Welcome to kettledrums.com!

I put this site up back in the early 2000s, not only because I enjoy working on percussion instruments and writing HTML, but also because I've found that there isn't much information readily available on the Web (or in print, for that matter) on how to build, modify, or overhaul orchestral percussion instruments. Of course there are some things better left to the experts (I wouldn't dream of trying to tune mallet instrument bars myself!), but there's also a lot that a mechanically-inclined player can do with basic shop equipment and skills. There can be a real secretive streak among those who know how to do this kind of work, and that goes against my grain. Borrowing an idea from the computer world, my intention is to base kettledrums.com on the 'open source' model: try out the stuff I've done, and if you find a better way to do it, by all means share it with everyone!

To that end, I encourage others who have done or are currently doing projects similar to mine to send me photos, writeups, etc., so I can post them here. I have used my own projects to get things started, but I hope that down the road the article list will include a lot of contributions from others.

Check out the FAQ page--I based it on the content of emails I've received since I put the site up. I'll add to the list as I receive new questions. And, again, if you have anything to add to that content, in terms of questions or answers, please let me know. I don't want to imply that I know everything about this stuff--the content you see here is based only on my own experience. Your mileage may vary. Happy picnicking, and don't feed the deer!