I just completed work on a 20″ floor tom and I couldn’t be more happy with the results. It’s huge, it’s beautiful, and it sounds like a cannon going off (or at least what I think a cannon sounds like, because I have actually never heard a cannon going off.)
This was a fun build for me. This was the first time I had ever had wood burning done on a drum, and also the first time that I used Ego’s rounded claw that actually attaches to the bass drum hoop. (I’ll be adding a “How to Install Attachable Bass Drum Hoop Claws” section in the book soon!) You may wonder why I used bass drum hoops as opposed to flanged hoops…well if you can find me a pair of 20″ 8 hole black chrome hoops I would love to know where they are. I searched everywhere for them, but no one carries or makes them.
Here are some pictures from the building process.
I wish I could say that I had burned that design onto the drum, but I’m pretty sure no one wants me to mess up their drum shell with my drawing/burning skills.
I really like the look of these attachable drum claws, however there are some installation tips that need to be addressed if you have never worked with them before. All of the tips I picked up on from using these hoop claws will be added in the the “How to Make Custom Drums” bonus section in the next week or so.
I have been extremely busy the past month, and have slacked on keeping my readers up to date in the drum building community. For that I apologize and I will try to do a better job! I have lots going on in the shop these days so I should have plenty to talk about on here. I am in the process of building a studio kit that will be very much like this floor tom, except it instead of the black pearl inlay it will have aged white pearl inlay, and instead of black chrome all around it will be just chrome hardware. It will have tube lugs and hoop claws. 10″, 12″, 14″, 16″ and 20″ kick. Here is a picture of my progress so far: