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    Looks pro!
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    Looks great Eddie!
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    Nice looking bucket riser guys. Looking into doing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EddieV View Post
    Been using the "buckets" for a couple months now. Club owners love it. Makes such a difference in the clubs and other venues that don't have a stage. A Casino manager that books us absolutely loved the idea.....but was a bit skeptical at first when we unloaded all these buckets on the stage floor. Everyone is amazed at how quick, easy and light it is. (cheap too!)







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    More progress. Carpet glued down, trimmed and stapled around edges. Hasp locks installed to hold halves together. All that's left is the skirt. (please excuse the clutter in the background and the bad quality phone pic)



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    Quote Originally Posted by nubdrummer View Post
    More progress. Carpet glued down, trimmed and stapled around edges. Hasp locks installed to hold halves together. All that's left is the skirt. (please excuse the clutter in the background and the bad quality phone pic)
    Awesome job!

    Mine has, at times, become a side stage for one of our guitarists in venues with small stages. Everyone gives me funny looks when setting it up, and the are just astounded after it's together.

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    coming along great nubdrummer
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    So I've gigged with the riser a few times now and I have to say, people are impressed. It really gives us a professional looking stage, and with the recently added lights, the pictures look awesome. If I didn't know better, I'd think we were playing at some major venue, rather than the back patio of a restaurant overlooking a golf course. That being said I am planning to build a smaller version for gigs (6'X6' vs 7'X7') and leave the larger one at home.


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    ^for sure adding a drum riser steps up your game a lot. It looks a lot more professional and I feel better being on a riser than on the floor.
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    I just joined the forum recently, I only recently got back into drumming after a twenty-plus year layoff (family, job) and this thread grabbed my attention right away!

    My dad made a version of this using milk crates in the early 80's. (He actually added a 1" wooden square on the under side for the crates to fit into so they didn't move.) What a great memory.

    And now you've got the wheels turning in my head about making one. Oh, my guitar players head is gonna explode....

    Very cool stuff gang.

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    ^Glad we can help motivate! I want to build a more compactable stage. The one we did is pretty big and bulky but works great as a stage... just tough to travel with
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    Coincidentally, just yesterday I started sourcing the parts for my smaller version. I'm thinking of tweaking the design a bit and not using the hinges, but having 4 separate pieces which are joined during setup. This would make it a little easier to pack and move.


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    Very cool nubfrummer. When I started this thread I was hoping to get feedback along with other ideas on how to improve the design that I had come up with. It is awesome to see people taking it and running. Please be sure to post some pics so that others can see your improvements.

    BTW, my original riser STILL looks and works as good as the day it was built. I haven't had even one single problem with it. Unless you count that time I spilled a beer all over the place.
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    Almost finished with the smaller riser. I made it as small as I possibly could while still fitting my gigging kit on it. It's 6 feet wide by 5 feet deep, which coincidentally will also fit flat in my new vehicle, a Honda CRV, which has about 11 cubic feet less space than the Mountaineer I got rid off. Hopefully all my measuring and calculating was accurate because I have a gig Friday and if the weather is good and we're outside, I plan to use it. Here's a pic after I assembled it and put some drums on it to check the spacing. Since the pic was taken I glued down the carpet and now it is drying overnight.



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    6", 8", 10" Fast Splashs
    12" A Custom Splash
    15" A Custom Crash
    15" K Custom Dark Crash
    16" A Fast Crash
    17" A Custom Projection Crash
    18" A Custom Projection Crash
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    Here is the finished smaller riser. It will debut at a gig Friday tonight.





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    Camco/Tama bass pedal
    DW5000 double bass pedal

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    14" A Custom High Hats
    6", 8", 10" Fast Splashs
    12" A Custom Splash
    15" A Custom Crash
    15" K Custom Dark Crash
    16" A Fast Crash
    17" A Custom Projection Crash
    18" A Custom Projection Crash
    18" A Rock Crash
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    What did you use to keep the sections connected? did you notice much movement while using it?

    Four buckets under each section?

    I've been wanting to do a version with smaller sections myself, so that it could be moved in a car if needed, so I'm appreciating your photos and descriptions a lot!
    Last edited by worcesterbruce; 06-18-2016 at 11:40 AM.

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    I used 6 Irwin Quick-Grip clamps, the 6 inch size. They held the sections together tightly and I didn't feel the slightest movement. My kit fit on the riser perfectly and it was super easy to pack and move. The setup would have been even quicker if I didn't have a drunk guy insisting on trying to help me. I ordered a 12 foot long by 1 foot high vinyl banner with our logo printed on a black background which serves as the skirt. I just use Velcro ties to attach it to the carpet and it really looks professional. Overall I'm really happy with it, and because of it's compact size, we can use it at just about any gig.


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    Yamaha DTX532k

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    Speed Cobra 310 bass pedal
    Camco/Tama bass pedal
    DW5000 double bass pedal

    Zildjian

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    14" New Beat High Hats
    14" A Custom High Hats
    6", 8", 10" Fast Splashs
    12" A Custom Splash
    15" A Custom Crash
    15" K Custom Dark Crash
    16" A Fast Crash
    17" A Custom Projection Crash
    18" A Custom Projection Crash
    18" A Rock Crash
    18" China
    18" A Medium Thin Crash
    19" A Rock Crash
    20" Zildjian A Ride
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    Here is the "floor plan" of my riser. 17 buckets and two pieces of chip board. I cut 12 inches off the end of the wood pieces because I didn't need it to be 8x8ft.

    I don't use ANYTHING to hold it together. The weight of the carpet and drum kit keeps everything in place. I've used this riser 500 times over the last couple years....it has yet to move.

    Every once in a while the guitar play will bump his foot into the front bottom corner of the riser bucket and the bucket will move a little. But it's never caused a problem.

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    Great work, all of you! I have all the material and start building this evening after work. Pics of the finished product to follow.

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    Here's the finished product. Not perfect but better than I expected given my lack of carpentry skills.



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    ^Are you a rush fan?

    I couldn't play with my high toms crank way up there like that.

    Great work on the drum riser though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpazApproved View Post
    ^Are you a rush fan?

    I couldn't play with my high toms crank way up there like that.

    Great work on the drum riser though!
    Thanks! I am a Rush fan but I mostly just use the 13" tom right in front. I needed the other toms to cover a few songs but wanted to keep the 13" where it was so I decided to try Peart's setup. Turns out to be very useful. The toms are easy to get to but are totally out of the way.

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    I would find it extremely cumbersome to haul around a riser to gigs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inthpktplayer View Post
    I would find it extremely cumbersome to haul around a riser to gigs.
    I totally agree! After a long gig,I just want to pack my s**t and git. If you know what I'm say'in.

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