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The Randy HI-HAT Adaptor

$10k goal

Campaign created 3 months ago
Venice Lion  CLOVIS, CA
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The goal is to make it possible for evey drummer to be able to have a Randy HI-Hat adaptor to use and play with. If I can get enough funds together I would like to give samples away to drummers and music stores and see if they can be manufactured and sold cheap which I'm pretty sure they can. Because they are not a big money maker, no one is really interested in investing for profit.

http://venicelion.com/therandy.html


The Randy adaptor that clamps on to the Hi-Hat stand for drummers needs a simple re-design mainly for the clamps and there is a simple clamp design that is already used by drummers that would allow this device to be manufactered cheaply and make them available for every drummer. The adaptor allows for the Hi-Hat cymbals to be positioned where they barely touch providing a loud Hi-Hat cymbals crashing against each other in a sloshy loose position without the weight of the top cymbal muffling the ring of both cymbals like a drop clutch would do. Example sound is Led Zeppelin drummer Jon Bonham on the song Rock & Roll Led https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GonQSHxzb1k This sound is accomplished by holding the foot on the Hi-Hat pedal manually or locking the clutch of the hi-hat in that position. The Randy adaptor allows for quickly positioning the cymbals for the loud sloshy sound by lifting it or the top tube of the hi-hat.  And by flicking the lever releasing it and going back to the standard playing position that is pre-adjusted. The Randy Hi-Hat adaptor also allows the freeing up of the hi-hat foot to be able to play an extra bass pedal that drummers who play double bass or use double bass pedals set up next to the hi-hat pedal and also use a drop clutch on the very top to let the top cymbal fall onto the bottom so they can continue to use the hi-hat with the sticks.

The funds would be used to find a manufacturer who could copy the widely used clamp design like these clamps (ADP-20 http://pearldrum.com/products/hardware/adapters/ ) use but only one single clamp in the middle with the edges extended out to have on one end the lever and on the other the centering rod that keeps the hi-hat tubes from twisting around while playing. Two clamps: BOTTOM CLAMP one end holds lever and spring, other end has centering hole drilled into it. TOP CLAMP one end nothing (squared off landing for lever) the other end a rod that extends downward to go through centering hole on bottom clamp. The existing lever and rod used on my old prototype work well and have been proven to work. I put allot of time and effort into them testing and been playing them for years. http://venicelion.com/therandy.html
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Update 3
Posted by Venice Lion
1 month ago
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The Randy and levers are now available in Brass, hand crafted. On display at Bently's Drum Shop in Fresno, Ca. http://VeniceLion.com/randy Bently's has a great drum shop and a joy to hang out there with all that fabulous equipment and drums.
On Display at Bently's Drum Shop
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Update 2
Posted by Venice Lion
2 months ago
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2017 (new version) new hardware these days pretty much sucks! 1960's Ludwig HI HAT with one leg removed (allowing room for left bass drum foot pedal), a 5/16 inch rod (purchased at hardware store (towel rod)) clamped to Hi Hat (bottom clamp), with an old Randy lever,springs and (top clamp) clamped on to top tube with 1/2 inch brasss pipe coupling (bushing) for the rod to slide through. This is the Hi Hat that is the best I've put together so far. The old hardware really holds up and was built to take a pounding. New hardware sold today has cheap thin walled tubing like the towel rod I used for this version. Also this version has no additional set up time and packs up, transports easily and unpacks and sets up fast with no hassle. Easier to dial in your settings by adjusting the clamps also if needed once you have set it up the first time. It is a real shame as I have purchased new hardware and some high end stuff recently and DOH! screw and other parts of it messed up just after setting it up and using it a few times. It didn't and won't ever make it to a gig. Trash really. The old hardware built way back when was made to last a 100 years and does. I've got some hardware that has really been abused and used on countless gigs all over and constant tear down and set up. Even the drum shells these days don't have reinforcement rings and no built in mufflers and the mounting hardware is junk. Tom toms flopping and jumping up and down while playing and you see that sh.t on TV and videos to. Should be embarassing. Of course there was a time when a ride cymbal L arm would flop over on Buddy Rich and on TV so well it's always going to be a challenge but we should be making progress not cheapening the stuff. One could buy a 1/2 wide piece of band iron at the hardware store (they have some nice shinny short pieces of band iron) and simply drill a 5/16 inch hole at one end for pivot and placement in the bottom clamp, cut with hack saw the other end 6 or 7 inches to make a lever, buy a couple springs, lever would just fall under top clamp. Play with the bends to make a step on the top of the lever if needed. Clamps (ADP-20 Fits 5/8"~1-1/8" ). http://pearldrum.com/products/hardware/adapters/
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Update 1
Posted by Venice Lion
3 months ago
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Added video of the Randy playing it.
The Randy Hi-Hat adaptor for drummers
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Created January 18, 2017
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