Kind of drum: Davoul / Side drum Details:

All drums are hand made in my little workshop and of course I only use materials of highest possible quality!

HERE ARE A FEW TIPS FOR MAINTENANCE AND HANDLING:


to tension rope: (HERE You can download the following instructions as PDF)
1 Turn the wooden tensioning peg by 180 degrees
2 Insert screwdriver (or similar device) into metal eye to relieve it
3 hold screwdriver in place and take tensioning peg out
4

Put peg back in on other side of metal eye and

take out screw driver


to release tension:
5 insert screw driver in metal eye opposite tensioning peg
6

Push it up a little to relieve tension on peg and take out peg


7

Turn screw driver by 180 degree put peg back in.

It should be in the same position as before,

take out screw driver


8 done!—well,

with this peg anyway...

Attention - To find out whether the pitch of your skin is the same all round. Just tab it gently with your finger near the frame and listen...


In January 2016 I made a movie, it shows the retensioning . It is a 15 min youtube movie in German language, but you can see me on the Fingers! Click here!

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Sound and durability:

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High quality plastic skins are long lasting and will endure even the most averse weather conditions. They also look quite natural and have a brilliant sound.

On the bas side I use a double layered skin with a muffle-ring. It is played with a wooden stick. On the high pitched side I use “Renaissance “ skins which are single layered and played with a rod.


Body and rings:
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Body and rings are made of different layers of beech plywood which are glued together to form highly durable elements of very little weight.    The tough surface of the beech wood is individually designed in different colours.    It is also possible to apply ornaments of your choice on body or skin of the drum.You can also choose the colour of body, rings and rope.

 


Rope and tension::

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I use pre-stretched ropes which guarantee a stable sound in wet, cold or extremely hot weather conditions. If, after a time, it becomes necessary to re-tune your instrument, please use instructions above.

This system is based on traditional techniques, it enables you to tune your drum within seconds! Synthetic fibre ropes ensure a stable tension in all weather conditions.


 

Tension pegs and leather rings:

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Normally your drum comes with a tuning system of wooden toggles and metal eyes. However, it is NOT necessary to relax the skin after every performance since it will not be damaged by heat.

On the back of each tensioning peg I put small strip of leather which keeps it from vibrating and/or scratching the glazing of the body. There is also a small groove in the wood to guarantee an tight fit into the metal eye.

A different tuning system is used on the side drums. It consists of sliding leather pockets. They usually work well, but after a while you may have to untie the rope and stretch it.

Cymbal Holder::

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If your drum has a cymbal holder then there is a nut inserted in its body. This enables you to screw in your cymbal holder in just a few seconds. To avoid damage you should, however, take it off for transportation.

This system can easily be inserted into any drum, but note that I have to take the skins off to do it.


Straps and Strap systems:
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Any straps used to carry the drum should not be fastened directly to the rope ( hey may slide on the rope while playing) but to the loops I put on the ropes for this purpose.

You can adjust the length of the straps the same way you do a belt, if it should still be too short, try putting it though a different loop.

 

Sticks and rods:

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The set of sticks consists of a bas stick made of maple or ash (in the shape of a spoon or as a turned stick) and two rods of different strength. These are wear parts and moreover not necessarily the best shape for your style of playing. If you are an experienced drummer you will of course know which sticks you like best, but for the beginner it might be important to try a variety of sticks as mine might be to heavy, too light, too short, too long....for you. If you know what you want you can either make your own sticks or let me know the details and I make them for you.

Please note that all my sticks are hand made, I don’t sell any standard models.

Transport and packaging:

kisten Most damages are caused during transport. It is essential, therefore, to protect your instrument.

However, I also make wooden boxes which look “medieval” enough to fit your stage equipment if your music is along that line.
These light and robust boxes are made the same way as my drums.
Therefore the price will be similar. If you are interested, please call me.

 

Transport and packaging: SOFT CASES

 

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Most damages are caused during transport. It is essential, therefore, to protect your instrument.

There is a number of strong bargain cases on the market, even in the right sizes...

I have a range of GEWA. I like to help the find the perfect size for your drum.
I can get you a suitable bag, or you can self from a great selection of different manufacturers choose
something appropriate ...

 

Transport and packaging: PROTECTION COVER

 

schutzdeckel 01
schutzdeckel 02Especially for large drums, this simple variant has proved:
Two protective cover from multiplex 5mm protect the skins. Inside a Feltstripes is bonded, Polyester-straps hold them together.
With plug to tighten it be closed.

Unpacked, this system takes up virtually no space.
Is in most cases this system be cheaper than cases from the trade...