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Over the last 2 years we, (my daughter and self), have exhibited our Dual-Volume Acoustic-Drum arrangement at various drum shows, maker faire events, and entrepreneur events. My sixteen year old daughter is both co-inventor of the original and this variant design. We launched this KickStarter campaign to initiate a limited production run that will bring 100 compact Snare Drums to life. These compact drums have the physical footprint and weight similar to that of a practice pad; yet, our drum is functional acoustic snare drum usable for live performance as it generates a good smack/pop sound with a snare buzz in the same manor as a normal snare drum (main video has examples). This compact design lets you tote around a functional acoustic snare drum in similar fashion as you would have toted around a common practice pad; however our drum may be played upon a tabletop just as a practice pad frequently is used. As it is very small it is also ideal for people with limited space access as it is easy to store requiring little space. As the inner cavity of this design is open and the drum has a single drum head the drum may be muffled with cloth when auditable levels need to be reduced; this is also demonstrated in the main video.
This design is a variant of our normal unobtrusive drum design; only we have removed the low-volume playing surface from this design, for this build we restricted the size to being a 10 inch diameter drum head; thus, a snare drum with a 10 inch playing surface. This drum may also be fitted with rubber feet allowing it to be placed on a table, counter, stool, chair, bench, floor, or even a drum stand. Not requiring a drum stand for usage of this design eliminates the need to tote around a drum stand furthering it's convenient to-travel design as less is required to be transported and stored.
The need for this portable acoustic design was brought to our attention as we exhibited our dual volume drum system at various events over the last 2 years. While most of people absolutely loved the dual-volume nature of our design ; a notable amount of people (around 20%) remarked that they were not in a situation that sound volume levels were an issue; as such, they only needed the compact benefits of our design and asked us to consider making a smaller diameter sized version that could replace the practice pad. This KickStarter event will aid in determining if this type of product has enough value to become a normal production item.
Our public introduction of this off-shot variant only just began on January 27th of 2018 when we simultaneously launched this KickStarter campaign and began to exhibit the 10 inch snare drum variant for the first time at the Elkhorn Mini Maker Faire in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. In the above photo the 10 inch snare drum can be viewed alongside our 14 inch dual volume snare drums in the center of the photo. We where excited to see the launch of an new Maker Faire event, so when Elkhorn's invited us to participate in their first Mini Maker Faire we viewed the KickStarters second annual "make/100" as an ideal time to put the compact 10 inch snare drum design to the test.
How The Funds Will Be Used
The funds will allow us to make a run of 100 snare drums that have an overall height of 2 inchs and 11.5 inch diameter that can be fitted with any standard 10 inch drum head. These drums will only use high quality drum hoops that allow the drum to be tensioned much tighter than that of the drums currently found in the market. The base/shell, and snare is part of our patent pending design. This same drum is offered as one of the rewards to people that back this campaign within identified noted tier.
To offer the best versatility to backers that select a tier that rewards with a drum then once funded we will acquire each possible drum head from EVANS available in the 10 inch size and make videos available to all the backers that demo each head tuned at various tensions recorded on a HI-FI digital quality level. Variants of snare arrangement will also be provided. Prototypes of versions that are even more shallow will also be built and demoed; we have experimented with versions as shallow as 1.25 inch total height. We have also experimented with making our own wood drum hoops. Funding will bring the option of wood hoops to our product line.
About Out Business
AE DRUMS LLC is registered in Wisconsin and exist as a separate taxed entity govern by a single owner. The business was founded to become my daughters business once she is old enough and prepared to take over operations. backing this campaign both brings this variant to market, allows the business to grow, and expand our tooling at an earlier stage allowing more options for customer customizing.
Our Current Product
Our main product line is slated out to manufactures drums in diameters as small as 6 inches through the range of 40 inches that normally have dual volume modes allowing both loud and unobtrusive sound levels. All drums may be used as a snare, tom-tom, or bass drum. Off-shot variants are also being explored such as found in this campaign.
AE.drums In The Media
AE was on TV as the last presenter in the first season of 'Project Pitch It' http://www.projectpitchit.com/. At the time of this campaign Project Pitch It is actively airing their second season on WISN-12, and will also begin airing on other networks throughout Wisconsin.
AE was also selected as one of the Classic Drummer Pick from The 2016 Chicago Drum Show:
AE has also participated in other entrepreneur events such as the 2015 Riverworks Dolphin Pool, 2015 Fall season of The Commmons, and received support from MATC in Milwaukee.
Thank you for viewing this campaign, any support is inspiring to our project. We made 2 different tier's for people to show support that are not yet ready receive a reward. The $2 tier is for those who wish to show support for the dual-volume drum and a $1 tier to support the Compact 10" Snare Drum.
Abby & Michael Bean
the original video as posted on January 27th of 2018 just before attending the 2018 Elkhorn Mini Maker Faire:
Risks and challenges
To reduce risk this event is limited to production of only 100 of the small portable 10" Snare Drums. Our normal business model is slated for Dual Volume Snare Drums with a 14 inch playing surface. Future plans expand this dual volume arrangement into full drum sets. This campaign empowers us to fund the need of building our own CNC equipment focusing on sizes of 16 inch and smaller in volume and special builds up to the size of 40 inches. We have patent pending status for both the portable Snare Drum and Dual Volume Drums System. To prevent delays of having rewards ready for July we will not be extending stretch goals or expanding beyond 100 units for the first run.
Like the idea of the 10 inch snare drum and it's just not the right time? Throw us a buck so we know our unique small drum should become a standard production item and also become a voice in the comments section of this campaign to influence it's design. We will also keep you updated on this item if we ever do another production run for this item.
Throw us a $2 bill so we know your interested in getting our unobtrusive drums and we will keep you updated on the release of our upcoming Dual Volume Acoustic Drum System (and any other items) as they become announced. You will also make our list for manufacture rebates.
Debut Weekend Deal; (shipping included):
we are showing off our new 10 inch Snare Drum for the first time ever at the Elkhorn Mini Maker Faire in Wisconsin. Back this project this weekend with a $55 or more pledge and your reward will be fabricated from our first pilot run of 100 units and shipped to you in July; you will also receive exclusive offers and insights on our upcoming Dual Volume Acoustic Drum System.
Back this project with a $55 or more pledge, (plus $5 shipping), and your reward will be fabricated from our first pilot run and shipped to you in July; this reward is limited to 20. Options will be offered in the survey to select drum head type, snare arrangement, custom color or stain of base, and options for hoop style and color. You will also receive exclusive offers and insights on our upcoming Dual Volume Acoustic Drum System.
Back this project with a $60 or more pledge, (plus $5 shipping), and your reward will be fabricated from our first pilot run and shipped to you in July; this reward is limited to the remainder of the first 100 built and will offer some of the customized options generated by the feedback aquired from the "early bird" backers suggestions. You will also receive exclusive offers and insights on our upcoming Dual Volume Acoustic Drum System.
Back this project with a $75 or more pledge, (plus $5 shipping), and your reward will be fabricated from our first pilot run and shipped to you in July; this reward is limited to the last 15 of the first 100 built. Some options to customize will be offered in the survey dependent upon suggestions as given by backers. You will also receive exclusive offers and insights on our upcoming Dual Volume Acoustic Drum System.
Want the "αlpha" proof-of-concept seen on the cover page, videos, and photos? Be the first to back us with a $222 and select this pledge; if funded then the black 10 inch Snare Drum will become yours. This drum will ships immediately after KickStarter releases us our funds. The first ever made 10" proof-of-concept Snare Drum is not part of the overall 100 make count; additionally, this αlpha build includes some updated enhancement that have not been portrayed upon this campaign. This build will ship with lug-nuts that are standard square headed drum key compatible, snare activator/throw-off will be added, built-in retractable legs ,and a proof-of-concept wood hoop (along with the black metal S-hoop seen in the photo and video) will be included. We will even throw in a Æ.drums T-shirt in your size.