Installing Quartz Percussion on harness in Sonor 1007

The finished drum...

The finished drum…

I have for some time started to install the nice Quartz triggers on harness on a pair of Sonor 1007 drums. I started with the snare drum and the result together with my MegaDRUM-32 ARM based trigger device was great!! The dynamics became equal in feeling compared to a TD-30 set. I was extremely impressed by how much a proper mechanical implementation made for the trigger solution. (It feels that I have been chasing right settings on my MegaDRUM forever, first using the Roland RT-10S triggers and then also built my own crossbar with triggers from 682DRUMS. I must admit – the drum feeling was not 100% right before moving to the Quartz stuff. When installed – everything started to operate as I wanted it!

Ok. As always – some challenges

I had some rules before starting up the project.
• No drilling in the Sonor 1007.
• The current ventilation holes was too small to fit the female connector…so you needed to drill to fit the connector.
• The vent hole was located just behind the tom mounting L-rod…there was no way to connect a ¼ teleplug from the outside under the T-rod. (Even if it was L shaped connector)
• I wanted to remain/keep the drum bottom heads on the drums for visible/ethic reasons. Looks great on!
• Mounting the female connector outside the drum could have been a solution, just using the trigger cables through the vent hole…but that would not resulted in the right look.

IMG_20130310_162203Solution
After studying some solutions…I came up with my own solution. Very often drummers do a mic/vent hole in their bass drum using an old can which have been heated up and then used to melting a drum head hole. I also saw some solutions like the XM Elec Drum, who actually have mounted the triggers and the connector directly on the mesh head. So I thought why not mount the female connector on the bottom drum head. Easy to replace a bottom drum head, if going back to play analogue drums again.

The finished result

The finished result

Steps implementing the solution
• So, I took two big washers with 12-13 mm inner diameter – just enough to fit the female connector. Painted them in silver color.
• Took a marker pen and draw a line inside the washer on the bottom drum head.
• Used a solder station to burn a hole on the drum head inside the line.
• Mounted the female connector using the one washer on each side of the drum head.
• Tighten the nut for the female connector – quite hard.
• Installed the Quartz triggers and connected the wires to the female connector.
• Done!

Finally, the solution seems to be working fine. The connected teleplug sits tight connected and there seems to be no risk that it should be falling out.

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Comments
  1. Glenn says:

    where the roland drum triggers before or after quartz percussion install

    • angr777 says:

      Before. With the centrally mounted Quartz triggers you are able to obtain functions like positional sensing with MD.

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