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Seat and drum become one with Drumstooled

Seat and drum become one with ...
The Drumstooled combines a kick drum, reversed pedal and height-adjustable stool
The Drumstooled combines a kick drum, reversed pedal and height-adjustable stool
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Bands could save precious space in the van with a combined kick drum and stool
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Bands could save precious space in the van with a combined kick drum and stool
The Drumstooled combines a kick drum with nifty reversed pedal and height-adjustable stool
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The Drumstooled combines a kick drum with nifty reversed pedal and height-adjustable stool
The acrylic Drumstooled has a battery-operated RGB LED lighting system built in to add a bit more magic to the performance
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The acrylic Drumstooled has a battery-operated RGB LED lighting system built in to add a bit more magic to the performance
The direct reversed pedal out front controls the kick behind
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The direct reversed pedal out front controls the kick behind
The Maple version sports seat padding covered in faux leather
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The Maple version sports seat padding covered in faux leather
The Drumstooled is the brainchild of drummer, recording musician and teacher Patrice Bardin
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The Drumstooled is the brainchild of drummer, recording musician and teacher Patrice Bardin
As the kick drum is under the player, there's plenty of room out front for an effects unit
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As the kick drum is under the player, there's plenty of room out front for an effects unit
Drumstooled is a combined kick drum and stool that musicians or vocalists could use to accompany themselves or others
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Drumstooled is a combined kick drum and stool that musicians or vocalists could use to accompany themselves or others
The Drumstooled combines a kick drum, reversed pedal and height-adjustable stool
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The Drumstooled combines a kick drum, reversed pedal and height-adjustable stool
Creator Patrice Bardin playing a Yamaha RGX-A2 guitar while sat on a Drumstooled
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Creator Patrice Bardin playing a Yamaha RGX-A2 guitar while sat on a Drumstooled
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France's Patrice Bardin has come up with a stylish and eye-catching twist on self-accompaniment. Rather than stomp out a backbeat on a kick drum, home-made rhythm board or even an empty suitcase out front while thumping the strings of a battered acoustic guitar and throwing out soulful vocals, the Drumstooled is a mash up of a stool and an acoustic kick drum, with some colorful LED lighting thrown in for good measure.

Drummer, recording musician and teacher Bardin began playing guitar a while ago to give his students something to jam along with. Then last July he was hit by the idea of a kick drum variation that musicians or vocalists could use to accompany themselves or others. The now patented Drumstooled, as the name suggests, combines a kick drum with nifty reversed pedal and the kind of stool you might find at the breakfast bar in the kitchen.

Two versions have been designed – one with a 6 mm-thick acrylic shell sporting a chrome plated drum hoop and transparent head that tips the scales at 33 lb (15 kg), and another with a 7 ply (5.4 mm) American Maple shell, a wood drum hoop and a white head, and which weighs in slightly heavier at 34 lb. The acrylic Drumstooled has a battery-operated RGB LED lighting system built in to add a bit more magic to the performance. The height-adjustable stool on the Maple model is padded and covered with faux leather instead of plain old acrylic. Both models promise quick and easy setup, have a drum size of 18 x 15 in, and a shiny chrome base.

The Maple version sports seat padding covered in faux leather
The Maple version sports seat padding covered in faux leather

Bardin and team have launched a flexible funding campaign on the Indiegogo platform (which means that all funds raised will be released to the project, whether the campaign goal is reached or not) to engage like-minded musicians in discussions about future direction and development, and get the first 200 products into the hands of players for roughly 25 percent less than the expected retail price.

A pledge of €600 (about US$830) will put your name on the list for a Maple version of the Drumstooled, with an estimated delivery date of September (assuming all goes to plan). The acrylic, LED-packing model is pitched at €100 more. The campaign closes on June 13.

Bardin's latest YouTube video shows him playing a Yamaha RGX-A2 guitar while sat on a Drumstooled, or you could watch the campaign pitch video below to get a feel for what's on offer.

Sources: Tweaked Drum, Indiegogo

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