I have tryed many pads in my time, some loud ,some quiet ,some just plain hurt after an hour of playing.
After looking at a Vdrum set that cost £3000 i noticed it used the same piezo bugs (see pic,,,radio shack or maplin )
that all the other pads used but this time mounted under firm foam cones to transfer the shock from the mesh
head.... mesh heads are nearly silent a big plus!
This realy is the best way to use these piezo bugs ,the head mouted type always snap the wires off with the
up and down vibration.
The real V drum mounts a bar across the shell like a bridged from side to side,the piezo is mounted on
the center of that bridge with the cone point just touching the mesh head.
I sat looking at my rototom one day and thought "this already has a bridge an ideal one!!!"
After 20 mins i came up with this ..
A rototom is a pain in the arse to mount so i bought 2nd hand pearl ISO mounts i made a few as well
In this picture you can see the foam block i made out of Grey water pipe lagging (it comes in long split
tubes B&Q) but any hard ish foam would do.
I didnt cut it in to a cone shape i just snipped a few edges off till it just pushed up againt the head.the
bug is held on with double sided tape as is the cone.
Before using the piezos and B&Q foam i used DDRUM redshot pickups, now i would not go back to
the DDRUMS ...... amazing !
TIP the roland Vdrum heads are about 3 times the cost of other brands
More pic's at the bottom of this page :)