Introduction: Tripod Mounted DIY Electronic Drum Cymbal

About: Student at the University of York studying for an MEng in Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology. Not used this for about three years so a lot of this seems a bit old now! My passion is for space and would…

After seeing a few Instructables on here, and realizing how much cheaper it would be to make my own rather than buy an extra cymbal for my electronic drum kit, I decided to make one, and am pleased with the result. It's currently mounted on a tripod and acting as a ride cymbal. My kit is the Ion Pro Session. 

Stuff you need:

-Quality Street Tin Lid/ something similar;
-1/4" Mono Jack (;
-Piezoelectric Transducer (;
-Mouse Mat;
-1/4" Bolt;
-Drill with drill bits capable of going through thin metal. (1/4" and 6mm drill bits needed);
-Double Sided Tape;
-Insulation Tape;
-Soldering Iron;

First, cut the mouse mat so that it covers a third of your tin lid.
Next, stick it onto the tin and secure it firmly.
Now, solder the wires coming out of the Piezo onto the jack, and make sure the join is secure.
Stick the Piezo onto to bottom side of the tin, near the centre of the mouse mat.
Drill a 6mm hole in the side of the tin for the Mono Jack, close to the Piezo, and mount the Jack in place.
Then drill a 1/4" hole in the top of the lid, roughly in the centre.

Finally, mount it on the tripod, connect it to your module and blast away! :)