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PVC double spocks

Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:31 am



My school's tenors don't have a single spock. At all.

I look online and see how expensive they are but I just want some spocks for our drums. I've heard the idea of making spocks out of 6" PVC pipes and I'm contemplating making double spocks while I'm at it. I'm thinking about them both being 6" but one shell is 6" and the other is 10" or so, similar to RPT Percussion(now Infinity 3).

I just want to know if it's a good idea, how to make the bearing edge, how to mount the casings, and how to mount the drum itself.
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Re: PVC double spocks

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:05 am



Is it worth doing?
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Re: PVC double spocks

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:11 am



i dont think it would be worth doing yourself. but you can buy some ones off of drums. that would be a better sounding, better quality, better durability, and more reliable than pvc. easier and maybe even cheaper too.

i found these on lone star:
http://www.lonestarpercussion.com/#/~se ... PerPage/96

or you could probably just search up "tenor spock drum __ inch for sale"


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Re: PVC double spocks

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 9:25 am



MusicGuy11311 wrote:i dont think it would be worth doing yourself. but you can buy some ones off of drums. that would be a better sounding, better quality, better durability, and more reliable than pvc. easier and maybe even cheaper too.

i found these on lone star:
http://www.lonestarpercussion.com/#/~se ... PerPage/96

or you could probably just search up "tenor spock drum __ inch for sale"
I looked but couldn't find any
I'm worried about the money mainly
But thank you anyway
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Re: PVC double spocks

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 5:24 pm



You'll need to know how to make the bearing edge, buy the tension casings, rim, tension rods, mounting hardware, etc.

It's possible, but if you miscut the bearing edge, the head won't sit properly and won't speak as it should.
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Re: PVC double spocks

Posted: Fri Oct 30, 2015 8:56 pm



I already have enough materials scrapped from old drums. For the bearing edge, after I get it cut, should I put a standard 45° angle or just keep it flat? And can I sand the bearing edge of it isn't even?
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Re: PVC double spocks

Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2015 7:14 am



You can sand the bearing edge, but again, it needs to be perfect for the head to sit, tune up, and speak properly.

I know PVC pipes are an old school trick, but the sound has never been that great to me and they don't really project that well.
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Re: PVC double spocks

Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2015 8:38 am



Thank you. I'll make sure it's perfect
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Re: PVC double spocks

Posted: Sat Oct 31, 2015 3:38 pm



Cpowers14 wrote:Thank you. I'll make sure it's perfect

For what its worth, even if the bearing edge is perfect (something professional drum builders spend years figuring out how to do), PVC is just not a good material for good drum sounds. You're going to spend a ton of time and effort trying to do something that could go wrong in a million ways, for a sound that even if its as good as possible won't be something you want to listen to. The spock drums that are available on the market aren't insanely expensive. I'd suggest putting the time and effort into a bake sale, or some sort of fund raiser to get the money together. You'll be much happier with the end result.


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