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  • doggyd69b commented on Hyoobaloinz's instructable Homemade Electronic Drum Kit2 months ago
    Homemade Electronic Drum Kit

    There was (or maybe there still is) another very similar looking kit , the main difference is that he made his drum rack from wood including clapms and tom mounts, it was definitely sturdy and great looking.I am on my 3rd iteration of diy kits, this time I found a 7 piece acoustic set almost brand new and great sounding for only $300, it came with an extra set of evans heads, a new full set of evans heads and some extras such as a snare bag, a throne, a direct drive single pedal, two cymbal stands, a snare stand and a hi hats stand. for all that it was really a steal, the best part is that it actually sounds great acoustically, but I want the convenience and volume control of electronics, so, I bought set of remo silent stroke heads, about 170 for all 7 drums, 5 ddrum red shot triggers ...

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    There was (or maybe there still is) another very similar looking kit , the main difference is that he made his drum rack from wood including clapms and tom mounts, it was definitely sturdy and great looking.I am on my 3rd iteration of diy kits, this time I found a 7 piece acoustic set almost brand new and great sounding for only $300, it came with an extra set of evans heads, a new full set of evans heads and some extras such as a snare bag, a throne, a direct drive single pedal, two cymbal stands, a snare stand and a hi hats stand. for all that it was really a steal, the best part is that it actually sounds great acoustically, but I want the convenience and volume control of electronics, so, I bought set of remo silent stroke heads, about 170 for all 7 drums, 5 ddrum red shot triggers for the toms, about $80, a couple of roland triggers, one for the snare (double zone) and one for the bass drum. those were $90 each, finally a while ago I found a Gibraltar rack for a single bass drum set but it can perfectly accomodate the 7 piece set with adittional room for extra pads for $250, and it came with 14 clamps,(it would have cost me about $600 to buy the rack and all the clamps separately. for the brain, I have 3 choices, Alesis I/O, Alesis DM5, and Roland TD-11, I also bought a Behringer Xenix 502 or 520 not sure, to combine the two modules outputs (the DM5 and the TD-11) mind you this was not all bought at the same time, I spend about 2 years getting different things as they showed up on Craigslist or Facebook. some I did order online, still Drums $300 Rack $ 250Module if you were only using the Alesis I/O $ 150Heads, $ 150Triggers $ about 150 if you go with the ddrum 5 packso for about $1000, (the price of the Roland TD 11) you can have a drumset that looks and responds much better, (minus cymbals) but for about $150 you can get a 5 piece Pintech set and you are ready to go.of course, you can.... buy a really cheap acoustic set for about $100Make your own triggers for about $20make your own cymbals, for ??? depends how technical you want to getbuy the cheapest used module you can find... maybe around $100buy a piano pedal (for the Hi Hats) and a single pedal for the bass drum) maybe another $100 finally, and this is where most of us struggle, make your own rack.. but in the end, the idea is to have something reliable, and upgrade components as you can, from my first electronic diy to my last it has taken me a few years (mostly because of time and moving constantly). You can also check your local pawn shop and music stores, they have used gear all the time, specially electronic components, I have found Roland cymbals barely used for only $100, Alesis for $40. so what if it takes you 2-3 years to get there? in the end your drums will look and sound way better than the $7500 Roland set I was able to test at the store. Frankly for that amount of money you can buy the best acoustic drums, the best roland mesh heads, the best triggers, The best cymbals, a brand new rack, have drums that look and sound way better, and still spend less than half of that!

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