About

Hey, I’m Andrew. Currently 23, Studying Architecture (in my final year – so I will soon be a qualified architect) working part time at a  phone store and love to play drums, when I have spare time that is. Recently (About June 2009) I built my first Drum, this began a whole new obsession constantly studying sites like Ghostnote.net and drumshed forums I started to attempt to make Ply Drum shells as inspired by a few other Australian Drum builders. This blog was created so that the readers can learn from my mistakes and see what has helped me out. Most of building is all from experience but small things can be learnt from seeing how other people work.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me either here or on my email address.

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    • Andrew Willis
    • August 12th, 2010

    Hey there Andrew,

    I stumbled upon your website through what seems like an endless amount of research on different techniques in making a solid drum shell. I started about a year ago, knowing absolutely nothing and have learned a lot. I am studying civil engineering, I play the drums and can’t find much time to do so as well. I just wanted to thank you for your site because it has been helpful. I also wanted to know how you determine the diameter of your drum to fit your mould. Do you cut it to length to fit exactly in your mould? Thanks

    -Andrew Willis

      • andyvanzant
      • August 12th, 2010

      Hey, thanks for the comment. Yeah I am in my final semester of architecture so the next few months there will be no building. In regards to the mould, the first shell I took out I measured around it to find the diameter.This basically allows me to cut the next ply to length – to actually insert it into the mould I have to open it up first as it is too difficult to put in if its a closed mould. Hope that is specific enough, if you need more information I will be more than happy to help.

      ghostnote.net and drumshed are two amazing forums to gather information. and the builders manual is great – full with info. I think its one of the links I have added.

    • Jonathan
    • February 17th, 2011

    Hey,

    Your a genius.. i saw your home made shell “press” .. wow.. * hat off to u mate.

    I was wondering where u were based in Australia, im based in melbourne… im wondering if you sold shells?

    🙂

    Jonathan
    0434607252

      • andyvanzant
      • February 17th, 2011

      Hey, I don’t sell my shells yet. Have built one for about 6 months but plan on getting back into it. I can give you some places to ask for blank shells. Metro drums are great and evetts make good shells. I will look for their contact info. Also ghostnote is a pretty good database for all drum building (it’s currently down but should be working in the next few days.

      • andyvanzant
      • February 17th, 2011

      Oh yeah, I’m in adelaide

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