Getting the most out of your Cooperman frame drum
Something from the archives
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In the early 1990's we worked closely with Randy Crafton to develop our line of frame drums. Randy was a close friend of Layne Redmond, and soon enough the Layne Redmond Ancient Image Series was created. A "Windwand" was also made here at the Cooperman shop. We travelled over to the Widow Jane Mine (1996 I think) to hear Layne and The Mob Angels perform with the Windwands. There was a table and we sold the drums and windwands. The drums were a single thin ply of Ash with the image screen printed on a goatskin drum head. There were...
Some background history of our artist endorser program
The first Cooperman frame drums ( circa 1976) were 18” bodhrans, mounted with goatskin drumheads. Pat Cooperman Sr. had a friend, Tom Callinan, who had purchased a bodhran during a visit to Ireland, but the drum head had torn from shell during the flight back ( likely due to plane cabin's the low humidity). Tom asked Pat, who had just recently opened a rope drum building workshop in Centerbrook Connecticut, to replace the drum head. Pat was certain there was a better way to secure the head to the shell than simply tacking it with upholstery nails, so he rebuilt the...
FAQ: Can I mount a frame drum on the wall?
The weight of a drum shell can, over time and especially when suspended from a single point (like a nail or peg in a wall), cause the shell to distort. So, ideally, a frame drum should not be suspended, nor hung on the wall. That said, we recognize that it is both convenient and attractive to do so – and, sure, we do it from time to time. With the above caveats in mind, here are some suggestions to mitigate the potential problems: Use a larger peg rather than a small finish nail to better distribute the weight...
Some notes on using the Cooperman tuning system
Charting the tuning range of our frame drums