Author Topic: TDRUM TRIGGERBALL BEATER – Do you like playing tennis ?  (Read 12512 times)

Offline Gerdy

TDRUM TRIGGERBALL BEATER – Do you like playing tennis ?
« on: May 12, 2011, 03:21:12 AM »
Hello e-drum colleagues,

I am Gerdy and writing from Germany.
Please excuse my English and used terms I could not get translated.

Today I would like to introduce the TDRUM TRIGGERBALL BEATER to you.
This beater is designated to use with mesh head bass drum pads.



Product description:
http://www.thomann.de/gb/tdrum_triggerball_beater.htm?sid=247ebbb2c82b03f52bc53c908bb90ffd


It’s not a rod with mounted tennis ball.
The size is smaller and the ball is of a softer material.

Own experience:

Previously I used a wooden beater together with the mesh head bass drum.
Four weeks ago I changed to the triggerball beater and I’m absolutely happy with it.
There is no need for a protection dot / falam slam patch or an extra slice of funky foam directly beneath the mesh head.
My bass drum pad is converted in the same way as the snare and tom pads.
The shape of the bass drum mesh head is unchanged after this month.

The rebound is fantastic and enables very fast play.
At first I expected more rebound together with the mesh head, but it isn’t.
I noticed the “double rebound” annul each other.
Furthermore “bouncy beater play” is supported like playing on an acoustic bass drum.

Also the feeling is very realistic and comparable like felt beater to acoustic bass drum.
“I dive into the mesh head, feel the pressure point and receive the rebound.”
Simply fantastic.

I have no trigger problems at all. Sensitivity needs a higher value.

In addition the triggerball beater is very quiet and produces less impact noise which is very useful for practicing at home.


Annotations and reports from other e-drummers using the triggerball beater:

- Overall good approval and no reports of broken bass drum mesh heads
- One e-drummer reported about a crumbled triggerball
- One e-drummer reported about red fluff inside the mesh head. He blew it out.


Using the triggerball beater with double bass drum pedals:

The size of the triggerball beater is bigger than normal beaters.
You can bend the rod a bit to fit.

Ok, that’s it. Thanks a lot and with kindly regards,
Gerdy
« Last Edit: May 12, 2011, 03:23:16 AM by Gerdy »

Offline Guinness

Re: TDRUM TRIGGERBALL BEATER – Do you like playing tennis ?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2011, 01:51:04 PM »
Looks like a good idea.  Is it small enough for double beaters?

Offline Gerdy

Re: TDRUM TRIGGERBALL BEATER – Do you like playing tennis ?
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2011, 09:07:34 AM »
Hi Guinness,

the triggerball diameter is 5cm / 2 Inch .

That's the reason why I mentioned inside the post: "You can bend the rod a bit to fit."

Offline Hellfire

Re: TDRUM TRIGGERBALL BEATER – Do you like playing tennis ?
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2011, 10:08:17 AM »
Hi Guinness,

the triggerball diameter is 5cm / 2 Inch .

That's the reason why I mentioned inside the post: "You can bend the rod a bit to fit."
Great post Gerdy. I did some searching on the web and found mini tennis balls that look just like the trigger ball. I would bet anyone could DIY their own trigger ball using one of these mini tennis balls:


Notice in the specs they state the balls are 2 inch in diameter. I would bet they are pretty close to the same thing.
For more edrum info, be sure to visit my web site at:
          www.HellfireDrums.com                    
My current set-up:  Alesis DM10 and Trigger I/O with modified & DIY pads

Offline Gerdy

Re: TDRUM TRIGGERBALL BEATER – Do you like playing tennis ?
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2011, 02:14:57 PM »
Mister Hellfire,

the tennis ball looks the same….and I think you revealed TDRUM’s secret of making the triggerball. :o

Thanks a lot for your research.

Offline vaikl

Re: TDRUM TRIGGERBALL BEATER – Do you like playing tennis ?
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2011, 02:40:43 PM »
Gerdy, you stated that the material is "softer" than an original tennis ball. IIRC I have seen such TDRUM balls on a show and my initial optical impact was that it was rubber. Is that correct?

Offline Gerdy

Re: TDRUM TRIGGERBALL BEATER – Do you like playing tennis ?
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2011, 03:08:46 PM »
Hi vaikl,

you and Hellfire made me thinking about it and I just went over to my drum kit.
I removed the rod of the triggerball and looked inside.

Yes vaikl, you are absolutely right. It is a full rubber ball. It is not empty like a tennis ball. The rubber ball is coated with a surface similar to a tennis ball.

Offline Hellfire

Re: TDRUM TRIGGERBALL BEATER – Do you like playing tennis ?
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2011, 04:42:47 PM »
Hi vaikl,

you and Hellfire made me thinking about it and I just went over to my drum kit.
I removed the rod of the triggerball and looked inside.

Yes vaikl, you are absolutely right. It is a full rubber ball. It is not empty like a tennis ball. The rubber ball is coated with a surface similar to a tennis ball.
Apearently, the 2" red tennis balls are solid rubber. They are made for kids starting tennis. Here's a link that states this:

http://gloucestertennis.org/GettingstartedatTennis.aspx

Here's a bigger pic of a standard kids red solid tennis ball (look familiar?):

For more edrum info, be sure to visit my web site at:
          www.HellfireDrums.com                    
My current set-up:  Alesis DM10 and Trigger I/O with modified & DIY pads

Offline Gerdy

Re: TDRUM TRIGGERBALL BEATER – Do you like playing tennis ?
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2011, 05:12:44 PM »
Hi Hellfire,

yes, it looks very familiar to me.

Well Hellfire, I would like to invite you to the “First Unofficial Triggerball Tennis Championship” ….using our bass drum pads as rackets. ;D

Offline Stagecustom

Re: TDRUM TRIGGERBALL BEATER – Do you like playing tennis ?
« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2011, 05:01:39 PM »
Any idea how these are on the Alesis Real heads? i know Gerdy said they are made for mesh heads but im interested on how they would perform on a normal skin.
DM10 Pro kit, Mesh Heads, Quad Kicks, Dampened Rack, Extra Roland Crashes.

Offline evilcartman

Re: TDRUM TRIGGERBALL BEATER – Do you like playing tennis ?
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2012, 11:05:24 PM »
I think these are the same as I buy for my dog. You can get them at any pet store in many colors. On a DW type pedal you could adjust the rod angle so you wouldn't have to bend the rod.

 How would you stop it from sliding down the beater rod though? Duct Tape maybe?

Offline Gerdy

Re: TDRUM TRIGGERBALL BEATER – Do you like playing tennis ?
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2012, 05:37:19 AM »
@evilcartman:
To give it a first try you can use duct tape. But be careful that the ball is not sliding down or up and you hit a hole with the rod into your mesh head pad.

A permanent solution can be either:

a.) to cut a thread onto the rod and afterwards you are using 2 nuts and 2 washers to fix the ball in between.
b.) you are using 2 washers and 2 retaining screws. Some drum beater rods come with square drive retaining screws and are provided as spare parts.



Offline Trondster

Re: TDRUM TRIGGERBALL BEATER – Do you like playing tennis ?
« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2012, 04:21:43 PM »
I bought this drum beater, and I am very happy with it. I tried a couple of other drum beaters, and got issues with hits not always registering. This beater simply works flawlessly with my converted mesh head.
Recommended! :)
DM10 Pro kit with dampened rack, extra crashes, mesh heads, Gibraltar stands, P2002C and a dream cherry snare by Diamond Drums.

Offline evilcartman

Re: TDRUM TRIGGERBALL BEATER – Do you like playing tennis ?
« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2012, 10:57:49 PM »
Gerdy, as always, you are hired!