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Caribbean Steel Drum Pan Band SteelDrums

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The story of the steel drum begins in Trinidad in the 1930s.

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When Street Band skirmishes led to the ban of skin drums. So people in made drums from thick bamboo poles car parts tins and finally oil barrels.

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Up with a whole new sound without skipping a Beat.

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When people first started pounding on steel instruments, they inadvertently dented them. That’s how they discovered that each Dent produced a different pitch.

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Now steel drums are dented on purpose to make a drum head. They cut a piece of Steel into a circle. They weld a metal ring onto it and then they position a metal shell or skirt on the ring and welded in place.

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The drum is held in a big clamp while a worker pinpoints the drumheads exact center.

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He places a measuring guide. They’re using it to Mark radial lines from the center to the rim.

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This line is 10 degrees apart.

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As the drum turns he draw a circular line.

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Make a grid now. He pounds the head of the drum with a Pneumatic Hammer using the grid as a guide to ensure the work is done evenly.

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It takes eight hours of hammering to transform the drum into a bow like shape. This is called sinking the drum then with a special guide for curved surfaces.

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technician measures out another grid inside of the Bold drum head

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He Antoine’s the notes.

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Are about to be hammered out in this case a high B and Annie then he hammers down the steel around each one to shake the note.

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Right takes skill and a lot of time up to 50 hours.

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He trims the drum skirt to the correct length.

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types of stencil of the company logo onto the skirt

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This device is an electrical etching machine.

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Uses acid and electrical current to eat away the steel exposed through the stencil now a technician wields an ultrasonic thickness.

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She presses it against a note using high frequency sound waves the probe measures the steals thickness to within a fraction of a millimeter.

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She grinds down the notes where needed?

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Using a scribing tool. She scratches a line around each note, so it’ll be visible to the player.

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Now it’s time to make sure they struck the right note to tune a steel drum. The technician plays a note with a stick and then dense it with a hammer to adjust the pitch.

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You have to have an ear for this job. He hammers the note until it sounds right. Sometimes he turns the drum upside down to knock out a note from the underside.

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for the fine-tuning, he relies on an electronic tuner a microphone delivers the sound to it and the lines on the screen tell him if the note is in tune or

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Next he burns the border of each note with a blowtorch.

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Then he cools it down with water the process tempers the steel making the notes more resonant. He Tunes the drum again checking for Flaws.

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After the drum is chrome-plated. He Tunes it a final time.

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Taking a hundred and twenty hours to make the steel drum now, it’s time to take a break and party to the steel band sound.

Steelasophical Caribbean Steel Drum Pan Band

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