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About

Hear A Real Drummer Play It!

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How Does It Work?

If You Can Walk, You Can Play The JumpDrum.

Made in Connecticut, USA, the JumpDrum® is a revolutionary percussion instrument that gives you a great workout just by playing it. It's a hybrid drum set in which the bass drum is played by walking, running, or bouncing on top of it while the "drums" are actually tuned cajons situated on a vertical frame. 

Its a great aerobic workout as well as a workout for the legs and buttocks. But that's not all. Because of the way the drums are situated vertically, the triceps, biceps, traps, lats, pecs, and core are all engaged while drumming. You can even adjust the lower drum to play with your hands, like a conga, but with the added bonus of controlling the bass with you feet!

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Benefits & Testimonials

"Jumping or rebounding can help you reap a lot of health benefits, It is so easy and a great way to keep yourself fit." — quietadove, pointers viewpoint

"Jumping engages the quads, hamstrings, calves and glutes and also teaches the body to absorb force." — Scott Caulfield, Coach for the National Strength and Conditioning Association

"A growing body of research shows that drumming has a positive effect on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, PTSD, and more." — Dale Eisinger, The Daily Beast

Below are some testimonials from people after trying our "Bounce To The Beat" JumpDrum fitness class (in development) for the first time

The Thumper: heart and soul of the JumpDrum

The Thumper is the base of the JumpDrum. It's basically a bass drum that you play by walking, running, or jumping on top of it. It's a stand alone dance/exercise platform, acoustic stomp box, and toy. Without the patent-pending technology inside the Thumper, the JumpDrum wouldn't exist. Not to be too hyperbolic, but it's a paradigm shift in the way people can play the drums. 

The Thumper comes with holes and T-Nuts pre-installed, ready to add the frame and all the extras (except for the Dance model), but none of that is necessary for you to have fun and get a great workout. You only need the Thumper.

Thumper
Thumper
Thumper "Dance"
Thumper "Dance"

Play alone, with a groove, or with a group

The JumpDrum is great on its own. But if you like to play along with something, simply put on headphones or crank up the stereo, or better yet, go find a band or drum circle.

The JumpDrum has a rich bass/baritone sound that mixes nicely with Dun-duns (West African bass drums that hold down the beat at most drum circles) or can take their place if dun-duns are not available.

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Built to last

The Drums of the JumpDrum are built of solid Birch with dovetailed corners for added strength. The frame is made from aircraft grade aluminum; lightweight, strong, and durable. Check out the video below. It was a three hour drum circle. There were no Dun-duns so the JumpDrum had to hold the group together. Camera was pretty far away and the mic was attached to the camera, but you can still hear pretty well. Everyone in this video other than David was playing it for the first time. 

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 REWARDS

The JumpDrum Configurations

We are constantly developing new drums and frame extensions. And our policy is/will be to make all new drums backwards compatible. So in practice one can build their own setup completely a la carte. For the purpose of our launch, however, we are offering five configurations: Thumper, Thumper Dance, Starter, Standard, and Extreme

JumpDrums configurations available NOW!
JumpDrums configurations available NOW!

A Closer Look

Baritone + square toms
Baritone + square toms
JumpDrum Starter in mallet play configuration
JumpDrum Starter in mallet play configuration
JumpDrum Starter in hand play configuration
JumpDrum Starter in hand play configuration

 Watch David playing the Starter with his hands in the clip below!

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The JumpDrum (Standard)
The JumpDrum (Standard)
The JumpDrum (Standard)
The JumpDrum (Standard)
JumpDrum Extreme
JumpDrum Extreme
JumpDrum Double-Wide (not offered via Kickstarter, however all configurations have requisite tee-nuts installed to add side support bars for double-wide frame later on)
JumpDrum Double-Wide (not offered via Kickstarter, however all configurations have requisite tee-nuts installed to add side support bars for double-wide frame later on)

Fully adjustable.

The actuator/striker mechanism is adjustable for differences in weight.

The drums are attached to pipe-sleeves which slide up and down the frame, locking in place with large knob-handled set-screws.

Drum sleeves and set screw knobs
Drum sleeves and set screw knobs

For very small users, or users with short arms (t-rex users) the bottom two frame supports can be flipped around, bringing the whole frame 3-4 inches closer to the Thumper.

Adjusting frame closer to base
Adjusting frame closer to base

For rooms with low ceilings, the JumpDrum can be used in low-profile mode:

Height adjustment
Height adjustment

No tools necessary to break down or setup

The JumpDrum easily breaks down into a 2 ft cube. Easier than a drum kit!

Kit vs JumpDrum
Kit vs JumpDrum

About pricing

We understand that this is a big ticket item, but we feel that we've made all the right choices, from choosing a solid birch dovetailed design for the drums, to using aircraft grade aluminum for the frame, to allowing you to buy and build up at your own pace. You have to trust us that it can't be made any cheaper at this quality. Every drum is tested for sound. Each drum has been tuned to David's very specific direction. As a composer and recording engineer, David is picky about sound and construction quality. You can rest assured that this is not only a quality musical instrument, it's also a sculptural piece of art, something you'll be proud to display in your home.

Why do we need donations in addition to sales?

  • We've been working on this for two years, funding it all with savings.
  • Setting up a production facility takes capital
  • We're actively seeking a location for our very first JumpDrum Studio
  • Even at cost, it's an investment to set up a studio with 10-20 JumpDrums.
  • Legal fees
  • Insurance and disclaimers
  • We need to introduce the JumpDrum personally to as many people as possible. That means taking the JumpDrum on the road.
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Risks and challenges

Shipping is expensive! The JumpDrum needs to be shipped in two packages, one for the drums, and one for the frame. The more we ship, the lower our shipping rates. That's why we're accessing the power of the crowd!

We're so grateful to have found a great machine shop for our actuators/strikers and a great woodworking shop for our drums in THE SAME INDUSTRIAL PARK in New Milford, CT. So we're not just made in America, we're made in Connecticut!

We are setting up our production facility in the same park as well, saving money and shipping logistics. We still have some equipment to purchase, but the real challenge will be staying ahead of the orders. And that's exactly what we plan to do. As soon as we meet our goal we're going to start production. We are committed to beginning delivery in late April or early May.

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    A show of support

    We know this is a big ticket item, but we also know that you will want to be able to say, "I was a backer of the very first JumpDrum®. So this reward is for you. Every little bit helps. Thank you!

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    JumpDrum Limited Edition Tee-shirt

    What you are doing here is supporing our venture without actually purchasing a drum. You'll still be able to say, "I was an original backer," and you'll have a high-quality commemorative tee-shirt with JumpDrum's unique logo to prove it. Thank you!

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    Square add-on tom

    This is one of our 12" square toms that can be added to any frame. It's also a great hand drum on it's own. Hold it with the angles in the crook of your knees while sitting and play with your hands! (See Drum Pitch Demo in the "A Closer Look" section of the campaign to learn more.)

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    Thumper

    The Thumper is the base of the JumpDrum. Made of solid birch with dovetailed corners, it can be used on its own as an acoustic stomp box or as an exercise, percussion, or dance platform.

    Choose this reward knowing you can always add the frame and upright drums later!

    (MSRP $795)

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    Thumper "Dance"

    This is our 3' x 2' thumper designed specifically for dance. It comes with a second striker filled with BBs to give a kick/snare sound. But of course, you can always mute one or even both strikers. (MSRP $875)

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    JumpDrum Starter

    Thumper plus frame plus the adjustable low drum (Baritone) which can be played with mallets or your hands! Its like having a conga-cajon with a bass drum you can jump on to play. Fun!

    (See Demo video under the "A Closer Look" section to learn more about this configuration.)

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    JumpDrum (EARLYBIRD SPECIAL)

    This is the STANDARD model. We are limiting this reward to the first 20 backers. We can barely afford to sell them at this price but we want to reward you early birds! (MSRP $1,850)

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    JumpDrum (KICKSTARTER SPECIAL)

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    JumpDrum Extreme (KICKSTARTER SPECIAL)

    This is the STANDARD model plus an extra tom-cajon that fits on the top of the bongo-cajon and is pitched in between, so a five note roll is available starting from the high bong on the top left, going up to the extra tom-cajon, coming back down and to the right bongo-cajon, then down through the tenor and finally baritone drum. This is $650 off retail. (MSRP $2,000)

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    Studio setup

    If you're a gym owner and would like to add a Bounce 2 the Beat workout room in your facility, you'll want this reward: 8 JumpDrums + 8 pair of mallets. PLUS 1 full day Private Instructor training by David at your facility (US contiguous only) (msrp = $14,840 not including David's airfare!)

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Funding period

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