Converting a hanging tom to a floor tom

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Converting a hanging tom to a floor tom

Postby AgDrumma07 » Wed Oct 22, 2008 8:44 am

I have a 14x16 hanging tom that I'm going to convert to a floor tom with legs. Anybody done this?

It's a Rockstar tom with a wrapped finish. Honestly, I don't even know where to begin. I've pretty much got the spots lined up where I want the brackets to go. Here are some of my questions:

How far up from the bottom should the brackets go?
What's the best method for drilling holes?
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Postby johnisonfire » Thu Oct 23, 2008 12:02 am

On my Ludwigs the floor tom mounts are about 5" from the resonant edge of the shell. 4-6" would work given you have the standard 21" or so long legs.

Best method for drilling? Use use a brad point bit or a Unibit. I've even used a 1/4" spade bit with success. The main thing to remember is to "punch" a starter hole with a nail or a punch tool and to have something clamped behind it to prevent blowout. I clamp a 1x2 inside the drum shell. using a punch helps keep the bit from "walking" during the beginning of drilling the hole.

Or if you're ever in the Austin area come to Round Rock and I can drill them for you. :mrgreen:
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Postby Assback » Thu Oct 23, 2008 12:28 am

i posted a thread about converting a free floating tom to a floor tom too. someone suggested i look into buying this. i still havent gotten around to buying one but it looks like it'd work perfect for my situation, and possibly yours. take a look and see what you think. personally, id rather try this than drill holes into my drum

http://www.precisiondrum.com/DSS_Basket.jpg

the above item is off this site. click the link and scroll about 3/4 down the page and you'll be able to see the specs and options

http://www.precisiondrum.com/html/body_parts.html#dss
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Postby AgDrumma07 » Thu Oct 23, 2008 7:00 am

Ass back (nice name...haha) I've looked into those and they are definitely a great idea. However, I am 100% on this and want to make my drum a permanent drum with legs. Thanks!
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Postby Assback » Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:49 am

for sure. do what ur gonna do my man
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