Inspiration…..

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Here is my drum kit in its current configuration…

My Drum Kit

Its a Roland TD10 (TDW-1) module with a mix of modded Traps Drums pads/cymbals and Roland cymbals…

It plays pretty well to be fair, far better than my actual ability can muster… I am still very much learning to play and have been using this book…

Learn to play drums

Its not too bad… teaches me how to read music as well as the rudiments etc…

Being an old fart my muscle memory (and general memory/eyesight etc lol) will take a little time to get used to playing but I can play some basic stuff and keep a beat lol

I often look around youtube for drumming videos to give me a bit of inspiration… stumbled across Anders Meinhardt a Danish drummer… the guy is pretty awesome and would love to be able to have a 1000th of his ability…

Couple of videos to show you what I mean…

One day I’d like to be able to play drum n bass on the actual drums… even if I can get the basics sorted I’d be happy…

Best crack on with some practice 😀

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Castle Combe Saloons TT race car

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Today (like most Sundays) I was over at Badger 5 helping my very good friend Bill out with mapping tweaks to one of the Castle Combe race cars he helps support, the TT driven by Tony Hutchings…

Tony won the series last year and is in a good position to do the same this year too but had a DNF at the last race meeting after the turbo expired…

The car is now back together and so we spent the day tweaking the map ready for the next race day on August bank holiday (31st)

TT Race Car

Was a fun day, no dramas except for a small fuel leak and finding a torch that had been left in the engine bay sat on the subframe!… the car is all running nicely and I am looking forward to being there helping Bill out as he is taking the Badgerwagon (his GT35 turbo’d SEAT Ibiza!) and Turnpike Racing who run the TT with a few other cars…

Badger 5 Badgerwagon

Details of the Castle Combe race series can be found here:
http://www.castlecombecircuit.co.uk/events/

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Broken CY-12r/c part 2

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So following on from my last post (Broken CY-12r/c part 1) the conductive paint turned up…

Conductive paint

So I took the cymbal apart again…

CY-12

As you can see the track for the top section of the sensor switch has separated and with it pulled the conductive strip away..

CY-12 damaged sensor

Using the conductive paint…

Conductive paint

…I painted on a new conductive ‘track’…

Conductive track

…I used a bit of tape to insulate the new track from the lower section to prevent miss-triggers and job done…

CY-12 sensor fix

I used a hot air gun to try and carefully warm up what was left of any bonding agent left on the sensor which worked a little but to be sure I secured the sensor with tape…

CY-12 sensor fix

Put it back together and gave it a test (I actually did a quick test and continuity check before refitting the rubber cover just to be sure 🙂 )

…works a treat 😀

I dedicate this one to Daz… you have a lot to learn my young padawan… well… I am the Modfather (apparently lol)

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Broken CY-12r/c part 1

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One of my CY-12 cymbal pads only works on the bow/bell input as the edge switch strip is damaged (this is how I bought it) and I use it as a crash cymbal anyway so its not the end of the world… but me being me I decided to strip it and see if I could sort it anyway 🙂

Take one CY-12…

CY-12

Remove the rubber cover… this should be done carefully (there are plenty of guides for this… have a look on youtube for ‘CY-12 bell fix’)…

CY-12 cover

And you will be left with the main part of the cymbal…

CY-12 main cymbal

There was a lot rubber residue so I cleaned it all off with IPA and moved onto the task in hand….

CY-12 edge trigger

The top sensor swich looks like its seen some heat (maybe from sunlight through a window or something) and the switch had de-laminated… this looks to have lifted the track (much like ye olde car dashboards where the PCB is a flexible plastic film on the back)…

CY-12 broken edge trigger

To test the theory that fixing the broken track would restore functionality I rigged up a bridge wire (much like repairing ye olde car dashboards 🙂 )

CY-12 temporary fix

…and tested it on the bow/bell input as this would let me choke the cymbal on the top edge trigger…

Bingo!… worked fine 😀

Next step is to source some of that conductive heated rear screen repair paint and use it to repair the track where its broken… I will update the blog with the results when I have it sorted

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Drum kit revival!

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Many years ago during one of my mid-life crisis periods (I have a fair few of them!!) I decide to learn to play the drums….

The wife wasn’t too keen of course so to appease her (and the neighbours) I got myself an electronic kit… The best stuff out there was Roland V-Drums but I didn’t have a spare £2k to spend on something I couldn’t actually play so I bought a kit without the drum module from Traps Drums (http://www.trapsdrums.co.uk/) and found a great condition Roland TD8 module on eBay… I then set about modding the kit to work properly with the TD8…

The original Traps triggers were a little basic to say the least…

Traps trigger

I tried a few variations including using a cone like the Roland pads do…

Traps trigger and Roland style cone

This worked better but wasn’t triggering accurately (I still couldn’t actually play that well at this point either lol)… next thing to try was to place the trigger in the centre of the drum (like Roland)… so I modded the snare initially by fabricating a cradle out of MDF, painted it black…

Modded snare trigger

…and fixed it into the snare shell… I added a second sensor for rimshot and dual zone capabilities too.

Modded snare trigger

Snare trigger

This worked perfectly!… positional sensing and rim shot all worked great!… pity I still couldn’t really play well enough to use it 😀

I then used this design on the toms…

Modded tom trigger

…and the kick drum…

Kick drum trigger

I also had to modify the cymbal pads to trigger correctly…

Cymbal pad trigger

Cymbal pad trigger

Once I had finished modding the kit it looked like this…

First iteration of modded Traps Drums kit

I then sold my TD8 and a few other bits to fund the work I was doing on my S3 so the drum kit took a back seat for a few years… but I recently got hold of a TD10 with TDW-1 expansion and have revised the kit a bit to be more practical and easier for me to carry on learning…

Modded Traps Drums kit and TD10 module

I need to rejig a couple of triggers as the kick drum double triggers and I have not been able to tune it out as yet plus I replaced the 12″ tom with one of Traps Drums new versions which was actually inspired by my trigger mods (true story)… Nigel from Traps Drums was that impressed that I went to meet him and I also met the drummer Bob Henrit (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Henrit) who was working for them at the time…

I also need to clean my office up a bit as its got very messy over the past few years LOL…. oh and still learn to play the drums 😉

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Got to love our roads….

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Little job for this evening… the wifes car developed a knocking from the front… as suspected it was the front balljoint… as I have already replaced the nearside arm (the front arms use stupid integrated ball joints so have to be replaced as a complete unit!…) doing the offside would be a doddle…

Nice new arm….

potholes suck big time

Old one off…

potholes suck big time

New one on…

potholes suck big time

Job done 🙂

Was chatting to a few mechanic mates of mine who reckon they are doing a lot more suspension work these days mostly thanks to the number of potholes around… I have bought three new wheels for the wifes car in the time she has owned it (and a new engine I should add!!)… I wouldn’t mind but its only 7 years old!! lol

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iPod Video flash memory modding

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Further to my excursion into refurbing my iPod (see this post… iPod Video refurbishment) I took it up a level and decided to mod it in OEM++ style

I found a faulty iPod on eBay as I would rather keep my original as a working one in case things went wrong..

I have been reading that you can fit a HDD with up to 256gb capacity into this version of the iPod… the capacity appealed… further research suggested other storage formats such as an SSD could also be used… then I found references about using flash card storage…

There are a few ZIF to compact flash adaptors available but CF cards are pretty old skool these days and decent capacity is either non existent or bloody expensive… I then stumbled upon iFlash which is not only a purpose made compact flash to ZIF adaptor but also comes with a compatible CF to SD card adaptor which are more readily available in decent sizes at good prices

iFlash information can be found here…. http://www.tarkan.info/store/iFlash-bundle

This is the unit…

It comes with a compatibility list of cards so I got a 256gb one from Amazon

The logic board was damaged on the iPod I bought but other than that it was in mint condition… shame as it was an 80gb iPod and had the best logic board for the job… ah well… I found a logic board on eBay… it was from a later model 30gb video so had only 32mb of buffer memory but for a flash player its not an issue..
iPod Video modding

Removed the 80gb HDD and fitted the flash card adaptor…
iPod Video modding

Tested and restored in iTunes….
iPod Video modding

Nice bit of space…. 😀

…and compared to my trusty 60gb iPod video…
iPod Video modding

Essentially loaded my current crop of ‘ticked’ music and podcasts (plus a few new ones it seems since I last synced) … 185gb of free space is a little better than 6gb lol

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