In the previous part of this post – 1249: ropey drums (pt2) I was making up new lengths of rope and repairing the buffs, all preparation to do most of the drums. However I was left with three drums that needed new buffs to be made because I have changed the rope to match all… Read more »
The majority of my time is spent servicing, repairing and modifying percussion instruments. The posts below demonstrate the diversity of instruments that I work on and my approach to the job.
This M55 vibe is a work horse, it is the only vibe I recommend to people to buy. I last saw this vibraphone when I was in London, probably around 2003. It is the gigging vibe as opposed to the practice instrument at home, and now it needs some attention.
The final day of this job sees all the components come together, just leaving the rest of the timpani to overhaul and then the heads can go on. It was only when the customer and I were packing them away that we came across some unexpected problems.
This post follows on from Adam’s problems (pt 1). So day one was mainly spent setting up the drums, and making the bottom blocks. Today starts with finishing the installation of the other two blocks, before making more components. The original central tuning rod has been removed from the pedal, and is now actually central… Read more »