|I started with a 22"x18" maple
keller shell. The wood was not an issue since it would have no effect
on the tone. I used a round router bit with a dremel tool to create the
bearing edges. A little sanding, a little stainiing an voila!
|I ended up using a Pintech-like
trigger. It's basically a half circle of dense foam with a piezo glued
in the middle. The gray line is where I slied it open. I used a silcone
sealer to glue it back together. Another piezo is glue at the top and a
TRS jack is screwed in at the bottom.
|I started out with this trigger
but it never worked. It is a basically a pizeo glued to a metal plate
with foam glued over it. It was very insensitive.
|Next put the heads on. Building
the heads were the hard part so it gets its own page.
Building E-Taiko Heads
11 holes were punched around each head and them tied down in a close approximation to the Japanese Technique.
|This took a little less than 100
feet of rope! You first thread the rope around in a pretty
straightforward manner. Much like the snare drums from colonial days.
Then you do loops around the middle all around to make it even tighter.
Then 4 wraps around with the excess. I was surprised by how tight you
could get the drum head using rope.
|Of course you need something to
wack the drum with. I made 16" bachi (taiko drum sticks) out of poplar.
I rounded the edges and then started beating things.