Oil & Varnish & Drumheads, Oh My!
In the last few weeks, Bakuhatsu has been amping up our equipment maintenance after having so many events and performances for the last two months. From building new stands to re-heading three drums, we've done a lot but we're always finding new projects to complete. This last weekend, members of the team came together to clean and varnish beta stands, varnish shime stands, oil and sunbathe drums, organize tools, and re-head one of our drums.
For Bakuhatsu, maintaining our equipment is more than just keeping things clean and working. We treat our equipment like living members of our club. They've all been built and maintained by past and current members and the soul of our club lives inside every piece of equipment.
Sometimes live gets busy, especially for a group of college students, but we have to make time for our equipment and remember there is more to taiko than just hitting drums. It's also about maintaining the bonds between members and our equipment, as well as learning how to treat everything around us with respect and making sure we never loose sight of what makes us who we are.
Below are some photos from our latest equipment meeting taken by Bakuhatsu's Equipment Manager, Issa Takada.
Written by Shai Nielson, BTD Historian 2016-2017
2/5/2021 04:40:56 am
Oil and varnish used on drumheads are good as it smoothens the surface and produces a more rich sound. This information was found in the master papers of a great musician. He always polished his drums himself before any concert.
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