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E-Drum Do-It-Yourself: Acoustic to Electronic Conversions

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Kit Gallery

Tama Imperialstar 5-Piece - May


Here's an update on my own kit. I decided to move it into a larger room. You see there two 16" crashes, one 14" crash, a 10" splash, 16" ride (bell & bow triggering), and a 14" china. The kit plays awesomely!


Full Mesh 5-Piece - March


This DIY is controlled by a Alesis DM5 Module that came with 5 Red Hots (triggers). The heads are Pearl Practice heads. Pintech Practice Cymbals were painted with Rustoleum Specialty Metallic Gold paint, giving them a nice finish, and an interesting touch.

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TD-20 Full Mesh 6-Piece (Still in progress) - November



November's kit is a unique, original DIY build by Rasoo. Just about every piece of the kit is hand-crafted, even including the kick pedal & beater. More info to come soon, when it is complete!


TD-8 Full Mesh 6-Piece - October

Brett I.


Here is Brett's beautiful 6-piece DIY. We have a 14" DIY snare, as well as two 10" toms and two 12" toms. He used a 14" floor tom for the kick, and 14" DIY hihat. The kit stands on a half-acoustic-half-rack setup, with 2 16" crashes, a 10" splash, and 16" ride.


TD-12 Full Mesh 5-Piece - September


Here is an update on my kit. The difference between the May update and this one is that I now have 3 crashes, a china, splash, and ride. Just remember,

"You can never have enough cymbals"


TD-6 Mesh 5-Piece (Rack) - April


Here is njsoundman's complete TD-6 5-piece A to E conversion. It features three mesh 8-10-12 toms and a 12" mesh snare. Below are double pedal cobras (same as mine) smackin' a KD-8 and an FD-8 controller on a CY-5. The cymbals are PT Practice conversions, based on the ones from this site. You see there a 14" crash, 16" secondary crash, 10" splash, 18" ride, and a 14" china.

The beautiful natural grain tom finish was the result from pulling off the cheesy sparkling finish seen on a photo below.


TD-12 Full Mesh 5-Piece - May


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The final kit, which is a 5-piece Tama Imperialstar with Pintech Converted cymbals - crash, secondary crash, splash, and ride. The high hat is a DIY, with a CY-8 (immitating a VH-11). The kit works flawlessly, even the cymbals trigger beautifully. I've been playing it for almost a month in this condition and I hope it won't need much maintenence.

This kit was originally used with a TD-6. If you want to see which settings I used, here is a SysEx file of them. Use Midi-Ox to send this to your module via MIDI.

Download TD6 Settings.syx

The complete component list: 10, 12, 14 inch toms, 14" snare, 14" converted kick, CY8 converted highhat, 10" splash, 2 14" crashes, a 16" ride, and a converted cowbell.

The table is honored enough to support my brand new TD-12 and Alesis mixer. The guitar, bass, microphone, laptop, ipod, keyboard, and of course the kit runs through the mixer. The laptop is used for recording. Notice the sticker on the sticks can :)

This cymbals are all single zone and non-chokable. I don't like dual-zone crashes...I don't think it's worth the extra money. The ride will have bell/bow triggering soon.

The TD-6 Mesh Upgrade - April


This kit was the result of the completion of the mesh heads. I had to have something to hit so I mixed my TD-6 with the new mesh heads. All the TD-6 factory pads were mounted as cymbals and effect pads. It was a fun kit.
The back of the kit. I loved how compact it was, but of course I expanded and expanded. The three rack clamps I sold were to mount my acoustic cymbal arms to the rack.
As you can see, there are little white dots in the center of the toms and snare. These were the 'ol roller cones I used to use. They worked well, but these white dots killed me for some reason.

The Final TD-6 Upgraded - March


My very first kit, pretty basic. The only thing I look back and like is the compactness. It fit well in the corner.
I like the kit when it arrived, but hitting that rubber 8" snare just wasn't cutting it. I purchased a PD-105 and bumped that old 8" pad to the 4th tom. Then I got a CY-8 for a ride and used my autochoking CY-6es in single-zone mode for two crashes. This kit really could take a beating.
This is the very first picture I saw of the TD-6. It looks hideous to me, but back then it looked like a dream. It was folded up just out of the closet when this picture was taken.

2006 Michael N.
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