Drum And Cymbal Beaters Patents (Class 84/422.1)
  • Patent number: 11107450
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments relate to a pedalboard configured to house a musical effect component. A musical effect component housing may be configured to house a musical effect component and be disposed in a cavity of the pedalboard without the use of an adhesive fastener. The musical effect component housing may include a first plate, a second plate, and standoffs connecting the first plate and the second plate. A musical effect component may be disposed between the first plate and second plate to secure the musical effect component. The first plate may include an aperture formed within the first plate configured to dispose a portion of a musical effect component and a rail formed on both a first end and a second end of the first plate configured to engage the musical effect component housing with the pedalboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Inventor: Jonathan Chickneas
  • Patent number: 11037536
    Abstract: Drum pedal systems are disclosed which can include separate pedal and beater portions connected by a connecting portion. The connecting portion can be flexible such that the location of the beater portion can be adjusted relative to the location of the pedal portion. The pedal and beater portions can be disconnected from one another for improved transportability. Direct drive pedal systems are also disclosed, which can include separate pedal and beater portions connected by a direct drive connecting portion having rigid connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Drum Workshop, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A. Sikra
  • Patent number: 10971124
    Abstract: A pedal device of electronic keyboard instrument is provided. The pedal device of an electronic keyboard instrument includes a damper which applies resistance forces against rotation of pedals to the pedals during rotation of the pedals toward at least one of a first direction and a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Roland Corporation
    Inventors: Yutaka Goto, Yoshiyasu Kitagawa
  • Patent number: 10923091
    Abstract: Provided is an instrument pedal device that can be quieter when operated. According to the present invention, a pedal is rotatably supported on a base part by a first shaft. A rotation part is rotatably supported on the base part by a second shaft. A connection part is rotatably supported on the pedal by a third shaft. The connection part is rotatably supported on the rotation part by a fourth shaft. Urging force that is for making the pedal, as rotated from an initial position, return to the initial position is applied by a spring. The pedal can rotate from the initial position to a lowermost position in which the second shaft, the third shaft, and the fourth shaft are in the same plane. The urging force of the spring increases the closer the pedal gets to the lowermost position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: Roland Corporation
    Inventors: Ryo Tanida, Kiyoshi Yoshino
  • Patent number: 10909957
    Abstract: A guitar effects pedalboard comprises a first attachment region and a second attachment region, the first attachment region comprising a plurality of holes having a first diameter, and the second attachment region comprising a plurality of holes having a second diameter, wherein the first diameter is smaller than the second diameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Chemistry Design Werks, LLC
    Inventor: Christian Richard Trifilio
  • Patent number: 10867589
    Abstract: Drum pedal systems are disclosed which can include separate pedal and beater portions connected by a connecting portion. The connecting portion can be flexible such that the location of the beater portion can be adjusted relative to the location of the pedal portion. The pedal and beater portions can be disconnected from one another for improved transportability. The pedal portion may include a roller beneath the pedal so as to increase the smoothness of play. The angle of the beater can be laterally adjusted, thus causing the contact point on a drum to be lower or higher as desired. The beater portion can include a beater axis that is relatively low to the ground, which can aid in preventing a user's hands and the beater striking a percussion instrument at the same height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: DRUM WORKSHOP, INC.
    Inventor: Richard A. Sikra
  • Patent number: 10861426
    Abstract: An illuminated replacement heel pedestal system comprising: a top plate, which comprises one or more lights, a wiring harness, a top portion, a bottom portion, and a screw receiving plate that is substantially contained between the bottom portion and the top portion. The top plate is configured to replace an original equipment heel plate. The lights may be connected to a power source, which when turned on, powers the lights and illuminates the top plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: John Elvan Renzi
  • Patent number: 10854177
    Abstract: A noise maker stop assembly for use with a percussion foot pedal is described. The noise maker stop assembly typically comprises a noise maker attached to an extended elongated shaft, mounting brackets, and a bumper or tension strap for rapidly stopping the extended elongated shaft. Typically, the mounting brackets may be coupled to an existing standard percussion or similar foot pedal. The mounting brackets may also be configured so as to be coupled to a particular percussion foot pedal. A percussion foot pedal having an integrated noise maker stop assembly is also contemplated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Inventor: Michael Lenz
  • Patent number: 10847127
    Abstract: A telescopically adjustable board for mounting musical instrument pedals includes a first inner rail-outer rail pair. The outer rail has a tubular shape defining a hollow track and the inner rail is slidably received within the hollow track with the outer rail circumscribing the inner rail. Each of the inner rail and outer rail is configured to fixably attach to a musical effects pedal. The board may include a second inner rail-outer rail pair substantially parallel to and spaced from the first inner rail-outer rail pair. The inner rails are slidable relative to the outer rails between a fully extended position and a fully retracted position to adjust the longitudinal length of the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: D'Addario & Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary Stringham, Mark William Boycott
  • Patent number: 10839776
    Abstract: A fast folding structure of pedal percussion device includes a pedal base, a rotating device, at least one locking rod, at least one elastic element, and a pressing rod, wherein the pedal base comprises at least one upright column comprises an installation hole; the rotating device is pivotally connected to the upright column and is rotatable to be in an upright state or a bent state; the locking rod is disposed in the installation hole; the elastic element is disposed in the installation hole, and the elastic element pushes the locking rod to lock into a first hole or a second hole to fix the rotating device; the pressing rod is fixed to the locking rod, and the pressing rod presses the locking rod to compress the elastic element so that the locking rod is disengaged from the first hole or the second hole without fixing the rotating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Tsun-Chi Liao
  • Patent number: 10789918
    Abstract: A pedal assembly for a drum or other foot-actuated device may comprise a curved pedal and an adjustable pedal return spring tensioner mechanism. An actuatable region disposed at a top surface of the pedal preferably comprises a first concavity disposed more or less centrally in a pedal length direction between a first convexity and a second convexity. The tensioner mechanism preferably comprises a vertical lead screw parallel to the pedal return spring and coupled by way of a nut to a lower end of the pedal return spring. The lead screw may be slidingly coupled to a vertical post. By causing the lead screw to be adjustable from above and have an efficiency low enough to prevent backdriving, a drummer or other such operator can conveniently adjust tension without the need for disassembly and without the need to loosen a locknut or other such locking means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Inventor: Matthew Guyre
  • Patent number: 10741153
    Abstract: Provided is an instrument pedal device that can be quieter when operated. According to the present invention, a pedal is rotatably supported on a base part by a first shaft. A rotation part is rotatably supported on the base part by a second shaft. A connection part is rotatably supported on the pedal by a third shaft. The connection part is rotatably supported on the rotation part by a fourth shaft. Urging force that is for making the pedal, as rotated from an initial position, return to the initial position is applied by a spring. The pedal can rotate from the initial position to a lowermost position in which the second shaft, the third shaft, and the fourth shaft are in the same plane. The urging force of the spring increases the closer the pedal gets to the lowermost position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Roland Corporation
    Inventors: Ryo Tanida, Kiyoshi Yoshino
  • Patent number: 10726819
    Abstract: A drum pedal where the heel of the drum pedal is higher than the entire drum pedal board. The drum pedal is adjustable and ergonomic giving the user better control and leverage through modifications made to the drum pedal board and heel of the pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventor: Christopher David Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10636401
    Abstract: A user-customizable modular music effects pedal is described. The music effects pedal includes a base having an input, an output and a connector. The input receives a music signal. The connector is coupled with the input and has an electrical form factor and a physical form factor. The electrical form factor is configured to fit a corresponding electrical form factor of an effects cartridge. The physical form factor is configured to fit a corresponding physical form factor of the effects cartridge. The connector provides the music signal to the effects cartridge and receiving a processed signal from the effects cartridge. The effects cartridge includes effects electronics to provide the processed signal. The output is coupled with the connector and provides an output signal based on the processed signal from the effects cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Aryzn Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Leff, Stephen Dallas Condra
  • Patent number: 10621964
    Abstract: A cordless magnetic board apparatus for use to transmit power and sound signals between musical effects pedals is provided. The apparatus is connected to a power supply and an input sound source. Each effects pedal includes an input sound connector, an output sound connector and an input power connector. The board apparatus includes a base having a plurality of sets of magnetic members where each set of the magnetic members corresponds to one of the plurality of effects pedals, each set of magnetic members having a first magnetic member corresponding to negative power, a second magnetic member corresponding to positive power, a third magnetic member corresponding to input sound and a fourth magnetic member corresponding to output sound. Musical effects pedals are coupled to the plurality of sets of magnetic members to transmit power and sound between the pedals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Frank Dale Boxberger
  • Patent number: 10607582
    Abstract: A replacement heel pedestal system comprising: a top plate, which comprises a top portion, a bottom portion, and a screw receiving plate that is substantially contained between the bottom portion and the top portion. The top plate is configured to replace an original equipment heel plate. The top plate may be wider and more comfortable than the original heel plate. The system may further comprise one or more elevation plates that are configured to allow the system to matingly engage with the drum foot pedals of numerous types of drum and percussion kits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: John Elvan Renzi
  • Patent number: 10600394
    Abstract: A cajón percussion instrument includes a mallet mechanism and a pedal mechanism. The mallet mechanism has a first upright frame disposed on a first bottom plate. A first rotating member is insertedly connected to the first upright frame. The first rotating member is provided with a mallet. The pedal mechanism has a second upright frame disposed on a second bottom plate. A second rotating shaft is insertedly connected to the second upright frame. Two ends of a pedal are pivotally connected to the second bottom plate and the second rotating member, respectively. A fixing seat is provided on each of the first bottom plate and the second bottom plate. A sleeve is connected to the second fixing seat. The sleeve is configured to receive a cable therein. Two ends of the cable are connected to the first rotating member and the second rotating member, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: E BIN INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hsi Tan Lin
  • Patent number: 10565969
    Abstract: A cymbal dampening system is configured to alter sound vibration of a cymbal. The cymbal dampening system has a first dampening bracket joined to a first wrap having a first pad that is adjacent to the cymbal. A second dampening bracket is joined to the first dampening bracket and a third dampening bracket with a cord. The second dampening bracket is joined to a second wrap having a second pad that is adjacent to the cymbal. The third dampening bracket is joined to a third wrap having a third pad that is adjacent to the cymbal. The first pad, the second pad and the third pad operate to alter sound vibration of the cymbal when struck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Jonathan Blake Gregory
  • Patent number: 10529306
    Abstract: Pivot shaft support members, formed as component parts separate from support posts of a frame of a pedal apparatus, are mounted on respective upper ends of the support posts, and the pivot shaft support members pivotably support the opposite ends of a pivot shaft for a beater rod. A heel section is provided on a rear end portion of an under plate of the pedal apparatus, and a pair of left and right hinge support members, formed as component parts separate from the heel section, are mounted to the heel section. The hinge support members pivotably support the opposite ends of a pivot shaft of a hinge section of a foot board. Because the pivot shaft support members and the hinge support members are separate component parts from the frame, mounted positions of these support members can be adjusted finely during mounting, to the frame, of the support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fumihiro Shigenaga, Hirochika Watanabe, Tomohiro Fujita, Makoto Seto
  • Patent number: 10522121
    Abstract: The invention comprises a striking rod, a rotating shaft, a stand and an elastic element, wherein the rotating shaft comprises a shaft body where the striking rod is disposed, two side ends on two sides of the shaft body, and a protrusion arranged on the shaft body and opposite to the striking rod. The stand comprises a base and two columns arranged on two sides of the base. The two columns are respectively provided with a socket tube pivotally connected to the side end, and a locking hole. The locking hole is located below the socket tube and is offset towards a musical instrument. Two ends of the elastic element are respectively fixed to the locking hole and an engaging element. Since the socket tube is not on the same vertical line as the locking hole, an initial position of the striking rod is offset away from the musical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: Tsun-Chi Liao
  • Patent number: 10515617
    Abstract: A device for controlling electronic musical instruments includes a casing having a base. The casing and the base define the body of the control device. The device also includes a slotted hole for connecting to an instrument pedalboard. The slotted hole is located in a cavity in the body of the control device such that the slotted hole is integrated in the body of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: LLEVINAC, S.L.
    Inventors: Jordi Canivell Grifols, David Mañosa Ripoll, Marta Hereu Ros
  • Patent number: 10504495
    Abstract: A drum pedal apparatus includes a base or base plate, a footboard pivotably coupled to the base plate, the footboard operable to drive a mallet to strike a drum, and a clamping mechanism attached to the base plate adjacent the footboard. The clamping mechanism includes a first lever arm adapted to couple the drum pedal apparatus to a drum hoop of a drum, a pivot assembly coupled to the first lever arm, and a second lever arm coupled to the first lever arm via the pivot assembly. The second lever arm can be adapted to operate the clamping mechanism, where the clamping mechanism applies a selected clamping force to the drum hoop responsive to the second lever arm pivoting relative to the first lever arm at the pivot assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Daniel Pawlovich
  • Patent number: 10475423
    Abstract: A pedal angle adjusting device is coupled to a coupling arm such as to be pivotable about an axis. Also, the pedal angle adjusting device is coupled to a free end of a pedal such as to be pivotable about an axis and arranged to be fixable to the free end of the pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: HOSHINO GAKKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Satoshi Hirasawa
  • Patent number: 10366683
    Abstract: A percussion-instrument playing apparatus for playing a percussion instrument having a striking surface. The apparatus includes: a main body to be mounted on the percussion instrument 100 to face the striking surface of the percussion instrument with a predetermined space from the striking surface; an arm supporter attached to the main body; an arm that has, at a distal end, an arm head, and is rotatably supported by the arm supporter; a drive device that allows the arm to be rotationally displaced between a state where the arm head pushes the striking surface of the percussion instrument and a state where the arm head is separated from the striking surface; a control device that controls the drive device in accordance with a control program; and an operation device that outputs a drive instruction signal to the control device in response to an operation by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: UTSUWA INC.
    Inventors: Hideaki Iio, Yuki Tsujimoto, Masato Miyake, Tomoya Mikuma, Kosuke Miyaki
  • Patent number: 10360881
    Abstract: A drum foot pedal apparatus includes: a coil spring imparting resilient self-returning force to a foot board; a rod member (or an adjusting bolt) supported by a support section provided on a support post member; and a tension adjustment mechanism provided between the coil spring and the rod member. The tension adjustment mechanism includes a connection position adjustment section that interconnects the lower end of the coil spring and the rod member above the support post member, and that is constructed to permit adjustment of a connection position between the lower end of the coil spring and the rod member or the adjusting bolt at a position above the support section. Thus, it is possible to effectively prevent frictional wear of component parts and generation of noise and achieve an enhanced operability in the tension adjustment, with a simple construction having a minimized number of component parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fumihiro Shigenaga
  • Patent number: 10217447
    Abstract: A lightweight drum shell having two heads for a double-headed drum with a beater connected to an interior wall of the drum shell via a spring, and thus functions to provide a hand held shaker drum capable of producing complicated rhythms, such as varying frequency of beats, speed of beats, or meter especially when two bounce back drums are played together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Inventor: Jon M. Wunderlich
  • Patent number: 10163430
    Abstract: An expandable collapsible pedalboard for supporting effects pedals or other audio processing units features a first section having a first platform, and a second section having a second platform of lesser elevation and width than said first platform. The second section is telescopically mated with the first section for sliding movement in a longitudinal direction between a retracted position placing at least a majority of the second platform beneath said first platform, and an extended position reaching outwardly beyond an end of said first section to reveal more of the second platform from beneath said first platform. Multiple pedalboards can be laid out side-by-side and fastened together to collectively form a larger modular pedalboard. A hollow space delimited between side walls of the second section can accommodate one or more power supply components for the effects pedals or other audio processing units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: Danny Ray Jashyn
  • Patent number: 10147405
    Abstract: A pedal device includes a switching device, which is capable of selectively switching the position of a spring between a use position, at which the spring is disposed during the use of the pedal device, and a non-use position, at which the spring is disposed during the non-use of the pedal device. The switching device is configured such that the length between a first end and a second end of the spring when the spring is disposed at the non-use position is less than the spring length when the spring is disposed at the use position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: HOSHINO GAKKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Satoshi Hirasawa
  • Patent number: 10127899
    Abstract: A system and method for interfacing and controlling multiple musical instrument effects modules and pedals on a common platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventor: John A. Perez
  • Patent number: 10121462
    Abstract: Described is a trigger module that can be used with percussive instruments to generate an electric signal. The trigger module includes an enclosure with a strike plate. A piezoelectric transducer is affixed with the bottom of the strike plate. A striker having a protrusion is attached with the enclosure such that the protrusion rests proximate the strike plate. Thus, forcing the striker towards the strike plate causes the protrusion to impact the strike plate, thereby causing the piezoelectric transducer to generate an electric signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Inventor: Darrell Nickson Johnston
  • Patent number: 9972295
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus installed in a cellular phone (700) to control a guitar effector loop. The apparatus includes a patch screen display unit for displaying a patch, which is constituted by combinations of the plurality of foot switches (600) and the compactors (500) set to the respective foot switches (600), on a patch screen (710) of the cellular phone (700), a bank screen display unit for display a bank constituted by the plurality of patches on a bank screen (720) of the cellular phone (700), and a control unit performing a control so that the patch screen (710) corresponding to a selected patch is displayed by the patch screen display unit when one patch is selected from the plurality of patches displayed on the back screen (720).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Seung Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 9911402
    Abstract: A drum beater shaft with a flexible coupling means disposed between the base portion of the shaft and the head portion of the shaft is disclosed. The base portion of the shaft is fixed and hingedly attached, typically, to a pedal operated actuator. The head portion of the shaft contains a striking device used to contact the drum when actuated by the pedal. In one preferred embodiment, the flexible coupling means disposed between the base portion and head portion of the drum beater shaft takes the form of a spring surrounded by an elastic sheath. In another preferred embodiment, the flexible coupling means takes the form of a universal joint surrounded by an elastic sheath, In yet another preferred embodiment, the flexible coupling means takes the form of a ball an socket joint surrounded by and elastic sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Richard L Farago
  • Patent number: 9905211
    Abstract: Provided is a guitar effector loop in which a plurality of foot switches (600) are installed in a body so that the plurality of foot switches (600) are connected to a guitar (a), an amplifier (b), and a plurality of compactors (500), and various combinations of the compactors (500) are obtained. In a state in which the No. 1 alternative switch (611) and the No. 2 alternative switch (612) are turned off, or the No. 2 alternative switch (612) is turned on, when the No. 1 alternative switch (611) is turned on, the compactor (500) set by the No. 1 alternative switch (611) is turned on, and the compactor (504) set by only the No. 2 alternative switch (612) is turned off. Thus, the number of combinations of the guitar effectors may increase without increasing the number of switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Seung Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 9881594
    Abstract: A drum beater shaft with a flexible coupling means disposed between the base portion of the shaft and the head portion of the shaft is disclosed. The base portion of the shaft is fixed and hingedly attached, typically, to a pedal operated actuator. The head portion of the shaft contains a striking device used to contact the drum when actuated by the pedal. In one preferred embodiment, the flexible coupling means disposed between the base portion and head portion of the drum beater shaft takes the form of a spring surrounded by an elastic sheath. In another preferred embodiment, the flexible coupling means takes the form of a universal joint surrounded by an elastic sheath, In yet another preferred embodiment, the flexible coupling means takes the form of a ball an socket joint surrounded by and elastic sheath.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Richard L. Farago
  • Patent number: 9875730
    Abstract: A dual action pedal device utilizing the forward section of a musical bass drum pedal foot board to strike a musical bass drum and an attached heel controlled piston to open/close musical hi-hat cymbals. By pressing in a downward motion the heel of a human foot closes musical hi-hat cymbals under spring pressure. Upon raising a human foots heel from the aforementioned piston the hi-hat cymbals open under spring pressure thus making this device a dual action pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: Craig Dean Cannon
  • Patent number: 9870761
    Abstract: This disclosure includes a first magnet and a second magnet spaced from the first magnet in a repulsive relationship. A rod is configured to be secured to a musical instrument and is in a corresponding relationship with the first and second magnets. The corresponding relationship is defined as the movement of the rod corresponds to movement between the first and second magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Inventor: Robert R. Spencer
  • Patent number: 9728172
    Abstract: A system and method for interfacing and controlling multiple musical instrument effects modules on a common platform. The system includes: a system processor; a backplane coupled with the system processor; a plurality of musical instrument effects modules removably inserted into the backplane, each of the plurality of musical instrument effects modules including an audio input signal interface and an audio output signal interface, at least one of the musical instrument effects modules including a programmable potentiometer and/or programmable switch to modify an audio output signal; and a user interface configured to enable a user to apply a desired setting on the programmable potentiometer of the musical instrument effects modules via the system processor and the backplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Inventor: John A. Perez
  • Patent number: 9721547
    Abstract: A pedal device for an electronic percussion instrument is provided, wherein first and second detection means for detecting a rotation of a pedal by different methods are alternatively disposed in a base. The pedal has a pressing part on a lower surface side. The base includes a first portion located under the pressing part for supporting the first detection means, and a second portion located around the first portion for supporting the second detection means. The first portion supports the first detection means such that a first pressed part of the first detection means is disposed on a displacement trajectory of the pressing part that displaces with the rotation of the pedal, and the second portion disposes the second detection means such that a second pressed part of the second detection means is disposed on the displacement trajectory of the pressing part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: ROLAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshiaki Mori
  • Patent number: 9721548
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a bass drum beater apparatus. Specifically, the bass drum beater apparatus comprises a beater head interconnected with a spring element that is, in turn, interconnected to a base element that is connected to a beater rod. A bass drum pedal system is further provided. Methods of making and using the same are further provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Aaron Krause
  • Patent number: 9691367
    Abstract: A drum foot pedal apparatus is provided which can effectively prevent, by a spike member, positional displacement of the apparatus from occurring due to depression of a foot board and permits adjustment of a projected amount of the spike member with a simple construction. The apparatus includes: a base member fixed at one end to a frame section and fixed at the other end to a heel member, thereby interconnecting the frame section and the heel member; and a spike member provided on the base member in such a manner as to be projectable downward beyond the lower surface of the base member. The spike member is disposed at a position where it does not positionally overlap the foot board, and the spike member is constructed so that the projected amount of the spike member is adjustable by an operation from above the upper surface of the foot board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Fumihiro Shigenaga
  • Patent number: 9685146
    Abstract: Disclosed are a drum beater and a drum foot pedal apparatus which are simple in construction with reduced numbers of component parts and yet allow weight adjustment of the beater to be performed promptly and reliably through a mere manual operation without using any tool, and which include: a beater head for striking a drum; a beater rod having the beater head mounted thereon; a retention member mounted on the beater rod, through a mere manual operation without using any tool, in such a manner that it is axially displaceable relative to the beater rod; a spring normally biasing the retention member toward the beater rod; and a weight member held sandwiched between the retention member and the beater head by the biasing force of the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fumihiro Shigenaga, Shinsuke Irisa
  • Patent number: 9633640
    Abstract: Provided is an adjustment unit for guitar effector that is installed between input unit and output unit to adjust a volume and a tone based on the output signal by using a variable resistor in an analog circuit. The adjustment unit comprises one or more of a level part that adjusts a size of the output signal, a tone part that adjusts an amount of high-pitched sound and an amount of low-pitched sound, and a distortion part that adjusts a degree of distortion, one or more of the level part, the tone part and the distortion part are plural, and a switch comprising one or more of a level switch for selecting any one of the plurality of level parts, a tone switch for selecting any one of the plurality of tone parts, and a distortion switch for selecting any one of the plurality of distortion parts is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Seung Jae Lee
  • Patent number: 9633633
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an adjustable foot pedal for a percussion drum. In one example, the foot pedal utilizes a transversely split footboard having a heel end pivotably coupled to a heel plate and a toe end coupled to a step force transfer member. In one example the heel end is longitudinally adjustable relative to the toe end. A connecting rod may be utilized having an intermediate point coupled to the eccentric cam plate at a position offset from the axis of rotation of the rotational shaft so as to pivot and linearly slide relative thereto; a first end of the connecting rod fixed to the frame body; and wherein the connecting rod couples to the eccentric cam plate between the attachment to the frame body and at least one compression member. A pivot arm may be used pivotably coupled to the connecting member and pivotably coupled to the footboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Ronn Dunnett
  • Patent number: 9626944
    Abstract: A musical instrument pedal with a drumstick angle adjustment structure comprises a drumstick, a rotation shaft, a stand frame, a pedal base, a pedal, and a chain. The drumstick is fixed to the rotation shaft. The stand frame includes a vertical rod pivotally coupled to the rotation shaft. The pedal base includes a fixed member connected with the stand frame to secure the stand frame, a mobile member slidable with respect to the fixed member, and a screw fastening the fixed member to the mobile member. Two ends of the chain are respectively connected with the pedal and the rotation shaft. Thereby, the relative position of the mobile member and the fixed member can be varied to drag the chain to rotate the rotation shaft, change the drumstick angle, vary the force strength of beating the drum skin, and generate different drum sounds for different melodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: Tsun-Chi Liao
  • Patent number: 9589546
    Abstract: Drum pedal assemblies are disclosed which can include one or more adjustment feature and/or interlocking feature. Adjustment features which can be included in embodiments of the invention can include spring tension adjustment features, pedal incline adjustment features, lever length adjustment features, and/or beater stem angle adjustment features. Drum pedal assemblies are also disclosed which can include slot-and-tab connections between assembly pieces, which can reduce or eliminate certain undesired pedal movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: DRUM WORKSHOP, INC.
    Inventor: Richard A. Sikra
  • Patent number: 9583080
    Abstract: A beater for a drum pedal has a main body, a sleeve, a striking head, a distance adjusting unit, an inner fastening unit, an angular adjusting unit, a fastening set, and a stem. The sleeve is mounted around the main body. The striking head is mounted on the sleeve. The distance adjusting unit is mounted inside the main body. The inner fastening unit is mounted inside the distance adjusting unit. The angular adjusting unit is mounted through the distance adjusting unit and the inner fastening unit. The fastening set is connected to the inner fastening unit and abuts against the sleeve. The stem penetrates the sleeve, the main body, the inner fastening unit, and is connected to the angular adjusting unit. Operating the fastening set can tighten or loosen the inner fastening unit and adjust the distance adjusting unit and the angular adjusting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Mu-Sen Lai
  • Patent number: 9520118
    Abstract: The support comprises a board provided with multiple grooves on the upper face thereof, along which attachment brackets can be fitted for the movable control devices, pedals and similar devices on the board, allowing the different control devices to be attached by previously fixing the brackets on the grooves of the board at the required places and the subsequent fixed positioning of the control devices and pedals on the brackets, by means of attachment elements thereof. The grooves of the board have flanges along the upper edges thereof for holding the attachment elements of the brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: LLEVINAC, S.L.
    Inventors: Jordi Canivell Grifols, David Mañosa Ripoll, Eulalia Llovet Vidal, Marta Hereu Ros
  • Patent number: 9472174
    Abstract: Drum pedal assemblies are disclosed which can include one or more adjustment feature and/or interlocking feature. Adjustment features which can be included in embodiments of the invention can include spring tension adjustment features, pedal incline adjustment features, lever length adjustment features, and/or beater stem angle adjustment features. Drum pedal assemblies are also disclosed which can include slot-and-tab connections between assembly pieces, which can reduce or eliminate certain undesired pedal movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: DRUM WORKSHOP, INC.
    Inventor: Richard A. Sikra
  • Patent number: 9466272
    Abstract: A cajón playing device consists essentially of a bottom plate, a mallet assembly, and a pedal lever. The mallet assembly is mounted on the bottom plate and has a rotating shaft, a mallet fixedly connected to the rotating shaft so as to pivot simultaneously with the rotating shaft when the rotating shaft is rotated, and a transmission member fixedly connected to the rotating shaft and extending toward the bottom plate. The pedal lever has a middle section pivotally provided on a lateral side of the bottom plate, one end connected to the extending end of the transmission member, and the opposite end bent into a curved foot-operated portion. When the foot-operated portion is operated, the pedal lever is pivoted and drives the transmission member to rotate the rotating shaft such that the mallet fixedly connected to the rotating shaft is pivoted and strikes the striking surface of a cajón.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: E BIN INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hsi Tan Lin
  • Patent number: 9460692
    Abstract: A drum pedal has a base, a pivoting assembly, a rotating element, a beater holder assembly, a chain assembly, and a foot board. The pivoting assembly is mounted in the base. The rotating element, the beater holder assembly and the chain assembly are mounted in the pivoting assembly. The foot board is mounted between the chain assembly and the base. The base has a resilient element mounted concentric with a shaft of the pivoting assembly. A rotating element receives the resilient element. A torque of the resilient element is evenly matched with a swing caused by the beater holder and the chain assembly. Therefore, the beater holder and the chain assembly return to the original position immediately after the swing. Two drum pedals are manipulated to play respectively, and are connected by a coupling assembly to compose a drum pedal unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Reliance International Corp.
    Inventors: Chih-Yung Chen, Cheng-Lin Ho, Chi-Hua Chuang, Wei-Ting Chen