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Postby JasonDeLima » Sat Jul 26, 2008 10:00 pm

Okay, before I start, I don't wanna have a Cheerful-Bear fight. Sorry. Kinda wanna keep this serious.
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So now I have the idea that I should build my own snare drum since it's something that every drummer should do at least once or twice in his or her own lifetime.
I have these questions:

1. What can I tell my mom that would convince her to let me make a snare?

2. Would it be more expensive than buying one custom made from Medicine Man/DW?

3. Wrap/Lacquer/Satin/Blood?

I'm thinking I get a shell pre-drilled with the bearing edges/snare beds/vents already cut out, so I don't accidentally ruin a snare shell. I don't really need the experience, I don't plan on becoming a custom drum company. And then I buy my lugs/heads/tension rods and screw it all into good place.

What are your thoughts on my plans, and can you answer my questions?
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Postby Mitchell? » Sat Jul 26, 2008 10:02 pm

1) That assembling a snare drum is what you want to do.
2) Yes.
3) Well what do you want it to look like?
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Postby JasonDeLima » Sat Jul 26, 2008 10:07 pm

Mitchell? wrote:1) That assembling a snare drum is what you want to do.
2) Yes.
3) Well what do you want it to look like?

Well 3 was more of like a "which would be the easiest?"
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Postby zen_drummer » Sat Jul 26, 2008 10:11 pm

Perhaps you could get the shell from PJ, unfinished, and you could put on the finish yourself and do the assembly. I'm not sure he'll do that, but it's worth asking.

As far as your mother is concerned, share with her that you would like to try doing this. If she says yes, then go for it, if she says no, cut her some slack and don't give her a hard time about it!
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Postby shrub » Sat Jul 26, 2008 10:25 pm

1. Will she be covering the cost? if so, I would try to help out for money


2.It will cost more but i think the experience will be much more rewarding then just buying one.


3. people say wrap is the easiest, but from my experience I would stain it. However, its up to you because 1. Ive never wrapped at drum, and 2. Ive
been staining wood my whole life, so its easier for me, but maybe harder for you.
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Postby JasonDeLima » Sat Jul 26, 2008 10:28 pm

Ah man, I don't know now. Because you see, my parents never buy me expensive things anymore. I gotta make it through on a $20/week allowance.
I'm considering custom ordering one on one of my birthdays.
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Postby dedrummervanrolf » Sun Jul 27, 2008 4:13 am

I don't see why it would be more expensive to do it yourself... If buying one would be cheaper, doesn't that mean the seller would have to sell below cost price?
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Postby SlackBackLazy » Sun Jul 27, 2008 5:25 am

^^^
Yeah, I always thought it would be cheaper to make one yourself...
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Postby zen_drummer » Sun Jul 27, 2008 7:56 am

SlackBackLazy wrote:^^^
Yeah, I always thought it would be cheaper to make one yourself...


Not really. There are a lot of vendors for drum parts, but they sell those parts at retail, plus shipping. Buying parts in large quantities will lower the price per part, so unless you plan on buying a few hundred tension casings and a big 'ol pile of shells, you'll end up paying more to build a drum than if you purchased from a manufacturer.

There are valid reasons for building one yourself, one of which being the ability to have something that you can't buy "off the shelf". For example, there is no place you can buy a 6.25x13" vented snare with tube lugs and purple powder coated rims. You'll need custom for that, and making it yourself is a way to do that.

There is also a great deal of satisfaction in making a drum yourself, even if it does cost more money!
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Postby Timekeep69 » Sun Jul 27, 2008 10:19 am

I believe amdrumparts.com offers free edges and drilling if you buy everything from them. If so, that's the way to go. It will be cheaper to do that then to buy one from me or especially DW. The problem is that if you want to stain the shell you can with the holes, but it's going to be a headache tryingto keep the stain from going through and staining the inside of the shell.

It's a tough call. Because with wrap you can't get adhesive in a small enough amount for just a single drum. It's either a gallon of contact cement or an entire roll of adhesive tape.
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Postby Cheerful-Bear » Sun Jul 27, 2008 10:23 am

Timekeep69 wrote:I believe amdrumparts.com offers free edges and drilling if you buy everything from them. If so, that's the way to go. It will be cheaper to do that then to buy one from me or especially DW. The problem is that if you want to stain the shell you can with the holes, but it's going to be a headache tryingto keep the stain from going through and staining the inside of the shell.

It's a tough call. Because with wrap you can't get adhesive in a small enough amount for just a single drum. It's either a gallon of contact cement or an entire roll of adhesive tape.


When the hole stain-in-inside-of-shell thing happened to me, I just totally stained the inside. I've seen some companies do this. I forget their name though.
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Postby Timekeep69 » Sun Jul 27, 2008 10:27 am

Some companies do it intentionally too.
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Postby SlackBackLazy » Sun Jul 27, 2008 10:31 am

Im a novice to drum making, but couldn't you like just block up the hole with masking tape/cotton wool?
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Postby Timekeep69 » Sun Jul 27, 2008 10:32 am

Stain soaks into the wood grain and can actually soak past tape or anything else you try to block the hole with.

I'm not saying that it can't be done, it's just very difficult to accomplish.
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Postby Cheerful-Bear » Sun Jul 27, 2008 10:34 am

Timekeep69 wrote:Stain soaks into the wood grain and can actually soak past tape or anything else you try to block the hole with.


Which I learned when trying to do stripes. Wouldn't like stuffing the holes with cotton balls or something work?
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