Intro: Attach a Splash Cymbal to Your Bongos
My roommate drums too much. Therefore, it's only logical to give him the ability to make even more noise. He had an extra cymbal and some bongos, and after a trip to the hardware store, we were able to combine them. Here's how!
Step 1: Materials
~one strip of thin 1 inch wide steel
~one 5/16 threaded rod
~one nylon lock nut
~one Paiste 8 inch splash cymbal
~two large washers
~two felt cymbal washers
The drum is a Meinl miniature bongo.
~drill and bits
~two pairs of pliers
~metal cutting saw
Step 2: Bottom Bracket
Two of the tuning bolts on the bongo are close enough together to use for mounting. Cut off a suitably sized piece of metal and drill two holes on either side to line up with the bolts. Drill a third hole right in the center. Make sure the holes and cut ends are deburred and not sharp.
Step 3: Bend Rod
Using the torch, heat the rod until it begins to turn red, and then gently bend into the shape shown using pliers. The exact bends depends on the size of your drums and where you want the cymbal. Cut the rod about two inches past the bend.
Step 4: Assembly
Attach the metal plate to the tuning rods as shown. Then, using two nuts attach the rod and tighten them very tight. On top of the rod, screw the nut down the rod to the bend and add some electric tape as shown. The tape keeps the cymbal from being damaged on the threads. Attach parts in the following order: washer, felt ring, cymbal, felt ring, washer, and finally lock nut. Tighten the nuts around the cymbal until it is secure and sounds good.
Step 5: Rock Out!
It works great, drummer approved!