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Hello all! I am fairly new to this forum, so I would first of all say hi to everyone!

So to get to the bottom line. I am working on a project which is out of the ordinary. I've searched far and wide to find a computer case that would replace my ugly, bland and generic looking one. I found the right one for me

Being as that I am a drummer, and I only have two passions (one being a computer geek and the other being a drummer) I realized why not put two and two together to make ...four? All jokes aside, I figured out that making a computer case built out of a floor tom drum would be the perfect idea!

So, I have the floor tom shell (it measures 15" in diameter, with a depth of 14"). I have all the necessary pieces for it to turn it from just a blue cylinder into an actual drum. With some modifications, of course.

So the way I see it, I will have all the necessary components inside the drum, along with approximately three or four fans to help keep it cool. The only problem I'm faced with, is that I can't seem to figure out how to mount everything inside the drum! I was thinking about using 1/8" steel threaded rods to do the trick, but only to find out that the internet is completely empty when it comes to such measurements. I don't want to buy thicker rods because I would have to use a drill in order to make the motherboard openings bigger -- voiding my warranty.

So I thought "why not come to a site where I can ask all the right people about modding the proper way" and hence I stumbled in here.

I'm absolutely open to any and all ideas! Even feedback on the case idea.

Thanks everyone!
post #2 of 12
Sounds like a cool case!

Not sure about how to mount the components but when you get under 1/4" in threaded rods/screws it goes into # designations. #6-32, #10-24 etc. #6-32 or #6-40 threaded rod would be roughly equivalent to 1/8" (.138" vs .125") and should fit just fine. You can easily pick up some at a local hardware store. #5-40 or #5-44 would be .125" but I haven't seen that size in hardware stores before.
Edited by Philistine - 4/22/11 at 8:34pm
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i will absolutely look into it as soon as possible! thank you Philistine!
post #4 of 12
With good planning, this could be epic.
Just dont use it as a drum the computer won't like it much.
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I have everything planned out -- the placement, measurements and the cooling aspect too.

I have seen this done before, but with a bass drum. It was made by a company that sold just the drum, already modified to house all the necessary components. The only thing, is that the company wanted over $400 for the case, and it was huge (I believe it measured 22" x 14" or so). I needed something smaller that would be able to sit next to my desk, and so a floor tom definitely made the cut. Other toms would be too small to house everything (although if this works out, I will try turning a 10" tom into a computer with a pico motherboard)..

I sure hope this idea does work out. It's my first case mod, so I'm quite nervous.
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I have everything planned out -- the placement, measurements and the cooling aspect too.

I have seen this done before, but with a bass drum. It was made by a company that sold just the drum, already modified to house all the necessary components. The only thing, is that the company wanted over $400 for the case, and it was huge (I believe it measured 22" x 14" or so). I needed something smaller that would be able to sit next to my desk, and so a floor tom definitely made the cut. Other toms would be too small to house everything (although if this works out, I will try turning a 10" tom into a computer with a pico motherboard)..

I sure hope this idea does work out. It's my first case mod, so I'm quite nervous.
This will be Epic.
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cant wait to see this being a drummer myself :-)
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Like yourself, I'm both a computer geek and a drummer, so I really can't wait to see this all done! Please make sure you post pix!
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post #9 of 12
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Hello all! I apologize for the lack of responses and being MIA. I would just like to inform you all, that my case has been COMPLETED! It took almost a month, and lots of help from my father to put in all the components and figure out a way to mount them. It turned out to be easier than I had imagined, but NOTHING that I had imagined in the first place!

As I write this, I am uploading all the pictures of the case onto a Photobucket album and I will post the link as soon as the upload has been finished.

First of all, thank you all for your bits and pieces and your 30 seconds and your two cents! I read them and I appreciate all the feedback and I am actually surprised to see that so many people actually came to this thread and gave a damn! I like that very much!

It turns out that we used an old cheap-metal/steel/aluminum/something computer case, cut it up into the appropriate sizes and shapes, and well the rest was just "go and do it!". The case looks amazing! I used the "breather hole" of the drum to put in the HDD LED (perfect fit), and used the power button to mount to the top of the case, and even made some room for the additional "front usb/headphones" port on the top.

We did have some trouble mounting the DVD-ROM drive at first because since were working with a circular construction, the motherboard/graphics card needed its "breathing room" therefore we had to improvise, but in the end the case came out looking great, as mentioned!

I used a 1980s Ludwig Vintage Rocker's floor tom! It was a bit pricey, but the best part was that it was used. Its maple (I think), with a darkish blue color around the tom.

I purchased two clear 15" drum heads for the tom. Regular heads you would actually use to play on. And they are working out great!! Of course, with all the cutting into, it would be impossible to play on, but who knows what a future tom/floor tom computer case might look like?

I am actually working on a much smaller rendition of a computer case tom, maybe around 10" - 12", using a pico or mini-itx mother board. And of course, illuminating it from all sides, giving it the full effect of being able to play it while it explodes with light, AND can also be used to record/play music from, etc. But that's all just an idea for now.. I would love to work with a bright red colored tom. Time will tell...

Of course! I would like to say that ANY and ALL feedback is welcomed! If you wish to see more pictures, want some specs or just wanna have more angle-shots, don't hesitate to email me at kamil.umin@gmail.com. I will be more then welcome to send more pictures.

I will post the link to the photobucket as soon as the upload has finished!!

EDIT: Here is the link to the photobucket! http://s1108.photobucket.com/albums/h408/kamilux/
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Looking sweet rep+

Only advice would be cable management maybe some sleeves since you went to all the effort would be nice for it to look neat ^^
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