DIY Foot-drum

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About: I'm a Harmonica Playin' fool! I build my own amps and effects, and I do lot's of the DIY stuff. I also build and play cigar box guitars, play ukulele, blues guitar, melodica, and drums, and I beatbox a bit t...

This is a video demonstrating a DIY foot-drum I made for myself. The heart of it is an old tambourine. A used mounting bracket from a ceiling vent fan makes the A-frame stand. It's attached to an old board. The pedal is some mdf flooring offcuts I nailed together. I used a bit of trim from the kitchen to make a fulcrum. There is small bit of block attached to the top of the a-frame that I drilled a hole through for the eye-bolt and wingnut that attaches the tambourine. The trick is to wedge this block to the correct striking angle for the pedal. I put a it of spring below the pedal to soften the return.

Since I made this vid, I've further tapered the beater, and wrapped the end in leather. It makes a HUGE difference in the sound. You get a more bassy sound with the wrapped beater.

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    ampd_wombat

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Love this idea. So you could have your stomp box on the right foot and this on the left... Very cool!

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    OneHarpampd_wombat

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! It's all about mixing it up as a solo performer, and the more tricks you've got in you bag, the better! Glad you found it useful!