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Drum manufacturing out of passion

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Genesis of a special drum

Genesis of a special drum

Martin Piroth is a graduate engineer
and the owner of a company that
produces all kinds of stainless
steel machine components.

A special skill of the company is
the refinement of these parts by thermal coating.
Martin Piroth is also a passionate drummer and
has been drumming for almost 30 years.

Dipl.-Ing. Martin Pirot (l.)

Martin Piroth is a graduate engineer and the owner of a company that produces all kinds of stainless steel machine components

A special skill of the company is the refinement of these parts by thermal coating. Martin Piroth is also a passionate drummer and has been drumming for almost 30 years.

The quest for that very unique drumset

The quest for that very unique drumset

At some point he saw the Groove Solo of „Zoro“, the internationally famed drummer, on YouTube. Zoro played a rather huge floor tom, estimated 18″, and Martin was so impressed by this that he wanted to play a giant tom as well.

Coated - Ground - Sealed - Polished

Coated - Ground - Sealed - Polished

He decided to build this kettle himself, from
a forged ring of stainless steel, just like
the large liners his company had
already made by the thousands.

A short time later the time had come.
The appearance was stunning.
Now the sound test was to come.

He decided to build this kettle himself, from a forged ring of stainless steel, just like the large liners his company had already made by the thousands.

A short time later the time had come. The appearance was stunning. Now the sound test was to come.

The way drums are supposed to sound

What does such a large and thick-walled stainless steel drum shell weighing about 88 pounds sound like?

Struck lightly with a felt mallet at first: a sensational sound!
Warm, soft, a gentle pressure that gives an indication of the dimensions of the drum shell. The heads do not swing too long, the sustain is quite short.
A proper stroke with the mallet: wow, the shell makes a lot of sound pressure. Loud and deep, really intense and warm. The sustain once again very short and precisely as it should be. No continuous tuning and no extra vibration dampers.

Common practice revised and perfected

And so the saga unfolded. Straightaway 8″; 10″; 12″; 13″; 14″; 16″ and 20″ large boilers were designed and produced. Soon thereafter the first big set was assembled and had to be tested. However, “ proper“ mounts had to be developed, that could safely position and hold these heavyweights. And once again the design and drawing process began.

We have developed exceptionally robust mounting systems for the heavy Tom Toms, which are completely rubber-bedded.

Stabiles Rack aus Edelstahlrohren

A sturdy rack of stainless steel tubes ensures the required stability and looks fantastic on top of that.

For the bass drum, special load-bearing feet were constructed and – especially worth mentioning here – the mounting for the foot machine.

The adapter for the foot machine can easily be docked to the bass drum support. This has the huge advantage that the foot machine is not docked to the clamping ring as would be customary.

It has been bothering me for a long time that one messes up the tension ring when attaching the foot machine to the tension ring of the bass drum. It’s a nightmare solution to every technician, something like that shouldn’t even be considered. The careful skin pre-tensioning is massacred on one side and then nothing is correct anymore. With our new construction this can’t happen at all.

Dipl. Ing. Martin Piroth

Heavy Metal - moving the masses.

Then the question arose: How do I transport this Goliath? The Snare Tom’s and the Tom Tom’s are easily carried, weighing between 17 and 37 pounds.

The bass drum, however, with its up to 110 pounds (22″ shell), is much heavier. A stable flight case with sack barrow-like wheels, as built and shown, is therefore indispensable. With this you can move the bass drum anywhere with ease, even stairs are no hindrance.

To load and unload the bass drum from the flight case you need someone to lift it. Bass players who are used to big combos with 15″ or 18″ are especially well suited for this task and have a heart for „big things“.

Flight Case für Große Trommel

Then the question arose: How do I transport this Goliath? The Snare Tom’s and the Tom Tom’s are easily carried, weighing between 17 and 37 pounds.

The bass drum, however, with its up to 110 pounds (22″ shell), is much heavier. A stable flight case with sack barrow-like wheels, as built and shown, is therefore indispensable. With this you can move the bass drum anywhere with ease, even stairs are no hindrance.

To load and unload the bass drum from the flight case you need someone to lift it. Bass players who are used to big combos with 15″ or 18″ are especially well suited for this task and have a heart for „big things“.

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