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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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Broken CY-12r/c part 2

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So following on from my last postย (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 ๐Ÿ™‚ )

…works a treat ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ยฃ2k 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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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