O.K. I can not take any credit for this one, but it was so good I had to post my thoughts on it. Over at the Vdrums.com forum, there is a topic on the possibility of using internal tom muffles for an inside mounted trigger system. It was started by ole_hansen (member of Vdrums) We have all seen these but, here is a picture to remind you:
I thought it was a good idea but, there is some things that would need to be addressed. Things like the stiffness of the over all unit and how/what to replace the felt pad with. As the descution goes on, many ask how ole_hansen would address these issues. I got more interested in the idea once I saw post #14 by jem454 (member of Vdrums). This member stated simply:
“Now that you got me searching I may use Pearl’s external muffler (didnt know they made those) so I dont have to touch my shells.”
This person hit on what I think is a great idea. Being able to DIY a professional external clamp-on trigger for less than half the cost of say a Roland RT-10T Tom Trigger ($75.00) or a ddrum Tom Trigger ($59.99). If you are wanting to use external clamp-on triggers, like to DIY stuff, want it to look professional, and want to save a little money this might be a good alternative.
One more thought. There isn’t much to these external clamp-on triggers and I don’t think it would be that hard to DIY. As proof I give you a picture of the internals of the ddrum Tom Trigger (from Musician Friend).