I was gifted a drum kit.

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  1. RevMike

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    A friend got a set of drums for his son who never used them. A cheap import set. The kid never used them so they sat in his garage for a few years until he asked if I wanted them. I went over last night and after a look over I decided to see if I could do something with them.

    I brought them home and got to work cleaning them up. Cymbals were trash. Unusable. Snare was trash. Unusable. A few of the drums we missing lugs and such. So I sort of took the whole thing apart, cleaned everything and after sort of cannibalizing the useable parts, I was able to salvage:

    Bass drum, floor tom, one of two mounted toms, throne, cymbal stand, hihat stand, bass pedal.

    Headed to the yard sale next month will be the snare, snare stand, tom mount, a few drum rings.

    Now...I'm not a drummer and I've only ever played cocktail kits. So I'm wondering should I use other parts I have, to assemble a proper kit? Or....just just use the bass and pedal and make a stand up Franken-cocktail set?
     
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    I got a incomplete kit off the curbside from a rental house that was cleaned out. Started looking for parts to fix it up, the cost of getting everything was higher than buying a new kit. So you might want to check the prices for what you need first.

    I used the old snare to make a Reso-acoustic guitar. Using the floor drum to make a speaker cabinet. I've seen some people use crappy cymbals as Resonator Cones. Used the bass pedal on a Canjon while you play guitar and the high-hat stand to mount a cowbell, heavy chain or tambourine.
     
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    Cool ... The neighbors are going to love you now :)
     
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    I would rather be gifted a banjo.
     
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    I have a banjo.
     
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    I have pretty much everything I need with other stuff that I already have.

    I'd like to see that reso-guitar.
     
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    I used some pine to attach the neck to the pine snare core. Then used a Stainless bowl inverted into a stainless colander. Didn't sound that good. I have a aluminum piece from a dead turntable that I'm going to use as the new Reso-cone. Gotta get a couple more pieces for it(make a bridge, P90 for the neck, switching to steel strings).
     

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    You could turn a snare core into a banjo. Just need to cut it down.
     
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    well, when you get these things next month try to look for a ride cymbal and a pair of hi hat cymbals, you'll end up with a complete "jazz" kit, ... you can entertain your neighboughs with it, as tery said, they're gonna love you :)

    seriously, with that kind of kit a lot of things can be done...
     
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    Dang. That. Is. Cool.
     
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    Thanks. Not all crazy ideas are bad.
     
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    So a drummer friend can over last night and played my new kit. It was pretty horrible. So I think that most of the set will probably go in the next yard sale. I may keep a piece or two.
     
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    This morning I wangled around with what I had. Kept what was usable and put the rest in the attic. The result, between what I had already and what came with this kit was this. My home brew stand-up cocktail set. IMG_2720.JPG IMG_2719.JPG
     
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    That looks like fun. That looks like a lot of fun!

    Add a set of Roto-Toms.

    They're on craigslist all the time for $75.

    $145 brand new at Guitar Center. You can release your inner Neil Pert...

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    It'll be fun for jamming. I'm a lousy drummer and I can't play any other way then standing. I had a good snare an a set of fixed hats. The bass was all I really needed. I did keep the floor tom too. But I'm using it as a side table.
     
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