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Looking for ideas on how to make a boom stick for sound effects (LOUD BOOM!!) Answered

Hey everyone!!  I'm looking to make a loud boom-stick for our local high school football team.  We are the Pirates, and already have a pirate ship in our end-zone, but we are missing a cannon to "fire" after scoring a touchdown.  It has to be pneumatic, because..... well, let's just say explosives or flammables are NOT very welcome on campus!  Anyway, it will not fire a projectile either, but when finished we will mock it up to look like an old pirate cannon.  I would seriously like to make as loud of a BOOM as possible!  Thanks for any help!!

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caitlinsdad

2 years ago

You might be better off pairing this with a sound clip played from a bullhorn or portable PA speaker unit. It's also a cooler visual effect.

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BrendanM59

2 years ago

although a giant gong or bell would be cool, I'm not thinking it goes with the Pirate theme too well..... thanks though!!

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Kiteman

2 years ago

"Everybody" has a cannon - why not do something different, like a giant gong?

You could go all J Arthur Rank...

Meditative (that could be a hanging packing container...)

You could be inventive with how you ring the gong as well - you could have the less-sensible members of the team head-but it with a helmet on, or you could hit it with a football fired from a compressed-air t-shirt cannon:

Or... you know those "cotton bud" battling things they used on Gladiators? Imagine a set of those made of an iron bar with an empty gas-tank welded on each end?

Heavy, but unique, and they could be carried to away games.

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Toga_Dan

2 years ago

I think you want a drum.