Originally Posted by jeanpgv
Hey Man can you please explain how you went about to put this together??...i am really interested in building one..just not too sure how..
I bought the umbrella from a warehouse sale. If you look carefully in the photo there are big strips of black gaffer's tape on the 'wings'. They are covering up the words "House of Weenies"
which was a hot dog place in my area. For years, I just left it saying "House of Weenies". But one day, a certain young lady I knew was coming to visit the studio, and so I got serious about 'aesthetics'.
It's just a big old 'picnic table' kind of umbrella. I am sure if you haunt the garage sales you can get one cheap. I opened the umbrella, and THEN sawed off the pole just below where the ribs locked. Later I found you can still close and open it without the shaft - but of course easier to cut it when fully opened.
I covered the jagged edge of the pole with foam as described above and put an S-hook on the top. The umbrella could quickly be unhooked and put away if not needed. If you look carefully at the photo, you can see there are two small pulleys - one directly above the umbrella and one near the wall. There is a eyebolt screwed into the wall about chest-high to tie off the rope.
For safety, I also put a couple of knots
in the rope. Should the eyebolt pull out or the rope slip off, the umbrella will only drop as far as the knot will let it.
Each 'pie slice' of the umbrella - the alternating red and yellow sections - has a triangular piece of auralex glued to the inside to cut down on ugly reflections. Some may find the reflections nice, rather than ugly, so I suppose you could attach the foam with Velcro instead of glue.
It was interesting to play with the height of the umbrella - by winching it up and down on the pulleys, you can kind of 'tune' the drum space.
As I said, in general I preferred the sound with it way up or even removed. Its big advantage IMO was keeping the drums out of the guitar mics. As you can see the drum 'booth' is semi-open. When overdubbing
drums, I might even take them out of the booth and set them up in the middle of the floor. To me the whole booth concept is a necessary evil for live tracking.