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$3,280
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The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, December 28 2015 8:23 PM UTC +00:00
$3,280
pledged of $19,000pledged of $19,000 goal
19
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, December 28 2015 8:23 PM UTC +00:00

About

About me and why this invention? 

I experienced my first 'defining moment' in music when I was just five years old. I began playing drums; the percussion, the rhythm, the feel of the bass drum in my chest was a deep and exciting feeling like no other. Fast-Forward a 'few' long years: 2015; an alumni of Berklee College of Music, I play semi-pro throughout Northern-and-Southern California. 

There is one problem every drummer must deal with at every venue; "bass drum creep". This is when the bass drum slides away while you play it. Every bass drum must be secured, and every drummer needs to secure their bass drum; to do this, drummers haul a carpet, cement blocks or nail a two-by-four to the floor to keep the Bass Drum in place. After playing for more than ten years at hundreds of gigs in LA, lugging a carpet with me everywhere to keep my Bass Drum from sliding away, I invented the PATENTED SOLUTION to end 'Bass Drum Creep!'

I researched, experimented, yelled, collaborated, investigated; , screamed, crunched numbers, churned out letters, conducted interviews, consulted my muse, and finally! The time has come! I came up with a prototype of THE device which would prevent my Bass Drum from sliding. I would never have to drag a carpet around with me again!

After I moved to Northern California I fine-tuned and perfected this device; I never again have to worry about packing or -forgetting to pack- a carpet along with my drums. I have been using 'The Bass Drum Strap' (aka The Strap or The Kick Strap) for two years and it performs flawlessly every time!

These days, I'm playing out two to three times per week and this device, 'The Strap', is a necessity for me and MUST HAVE for every drummer. Not only am I a musician, I am an entrepreneur, and I am very excited to bring my invention to the market-place. 

It's been two years of design-review, re-submitting, and productive waiting; while acquiring the patents I continued 'real-use' device-testing of The Strap at all my gigs. It works beautifully. I'm now ready to launch 'The Strap' so all drummers can get THE Solution to Bass Drum Creep!

My website, www.bensonsmusic.com has "real-use" videos showing The Strap in use. The Strap works for every gig, on any surface!  

Working with a local steel shop in California, the first 200 units of 'The Strap', with my patented laser-cut steel plate and hook have been completed. When I am funded, I can get a 'die-cast' which will reduce my production costs substantially. 

I am still deciding on a great name for The Strap and I'm leaning toward The Kick Strap (a bass drum is referred to as a kick-drum):

*****Everyone is encouraged to participate in helping me select/choose a final name for my invention!

 ***** AN ADDITIONAL PRIZE FOR THE WINNING NAME****

- Explanation of Funding Goal: 

I am initially seeking funding to:

  • introduce 'The Strap' at a booth during the 2016 Summer NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention in Nashville, TN, and/or 2017 Winter NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA www.namm.org
  • a die-cast for manufacturing TheStrap
  • initial marketing and sales budget

This is the minimum amount needed to get The Strap up and running. I have thought this out to the finest detail and am asking only for what I really need. 

Click the link below to my business plan. 

The funding I need to raise on Kickstarter breaks down as follows: 

NAMM COSTS $9500.00 | LAUNCH COSTS $9500.00 

Die Casts for Production: $600 | NAMM Booth: $3200 | Initial run of 500 product: $2000 | Video: $1000 | Product promo: $6000 | Banners: $500 | Web Presence: $1000 | Other NAMM Promo: $1000 | Dedicated Comp: $1600 | Employee for NAMM: $1000 | Transpo: $300 | Food for NAMM show: $500.00 | Office Set Up: $300.00

Problem:

Drummers struggle with the problem of Bass Drum Creep. This is where the bass drum slides forward while the drummer plays. Drummers, stage managers and music venues need an efficient compact solution to this problem.

Solution:

The patented invention The Strap solves the problem of "bass drum creep". Easily stored in a drummers stick bag, behind the sound board or night club stage, The Strap is an efficient easy to use and compact solution. Market There are potentially millions of customers for The Strap. The largest segment being drummers. Next would be music performance venues, sound engineers and recording studios. Competition The most recognized options available are a carpet, drum rug or attachable rubber feet. Carpets and drum rugs are bulky and expensive. Attachable rubber feet are easily lost and don't work on all surfaces. Benson Music's solution, The Strap, is far superior and efficient compared to the current options. Why Us? The Strap is the perfect solution to an ongoing problem. Benson Music also provides excellent customer service. Gary Benson is customer service oriented and this model is built into the Benson Music.

Find out more: 

www.bensonsmusic.com

www.facebook.com/bensondrums

Twitter: @musiclesson

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCj9j0bR_FbcJarFqwONJoxQ

Check out my business plan. Click on link: 

http://nebula.wsimg.com/384e385fbbadac1a89280e320916f10a?AccessKeyId=E14BF4B9D668B8CFB110&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

BONUS! Everyone who pledges above the $50 dollar level will receive a step by step downloadable video of how I set up and ran my Kickstarter campaign. A great resource for anyone wanting to crowd fund. 

Risks and challenges

I already have product manufacturing sourced and ready to go. Fulfillment will not be a problem. My main obstacle will be creating enough marketing push in order to get The Strap known to drummers so they will give it a try. This is going to take more than the NAMM show. After my Kickstarter campaign I will need to seek a larger source of funding from outside investors. I believe I will find this after my initial marketing push generated from my Kickstarter funding. This will be a challenge which I will see through by using my business expertise and perseverance.

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    Thank you letter, big thank you mention in Kickstart update videos and free downloadable song by Gary's band Soulshine. This will be available when new CD is done in February or March.

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    You receive the product: The Strap. and... Thank you letter, big thank you mention in Kickstart update videos. And...if you're local (50 miles of Santa Rosa, CA) you get a free drum lesson.

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    You receive the product: The Strap. The Strap steel plate will be a SPECIAL EDITION engraved with "Kickstarter Campaign 2015" and... Thank you letter, big thank you mention in Kickstart update videos and a complete video documentation of this Kickstarter campaign from beginning to end. A great resource for anyone interested in running a Kickstart campaign!

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    You receive 2 of the product: The Strap. The Strap steel plate will be a SPECIAL EDITION engraved with "Kickstarter Campaign 2015" A pair of Vic Firth drum sticks, updates to new drum invention for 2016 release and... Thank you letter, big thank you mention in Kickstart update videos and a complete video documentation of this Kickstarter campaign from beginning to end, a great resource for anyone interested in running a Kickstart campaign!

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    You receive 2 of the product: The Strap. The Strap steel plate will be a SPECIAL EDITION engraved with YOUR NAME and "Kickstarter Campaign 2015" A pair of Vic Firth drum sticks, updates to new drum invention for 2016 release and... Thank you letter, big thank you mention in Kickstart update videos and a complete video documentation of this Kickstarter campaign from beginning to end, a great resource for anyone interested in running a Kickstart campaign!

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    Private performance by Earstu, Les Claypool's favorite Sonoma County Band! ; or special performance by Mark McDonald Blues Band, at your party or living room, within 50 mile radius of Santa Rosa; PLUS - You receive 2 of the product: The Strap. The Strap steel plate will be a SPECIAL EDITION engraved with YOUR NAME and "Kickstarter Campaign 2015"; a pair of Vic Firth drum sticks, updates to new drum invention for 2016 release and... Thank you letter, BIG thank you mention in Kickstart update videos and a complete video documentation of this Kickstarter campaign from beginning to end, a great resource for anyone interested in running a Kickstart campaign!

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Funding period

- (30 days)