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I'm actually thinking of porting my bass drum SHELL on my 14x18, using a 4" circular hole-cutter like I did on my cocktail drum. I'd put the port down low, so it wouldn't be easy to see. But it might improve the feel of the drum.
If you haven't done so already, you might want to pick Bermuda Schwartz's brain - I think his Impact BD has at least one vent cut into the shell.
I'm actually thinking of porting my bass drum SHELL on my 14x18, using a 4" circular hole-cutter like I did on my cocktail drum.
Keith,You've already got a Pearl tom mount on top of your BD, correct? If there are already some holes cut in the top of the shell to accommodate the tom mount, try taking the mount off, and then put the drum back together and see how it sounds/feels with those holes left exposed. Even if the holes don't total exactly as much as the 4" vent you're thinking about, it might give you an idea of any benefits you might get, but you wouldn't have to cut the shell to find out.
try taking the mount off, and then put the drum back together and see how it sounds/feels with those holes left exposed.
What would you use to protect the wood around the hole?
Yeah, that's actually where I got the idea. I'd love to play a set of Impacts to see what they're like - his sounded great when I saw him in concert, although I don't think his touring kit is vented.
To those who play with fire:What do you use to heat up the soup or coffee can? How hot do you get it? Do you burn through the head while it's mounted? Have you burned yourself doing this?I haven't decided if I'm going to cut, or burn a whole in my head.