Category Archives: drums

Using cheap automotive covering as drum wrap

One of the oldschool ways to cheaply re-wrap drums was with contact paper for shelving, but this always looked pretty poor and styles were pretty non-drum looking and very limited. Recently I was putting together a drum set from random drums I’ve collected from the trash and Craigslist, and was trying to think of ways I could re-finish it without spending a lot of money. After searching through Amazon, I found a very cheap way to rewrap drums that looks very nice!

This stuff is apparently for covering automobiles as an alternative to painting them or for adding details. It is definitely not as durable as real drum wrap, but this particular one I purchased was only $5 per roll! One roll is quite large and I was able to cover two toms with a single roll. It’s also wide enough to use on the kick drum. It is pretty thin however, so I don’t expect it to be very strong or resistant to tearing. You could possibly put a clear coat on top of it to strengthen if needed though.

The drum set you see above was re-wrapped with this exact wrap, except for the two 14″ and 15″ slingerland toms on the left above the floor tom. They match incredibly well and the chrome finish is surprisingly good! The cool thing about this stuff is there’s also some pretty exotic styles out there that would make very interesting looking drums, like Carbon Fiber.

If you want to see the full process of rebuilding this drum set and wrapping it with the $5 auto wrap, check out the YouTube playlist below.

Bonzoleum is doing a drum clinic in Lancaster, PA

If you’re a fan of Paiste cymbals and been on youtube, chances are you’ve seen Bonzoleum’s Channel. He’s a John Bonham nut and a charismatic weirdo who I never get tired of watching. I mean that in the nicest possible way too, since in a world this mad, only the weirdos are the good people.

Anyway, if you’re in the Lancaster area, go check him out.  If not, check out his youtube channel, it’s very entertaining.

New Linux Answer to Superior Drummer! AVL Drumkits Plugin!

Check out this great new plugin for linux that is a full virtual drum set that can rival Superior Drummer that’s free and only 40mb!

avldrums.lv2 is a drum sample player plugin dedicated to Glen MacArthur’s AVLdrums. This self-contained plugin provides a convenient way to rapidly sequence and mix midi-drums.

The AVLdrums comes as two separate drumkits: Black Pearl and Red Zeppelin. There are 5 velocity layers for each of the 28 kits pieces or drum-zones for both kits.

This is a very cool plugin and makes programming realistic sounding drums for free a breeze! Get it here http://x42-plugins.com/x42/x42-avldrums

A Very Young Stewart Copeland Talks Drums

I just ran across this vid and thought I’d share. I always love Stewart’s drumming, but also his amazing energy and enthusiasm makes me particularly fond of him. On this vid he talks a bit about his drum kit and some of the cool delays and fx he was using at the time. He’s a true talent and very interesting guy.