Quick, Easy and good sounding”Octobans”


A quick and easy enhancement to your drum set might be “Octobans” as originally named. if you want to do these, find some 150mm OD acrylic tube, I chose mine in 5mm thickness (140mm ID) and cut the length to have quarter wavelength resonators (including mouth correction) of tempered scale notes.

Lugs, hoops and heads are standard (6″) and I have chosen floor tom brackets to hold these in position on 9,5mm rod Gibraltar percussion stand…

…What I do not know yet (but soon) is how much we can consider those as quarter wavelength provided there is ans opened end as needed, but what about the “closed” end …with a membrane ? Any chance of this moving the resonances inside the volume (coupling…)

All in all they cost about a third of the list price for brands historically proposing these..so provided it is fairly easy to do and the result is up to the expectations, have a go !

Beautiful Stave Drum from Czech Republic

It was some 4 years ago on a trip back from Romania. I had the chance to go through the beautiful city of Prague and among this amazing environment, got a meeting with Erik at his shop to chat a bit about drum making.

I was really amazed by the skills and crafmanship of Hanus & Hert drums, from the home made stave shells from nearby forests to the intricate design of wood hoops. Hey instead of bringing back a T shirt from Prague, I got myself a magnificent 13×7 wood hoop stave oak shell snare drum.

13×7 Oak stave shell with wood hoops from Hanus & Hert in Prague

This was the first time I tried this type of shell and was positively surprised by the balance between the shell and the rest of the instrument. I submitted an article in my local drum magazine (batteur magazine in France) detailing some quick calculation about the amount of glue used in stave vs ply shells. The ratio is about 40 time less.

Snare drum in progress at Hanus & Hert, Prague

We will soon see how this measures in terms of shell damping and sound radiation, but there are some obvious differences in the resulting sound.

“before under after”