Nigel Jones Drum Design Project

My Drum Design

A couple of weeks ago, I subscribed to your free drum building tips. I am a little short of money at moment and really wanted to get some tips, because I am aspiring to. So far I have received 3 emails off you, I must say with valuable info I hadn't even considered. I mentioned it to my daughter Marie.

Tonight, she purchased your full book on-line and emailed it to me for my birthday present.

Being busy as I am, I have only had a chance to have a quick flick through, but I will have a full read at weekend.

This is really just an email to say a big thanks, I would love to send you a couple of pictures of the drum design I intend to embark on, if that's ok?

My drum building project will be a long-term project for me. I am 51, in a week or so (hence the birthday pressy from Marie), have been playing for 40 years, and after a long break have only just started to get back into my first love...drums.

I think the project and triumph for me would be to do a gig and not just say, ' I played that' but to be able to also say, 'I Built that too!!!'

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I am sending you 3 drum kit designs I have done. All have a 22 x 18 Bass drum, and both 16 x16 and 18 x 18 floor toms.

Drum Design 1 has an 8 x 8, 10 x 9, 12 x 11 and 13 x 12 Handing Toms. (That's me stood next to em to give a sense of scale). Design 2 has the same as above, but with the addition of both a 14 x 15 and 15 x 14 Hanging Toms.

Drum Design 3 is based upon the kit I used to have. However the drum shell depths are a little more ambitious. 6 x 8, 8 x 9, 10 x 10, 12 x 11, 13 x 12, 14 x 13, 15 x 14 and 16 x 15 Hanging Toms.

The drums and cymbals are to the nearest millimeter, however, I have guessed the lugs and hardware, but I reckon they're pretty close, will do for visuals anyway. Design 2 was original going to be acrylic, as you can see by the pics, but gone off that idea and prefer the finish on design 2 really, you can't beat a nice wood finish! Plus I reckon acrylic could be less forgiving to work with! Also I have loosely modeled the RIMS Suspension system for the Toms, as opposed to shell-mounted support. I don't think RIMS do a 6" one, but, hey, what the heck!! Correct me if I'm wrong on that though.

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All pivot points are accurately placed, allowing me to angle and move the drums around as you would in real life, also, the drum clamps are constrained to the rack, so these slide along accurately too. Hope you like the drum design ideas I've come up with, let me know what you think.

When I first started thinking about the project, I was going to get a shell, finish it, then start the next. However, it may be more prudent to save up and get all the shells at once maybe, this in my view would negate any continuity issues with the wood if purchase separately over a period of time. (open to advice on that one).

In the first part of your book Brian, you mention that I have to get on a mailing list for the updates, however, my Marie bought me this as you know, so as my email is different to hers, would she have to do that, or can I do it from mine?

Thanks again, makes VERY interesting reading. May be a while before I can start my drum design project, as need to save up enough first, at least for the shells anyway. I reckon the hardware can wait a while, I'll have enough on my hands to start with!!

All the very best to you, use the images anyway you wish, if you would like to see some different angles, let me know.


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