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    If so, what do you use!? A bedsheet looks too horrid and probably won't block much sun, but a bespoke cover might be OTT.

    What's normal? Or do y'all just keep 'em the hell away from sunlight!?

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    Sun isn't much problem unless they sit indoors by a window or for a long time during an outdoor gig. Ive seen kits with the wrap faded on one side because they were always set up by a window. I use an old bed sheet as an indoor dust cover. If we gig outdoors, I keep a clear plastic painter's drop cloth handy.....for protection from sudden rain showers. You could buy a cheap car cover and cut it to size if you want something a little more attractive. That would work for dust and UV, but not rain.
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    For me, it's home use only currently. I have it in an open conservatory (as in, no door, so temp from the house doesn't let it get too cold/damp in the winter) by windows with net curtains on them. It gets very warm in the summer, but not stooopid hot (~40C tops).

    It's a TD15K, so probably not as much worry with shrinkage as with an acoustic kit. Would be wary of the mesh heads though and any fading/warping of the rest of it. And dust too

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    Great….a current question that I have as well!

    We are moving to a new home where I will have a dedicated music room. I don't expect that I will have the drums where sun will hit them (through a window), but there is the ever-present dust problem, in particular an issue here in the Nevada desert. I don't expect to ever be playing them out, and will certainly not let them sit in the direct sun, which can lay waste to just about anything out here. I plan to cover them in the new house with a bed sheet or two when they are idle. I don't see any reason to try to get any more elegant than that.
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    I just make sure the blinds are closed when the sun shines in.
    Outdoors gigs means a plastic dropcloth in case of rain. Haven't had many long, outdoor, hot summer gigs.
    Dust? I dust drums whenever they show it.
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    My kit sits in an unfinished upstairs room that was gutted by a fire before I moved in. All it needs is some drywall. It's an old house so it's a little dusty in there. I use 4 bedsheets clipped together to cover it up when I actually do cover it up. I would like to get a parachute and rig it up so I could just lower and raise it up with a pulley system from the ceiling, though. Maybe one day. Or I'll finish off the room.
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    I use a black bedsheet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolvie56 View Post
    I would like to get a parachute and rig it up so I could just lower and raise it up with a pulley system from the ceiling
    That would be cool to see

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    wolvie56 good idea I'd like to see that too. I use a king size bed sheet, its in the house and soft.

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    Yeah, don't mean to sound snobbish about bedsheets, but it ain't gonna wash with the missus! The kit is visible from the lounge and some random shape with a bedsheet on it just isn't gonna work :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al-the-Al View Post
    Yeah, don't mean to sound snobbish about bedsheets, but it ain't gonna wash with the missus! The kit is visible from the lounge and some random shape with a bedsheet on it just isn't gonna work :(
    I can understand that, and since the missus is involved, I would suggest that you let her come up with a fabric, and color, that would be acceptable to her. Since it's primarily about dust, just about anything will do, and by getting the fabric, it can be made to exactly the right size for your kit.
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    I didn't know the missus was involved, we know how that is. Pastor bob has a good idea. Or if the odd shape is still a problem, and your handy you could get some 1/2 " pvc pipe build a frame around it, but don't glue the corner pipe so it could fold up and be put against a wall when your playing and easily set up around the set when not in use. All you need is the pipe some tee's, elbows and a hacksaw to cut the pipe to size.

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    Or just leave them uncovered and hit them with a feather duster every couple of days.

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    I use an older bed skirt on my kit. Not as thick as a normal bed sheet and more breathable. Does the job of keeping dust, bugs etc off the kit.

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    My set sits right behind a large bay window. I cover mine up with a bed sheet. They are a vintage set of Slingerlands 70-72? light blue pearl and I am trying to keep them as fade free as can be.

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    Swiffer for dust. Blinds for the sun. Sheet for covering. There's really not much more you can do but case them when you're not using them. Otherwise, leave them uncovered (which is my preference) and dust them weekly. When you clean/dust everything else. The better-half may prefer to dust them rather than have them covered. Let her choose. ...It's her house after all.
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    I do good to keep our large mixer covered.

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    Sunlight was never an issue for mr but when I was playing out I used two black king bed sheets sewn together to cover my kit. Back then we played at the same venues for the whole week do I kept it covered when we were not there.

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    I am with mile high---I have the windows covered with acoustic foam, so sunlight is not a problem in the studio, and I just got a Swiffer duster---makes it so easy---you can dust from the throne if you want! My studio is in my house, so I am in there every day, and covering is not needed

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    i use a bed sheet..

    its clean
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    It is almost a shame to cover them, they look much better as is I'm not so worried about dust, it's the sun since they're sitting in a conservatory. It brings a lot of light into the house, so blinds down all the time ain't gonna wash either. I just want to protect it from the direct sun so nothing melts or fades! Net curtains on some of it at currently dilutes the sun a little.

    When my kids are older, I'm gonna hijack a corner in their playroom which will be far better. But for now, it's too full of junk and I'd prefer to be able to keep an eye on it, especially when their friends are around

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    I don't park my kit near any windows so the UV worries are not an issue for me. After a good polish I keep them covered with a sheet, until I start getting tired of covering the kit after every session. Once I get around to cleaning them again it's back to covering them (for awhile).

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    Buy a car cover for a Volkswagen Beetle...
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    In the summer I hang a thick beach towel with a few clip off my rack to keep afternoon sun that gets through the edges of the curtains.

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    When I was on the road I had an old backdrop and used it to cover the whole stage set up, drums, amps, everything. It was more for theft deterrent. Used to do 6-7 nights a week, and this was usually Mon-Wed in one club, Thurs-Sat in another, so during the day people would be sitting in the bar drinking. Taking away the visual temptation was the goal. If some drunk guy was sitting eying all the stage gear, the thought of grabbing something small and hitting the closest exit was diminished if he could not see what was there. Out of sight, out of mind.
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