by Rob Scott
I retrofitted a 40-year old bass drum with bamboo legs.
Now the instrument may be played standing up. The pitch of the drum may be adjusted by pressing with two fingers on the head after striking.
After removing one of the two sets of lugs, I filled the drill holes with bamboo pegs, which now hold the six bamboo legs.
No new holes were necessary. Nor were glue, nails, or screws.
Update: The flexibility of the bamboo legs, combined with the minimal contact area of the feet, led this instrument to “walk around” (literally, moving a few inches across the ground each time it was struck) during play. I braced the legs and wrapped the feet in some wool from an old sweater, so now it stands still. The wool also served to remove some of the buzzing and rattling sounds. (RS, Oct. 2, 2009)