Combined Patents (Class 84/422.2)
  • Patent number: 10832642
    Abstract: Drum pedal assemblies are disclosed which can include one or more adjustment features. 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, beater stem angle adjustment features, chain path adjustment features, operable chain length adjustment features, and chain connection point position adjustment features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Inventor: Richard A. Sikra
  • Patent number: 10825430
    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 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: Richard A. Sikra
  • Patent number: 10629172
    Abstract: A drum beater including a hollow housing and loose fill material to generate a rattle sound upon striking a drum is disclosed herein. A user can customize the sound and loudness of the generated rattle or sound by changing the size, shape, quantity, materials, or combinations thereof of the hollow housing. The user can further customize the sound and loudness that they wish to create by also changing the size, shape, material, amounts or combinations thereof of the loose fill material. The drum beater also includes a rod to mount the drum beater to a drum foot pedal to control the drum beater while playing the drums. Optionally, the drum beater includes a pad mounted thereon, which changes the way the rattle sounds. The user, such as a musician, is free to express their creativity by how much can be varied in order to generate different sounds and rattles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Keith Alexander
  • Patent number: 10366679
    Abstract: The present invention provides a sleeve mounted to an end or both ends of a shaft of the drum pedal. A T shaped screw cap runs through the sleeve and joins to a threaded rod, which in turn is connected to an end of an elastic element. The other end of the elastic element is hooked to the lower end of a column. The screw cap allows convenient and easy adjustment to the length of the elastic element and, therefore, the force of exertion when pressing down the pedal board. The drummer may fine-tune the drum pedal any time during the performance to suit his/her desire and for the best performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: JAW CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chang-Hui Chen
  • Patent number: 10311840
    Abstract: A curved pedal having a pedal reference plane and having a width direction and a length direction may comprise an actuatable region disposed at a top surface of the curved pedal; and at least one curvature profile in the length direction within at least one portion of the actuatable region. Slope at the top surface relative to the pedal reference plane may vary smoothly within the at least one portion of the actuatable region. Radius of curvature of the top surface within the at least one portion of the actuatable region may, for example, be not less than one-half of the length of the actuatable region. The actuatable region may comprise at least one first convexity, at least one first concavity, and/or at least one second convexity. Where present, the at least one first concavity may be disposed centrally in the length direction between the at least one first convexity and the at least one second convexity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Matthew Guyre
  • Patent number: 10152955
    Abstract: Drum pedal assemblies are disclosed which can include one or more adjustment features. Adjustment features which can be included in embodiments of the present disclosure can include components for adjusting pedal angle and/or height, and the resistance offered by the pedal (such as due to a spring connection). Pedal assemblies according to some embodiments of the present disclosure can include rotatable base plates for easy storage and travel. Pedal assemblies according to some embodiments the present disclosure can include securing means such as retractable spikes for stabilizing the pedal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Drum Workshop, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard A Sikra
  • Patent number: 9928815
    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 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: DRUM WORKSHOP, INC.
    Inventor: Richard A. Sikra
  • Patent number: 9378713
    Abstract: A bass drum beater assembly which is to strike a bass drum face by actuation of a foot pedal. The bass drum beater assembly is capable of being quickly turned one hundred and eighty degrees to cause the back side of the beater head to strike the bass drum face rather than the front side. The bass drum beater assembly is also quickly axially adjustable to vary the striking position on the bass drum face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: Kevin Daniel Smith
  • Patent number: 9053687
    Abstract: A bass drum is precluded from progressive movement from the hammer or bass drum beater impact by a strap connecting it to the drummer's seat. The strap is preferably connected to the foot pedal by a coupling plate that is seated there under or forms part of the foot pedal base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Inventor: Gary Benson
  • Patent number: 8633367
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a beater for operating a drum, the beater comprising the following: a main body (10) having a beating part (11) which is removably attached to the main body (10); a shaft (20) on which the main body (10) is mounted, at least one recess (12) being formed in the main body (10) for accommodating a bulk body, wherein one side of the recess is delimited by a bottom surface (11a) of the beating part (11) so that the recess (12) is accessible from outside when the beating part (11) is removed. A pivot bearing of the main body (10) at the shaft (20) can be realized by a friction surface between the main body (10) and the shaft (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: GEWA music GmbH
    Inventors: Ruben Steinhauser, Winfried Holl
  • Patent number: 8546676
    Abstract: A pedal device for an electronic percussion instrument, including: a base; a foot board supported at its first end portion to the base and configured to pivot by depression; an arm rotatably supported at its first end at a pivot point located near to a second end portion of the foot board, the arm being pivotable about the pivot point; a mass portion provided near to a second end of the arm; a regulating portion for regulating a locus of displacement of the mass portion when the foot board is moved from a depression start position to a depression end position; and a stopper portion provided on the base for defining the depression end position by contacting the mass portion in a forward stroke of depression, the regulating portion regulating the locus of the displacement of the mass portion so as not to contain a downward component in the forward stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Ryuji Hashimoto
  • Publication number: 20130025432
    Abstract: A combination carrying case and kick drum creep preventer that allows a drummer to conveniently transport items to a performance or rehearsal venue and prevent unwanted kick drum creep. The case is specially designed to open into a platform and provide a suitable area which is a kick drum placement area. Integrally attached to the case/platform structure near the kick drum placement area is a kick drum creep preventer that the kick drum can be placed against. Such a system provides a cost effective, simple and easy method for drummers to setup and play a kick drum along with other musical instruments without the problem of unwanted kick drum creep or motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventor: Christopher George Schaff
  • Publication number: 20130008299
    Abstract: This invention is an adjustment mechanism for a musical percussion instrument having a pair of upper and lower cymbals moveable along a stand between a fully open position wherein there is a gap between the upper and lower cymbals and a fully closed position wherein there is no gap between the cymbals. The adjustment mechanism comprises a resilient element between the upper and lower cymbals to control the gap therebetween, an actuating mechanism operably connected to the resilient element, and a strike surface operably connected to the actuating mechanism. Striking the strike surface serves to cause movement of the resilient member and alter the gap between the upper and lower cymbals. The gap will increase or decrease depending on which strike surface is struck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventors: William Joseph Coady, Matthew L. Swan
  • Publication number: 20110167984
    Abstract: An assembly for mounting musical instruments comprises a base, a bearing, the bearing secured to the base, a post, the post comprising a head, the head comprising a plurality of mounting flanges for mounting a musical instrument, and a body, the body fixedly connected to head at a first end, the body further rotatably engaged to the bearing at a second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventors: Randy Lovvorn, Andrzej Krol, Ray Enhoffer, Richard Simons
  • Patent number: 7964781
    Abstract: An assembly for mounting musical instruments comprises a base, a bearing, the bearing secured to the base, a post, the post comprising a head, the head comprising a plurality of mounting flanges for mounting a musical instrument, and a body, the body fixedly connected to head at a first end, the body further rotatably engaged to the bearing at a second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: KMC Music, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy Lovvorn, Andrzej Krol, Ray Enhoffer, Richard Simons
  • Patent number: 7956267
    Abstract: A hi-hat system of the present invention includes a support element, a connecting shank, a fixation element and a transmission element. The support element has a pedal and a rotatable axle. The axle inserts through the connecting shank and the fixation element in a rotational operative relationship. The transmission element connects between the pedal and the connecting shank. The fixation element is adapted to control a movement of an upper cymbal. The connecting shank has a longitudinal slot. The axle is movable between both ends of the longitudinal slot so that the distance between the axle and the transmission element is adjustable, further changing the drive ratio of the axle and the transmission element. As such, the percussion sensitivity of the cymbals is adjustable for the player to achieve better performance effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Inventor: Kuo-Chang Chen
  • Patent number: 7943841
    Abstract: A hi-hat type electronic pad capable of detecting, with reality, an up-and-down motion of a movable pad body that operates similarly to a top cymbal of an acoustic hi-hat, and capable of accurately detecting the operation by one of operation switches which is depressed by a corresponding actuator, even if the movable pad body is moved downward in an inclined state. An operation detecting unit includes a base plate and an elastic member and is provided on an HH pad body. When the HH pad body is moved downward by a pedal operation, the actuators formed on an upper surface of the elastic member and corresponding sheet switches disposed on the base plate are made in contact with one another, whereby operation ON is detected. The sheet switches are formed into an annular shape as viewed in plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Jiro Toda
  • Patent number: 7838753
    Abstract: An electronic high-hat circuitry system allows the drummer to manually choose the sounds that an electronic high-hat makes when the drummer's foot is off of the pedal and the high-hat instrument is struck. When the pedal is at or near the top of its travel, a primary circuitry switch disables normal foot-controlled positioning circuitry and enables a secondary circuit that sends a manually selected positioning signal to a drum module. When the pedal is again pressed down, the primary circuitry switch returns control to the primary, pedal controlled circuit. An optional tertiary circuit allows for the choosing of a different sound when the secondary circuit is activated and the high-hat cymbal is tilted, and is used primarily for accent notes. A control panel is used by the drummer to select the desired high-hat sounds of the secondary and tertiary circuits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Inventor: Mark David Steele
  • Patent number: 7737352
    Abstract: An instrument stand with variable ground contact positions of its supporting pods is disclosed. It has a standing post mounted with two positioning rings. One of them is fixed, and the other can slide relative to the former. The positioning rings have several supporting bases and several connecting elements that fix with the supporting bases after angle adjustment. The supporting pods are locked on the two positioning rings. Each supporting pod is controlled by the relative motion of the two positioning rings to expand and collapse. The ground contact positions of the supporting pods of the invention are thus variable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Remarkable Company
    Inventor: Ming Yi Chang
  • Patent number: 7696422
    Abstract: A heelless instrument pedal device includes a bottom board and a pedal board. The bottom board is in connection with an instrument support and has two pivotal connection elements protruding upwards with a ball shape. The rear bottom surface of the pedal board has a pivotal connection base corresponding to the pivotal connection elements. The pedal board is connected to the pivotal connection elements on the bottom board using the pivotal connection base. Thus, the pedal board can swing in the direction of the force applied by the user's foot. The front end of the pedal board has a linking element, so that the linking element moves as the pedal board swings with respect to the pivotal connection elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Remarkable Company
    Inventor: Ming-Yi Chang
  • Patent number: 7696423
    Abstract: A drum hi hat apparatus including a first tube device, a second tube device, a third tube device, a rod, a support device, a pedal device, and a first adjusting device. The third tube device may have a first end which is configured to have a first cymbal placed on it. The rod may be configured to fit within the first, second, and third tube devices. The support device may be configured so that it is able to support the first tube device in an upright position. The first adjusting device may be configured to adjustably fix the rod to the second tube device, so that the rod extends out from the second tube device different amounts. The pedal device may be connected to the second tube device, which is adjustably fixed to the rod by a first adjusting device, so that the pedal device can pull down the second tube device and thereby pull down a second cymbal fixed to the rod to bring the second cymbal in contact with the first cymbal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Inventor: Mark Schiano
  • Patent number: 7692084
    Abstract: A tension unit for a drum set pedal has a mounting shell, a lower locking nut, an upper locking nut, a threaded shaft and a spring. The mounting shell has an inner chamber, a mounting hole, at least one positioning protrusion and a locking ring. The positioning protrusion and locking ring are respectively formed on a top and bottom face of the mounting shell around the mounting hole. The lower locking nut has a threaded hole and an engaging ring engaging the locking ring. The upper locking nut abuts the top face of the mounting shell and has a threaded hole, a position ring engaging the positioning protrusion and an annular groove allowing the upper locking nut to flex. The threaded shaft is mounted through the mounting hole and the locking nuts and engages the locking nuts. The spring is connected to the threaded shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Inventor: Mu-Sen Lai
  • Patent number: 7608770
    Abstract: A variable ratio spring return for a bass drum pedal includes a bass drum pedal of the type having a driveshaft mounted on a frame for rotation in a positive direction from a rest position to an impact position on a longitudinal axis of the driveshaft. A spring return assembly connected between the frame and the driveshaft biases the driveshaft in a negative direction from the impact position towards the rest position. The spring return assembly includes a spring with ears at opposing ends, one ear connected to the frame and the other ear connected to a cam-shaped hub mounted on the driveshaft. The hub has a peripheral edge that varies in radius from a small radius at an upper end to a large radius at a lower end. A belt has a first end connected to the upper end of the hub and extends downwardly around a forward peripheral edge of the hub to a clip that receives the upper ear of the spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: Lucas A. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 7589275
    Abstract: An electronic hi-hat cymbal comprises a hi-hat having a strike detector, a pedal unit having a stepped degree detector, a waveform data memory for storing a plurality of electronic hi-hat sound waveform data, corresponding to respective stepped degrees, in a plurality of stages, a CPU, a musical tone generating controller, and so forth. The CPU causes the musical tone generating controller to read out electronic hi-hat sound waveform data corresponding to a stepped degree in the pedal unit from the waveform data memory when a strike to the hi-hat is detected to thereby generate a musical tone signal before outputting, and when a change occurs to the stepped degree during a musical tone being produced thereafter, to read out electronic hi-hat sound waveform data corresponding to a new stepped degree halfway through to thereby generate a musical tone signal to be outputted, which is continued while the musical tone is being produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Keita Arimoto
  • Patent number: 7528312
    Abstract: Two drums are arranged so that a head of each faces each other in close proximity to enable a distal end of a drum stick, hand or mallet that is positioned between them to strike both when moving the drum stick, hand or mallet first toward and against one and then toward and against the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Inventor: Stephen DiGiovanni
  • Patent number: 7511212
    Abstract: A musical instrument stand assembly with a foldable pedal includes a main stand body, and the main stand body includes a main rod, and the bottom of the main rod includes two support rods each with a recession, and the recession includes a first circular serration; two side frames, and a sidewall of each side frame includes a protrusion and a second circular serration at the protrusion, and each side frame is installed by engaging each protrusion with the recession of each support rod, such that the first and second circular serrations are engaged with each other. With the design of rotably engaging the two side frames and the two support rods, the main stand body of the musical instrument has the function of adjusting its inclination with respect to a vertical position, and the effect of conveniently folding the pedal of the musical instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Remarkable Company
    Inventor: Ming Yi Chang
  • Patent number: 7351901
    Abstract: A bearing device for a pedal assembly includes an integrally formed positioning block, a connecting block and a bearing. The connecting block has a connecting hole aligning with a second threaded hole of the positioning block, a second cutout defined in a top side of the connecting block to communicate with a first cutout of the positioning block and an engagement hole defined in a lower portion thereof for engagement with a recoil spring of the pedal assembly. A bearing is securely received in the first cutout and the second cutout. A first threaded bolt is extending through the aligned first threaded hole and the through hole for secure engagement of the bearing inside the positioning block. A second threaded bolt is extending into the aligned connecting hole and the second threaded hole to secure engagement between the positioning block and the connecting block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Assignee: K.H.S. Musical Instrument Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wu-Hong Hsieh
  • Patent number: 7326843
    Abstract: A locking nut assembly for hi-hat clutch comprises a main body having a bolt hole, a locking nut is disposed in the main body, the locking nut a central threaded opening for receiving a threaded stem of the hi-hat clutch, and a key bolt. The locking nut further having a threaded aperture. The key bolt passes through the bolt hole of said main body, and is threaded into the threaded aperture of the locking nut, whereby the key bolt is selectively tightened to force the threaded portion of the locking nut into engagement with the threaded stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: Pearl Musical Instrument Co.
    Inventor: Yukio Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7321092
    Abstract: A dual foot pedal system operates on a bass drum with a beat having a different rhythm. The first foot pedal operates on the drum by a direct transmission from the pedal to the surface of the drum. The second foot pedal has a mechanism thereon that changes the relative position of the travel between the cantilevered hammer heads to obtain a difference of a beat on the drum. The difference is achieved by a driven disc which is operated by the second foot pedal stepped upon by the individual drummer. There is a floating disc adjacent to the driven disc adjustably connected to the driven disc which changes the length of time of the second cantilevered hammer head to travel to an impact on the drum relative to the impact obtained by the first foot pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Inventor: Curt A. Hauck
  • Patent number: 7268284
    Abstract: A switchable foot pedal system for a drum-playing equipment has a hi-hat to be activated by a first pedal and a base drum to be activated by a second pedal. The system includes a switch device connectable to the first pedal. The switch device is connected to the hi-hat directly and connected to the base drum through an interconnection rod with variable length. The system also has a switch selection pedal configuration provided on the first pedal. The switch selection pedal configuration switches the switch device between a position activating the hi-hat and a position activating the base drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Inventor: Jimmie Harrison Lee
  • Patent number: 7262356
    Abstract: A drum pedal assembly having a base plate with provisions to attach to a floor surface having a forward end to be juxtaposed with a drum and an aft end with both pedals hinged on the same base plate aft end, a pair of posts that are affixed at the base plate forward end that are parallel and vertical. Respective bearings, springs, drive shafts and bearing housings supported by fittings on the housings journaled over the posts. A similar secondary assembly placed to the right or left of the above-mentioned, driving a single beater and two beaters driven by the primary pedal. Independent linkages attach each pedal to its respective beater(s). The primary pedal system causes two beaters to strike the drum (on center) in an upstroke movement as well as a down stroke movement, the secondary beater striking on depression of the pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Inventor: Charles Dean Lukios, II
  • Patent number: 7232947
    Abstract: For use in actuating a cymbal or the like, there being an upright support stand and an upright rod associated with the stand and attached to the cymbal to move it vertically, and there being a foot activated pedal unit remote from the stand, the combination comprising a first frame associated with the stand, and a connector unit associated with the frame, said rod connected with said connector unit to be moved longitudinally upwardly and downwardly by said unit, an elongated rotary linkage extending laterally between said pedal unit and said connector unit, the connector unit configured to convert rotary motion transmitted by the linkage to longitudinal motion transferred to said rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Drum Workshop, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald G. Lombardi
  • Patent number: 7102066
    Abstract: An angle adjust device for a cymbal includes a connecting seat mounted to a free end of a cymbal stand. The connecting includes a hollow stub longitudinally extending through the connecting seat and a protrusion laterally extending from the connecting seat. A connector is mounted to the protrusion of the connecting seat and has a trough defined in the connector. The trough has an opening defined in one side of the connector facing the connecting seat. An actuated rod is limited in the connector. The actuated rod has a threaded section screwed into the threaded hole in the slider and a polygonal head co-axially extending from the threaded section through the connector for user to easily rotate the actuated rod and adjust a distance between the slider and the connecting seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Remarkable Company
    Inventor: Ming Yi Chang
  • Patent number: 7078606
    Abstract: A high hat stand includes a cymbal receiving plate journaled to a main mounting body. An adjustable bolt, for adjusting the pivot orientation around the journal of the receiving plate with respect to the mounting body, passes through the receiving plate so that as a nut is tightened on the bolt the receiving plate is tilted with respect to the mounting body. A biasing spring may also be interposed between the receiving plate and the mounting body. A cushion may be disposed between the plate and the cymbal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Pearl Musical Instrument Co.
    Inventor: Yukio Tanaka
  • Patent number: 7005568
    Abstract: An extension connector has a threaded end formed on a first end of the extension connector for connection with a threaded hole of a receptacle and a threaded hole adapted for connection with a threaded end of a ball linkage such that an angle adjustable cymbal stand is able to extend to any position for connection with a cymbal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: Wu-Hong Hsieh
  • Patent number: 6992244
    Abstract: A base drum rim clamp device comprising in combination, a base, a wedging device to exert clamping force that device carried by the base, means to displace said device to move a surface or surfaces of the device relatively toward one side of a base drum rim, and a clamp part to which clamping force is transmitted at the opposite side of the drum rim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Drum Workshop, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Paul, Robert Gatzan
  • Patent number: 6982374
    Abstract: A fixture adapted to combine with a paddle assembly includes a pair of rods threadingly extendable into opposite sides of the first distal end of the base, a pair of ribs adapted to be formed on opposite sides of the base, a pair of guiding grooves adapted to be oppositely defined in a bottom portion of the bracket of the drum stand to correspond to and receive therein the pair of ribs and a pair of notches adapted to be oppositely defined in a mediate portion of the bracket of the drum stand to correspond to and receive therein the pair of rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Inventor: Wu-Hong Hsieh
  • Patent number: 6977333
    Abstract: Remote wire hi-hat apparatus is actuated by the pedal of the first hi-hat apparatus via flexible cable. A lever connecting the foot pedal of the master hi-hat and the flexible cable of the slave hi-hat is fixed to the pedal by a screw used to attach a chain or belt connected to the elevator rod of the master hi-hat. The flexible cable is connected to the lever by means of ring-shaped attachment unit. Housing of the sheath of the flexible cable is at the lower part of the hollow post of the master hi-hat stand. At the other end of the flexible cable there is a hollow post of the slave hi-hat. In the hollow post of the slave hi-hat there is a spring used to return the cable to the starting position. To achieve that the foot pedal is to be worked with the same force there are springs with hollow screws and nuts placed between top and bottom cymbals of both master and slave hi-hats. Instead of the said lever there can be a set of two pulleys placed between foot pedal and elevator rod of the master hi-hat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2005
    Assignee: Drum Workshop, Inc.
    Inventor: Anton Sutej
  • Patent number: 6967273
    Abstract: A recovery force adjusting device for a cymbal stand includes a handle, a driving ring movable relative to the column and having a pin extending through the stop, a supporting seat having a cutout and a wedge the supporting seat, a rotating sleeve rotatably and movably sandwiched between the supporting seat and the driving seat and having a first, a second and a third sets of teeth formed on the rotating sleeve and a recovery spring to move the rotating sleeve upward. Due to the misalignment relationship between the wedge and the tooth of the first set of teeth, sliding movement of the wedge along a slope of the corresponding tooth of the first set of teeth forces the rotating sleeve to rotate and thus the position of the driving ring is changed. A compression force to the spring is thus adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventor: Wu-Hong Hsieh
  • Patent number: 6960712
    Abstract: Drumsticks made from thermoplastic or thermoset resin compositions containing a reinforcing agent and having certain physical properties are readily formed, have good playing characteristics, and are durable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
    Inventors: Joel David Citron, Michael Robert Samuels
  • Patent number: 6953884
    Abstract: A drum beater for beating a bass drum is described. The drum beater includes a circular beater head having a reduced thickness around it's outer circumference for providing a relatively narrow outer extremity for striking the drumhead of the bass drum. The drum beater further includes a beater stem having one end secured to the beater head and having the other end extending outward from the beater head for attachment to a foot pedal mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2005
    Inventors: Denny R. Dennis, Marcel R. Daignault
  • Patent number: 6951976
    Abstract: A high hat stand keeps high hat cymbals straight on a floor, and crashes the top cymbal against the bottom cymbal in response to player's fooling, wherein a toggle joint is connected between an extension rod connected to the top cymbal, a foot board depressed by the player and a stationary frame so as to achieve a large magnification ratio between the force exerted on the foot board and the force exerted on the extension rod, thereby improving the response to the player's footing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2005
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Fumihiro Shigenaga
  • Patent number: 6940006
    Abstract: A reversible seat cup allows free floating or fixed positioning of the seat cup, depending on application. For applications where the cymbal needs to be rigidly held, such as China cymbals, and/or minimal stand noise is essential, such as symphonic performances or studio applications, the seat cup can be positioned with the convex side positioned downward and “locked” firmly to the threaded post. A rubber O-ring on the threaded post fits into a receptacle in the seat cup to provide secure attachment and silent action. For applications where the cymbal, such as crash cymbals, needs freedom of movement, the seat cup can be positioned with the convex side positioned upward. A cavity on the opposite side allows the seat cup to float on the rubber O-ring for optimal cymbal sound. The plastic-type material of the seat cup and the rubber O-ring provides silent action and freedom of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Pearl Musical Instrument Co.
    Inventor: Akito Takegawa
  • Patent number: 6930233
    Abstract: A fast release cymbal clamp includes a top pressing member with an extension extending into the assembly block and a handle pivotally connected to the assembly block such that the pivotal movement of the handle is able to force the auxiliary abutting fitting and the C-shaped clamp to engage with the outer periphery of the extension so that the cymbal extended by the extension is securely sandwiched between the upper abutting element and the lower abutting element after the handle is pivoted to engage the auxiliary abutting fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Inventor: Wu-Hong Hsieh
  • Patent number: 6924422
    Abstract: The drum pedal stabilizer is designed to eliminate the problems of beater dropout, pedal and beater oscillation, drum head retrigger, tempo influence and jitter feel on drum pedals and beaters. Specifically, the present invention is directed to a stabilizer having a mounting plate and a gas spring adapted for attachment to a drum pedal to counteract oscillation of the conventional helical spring. The stabilizer may be an aftermarket attachment to conventional drum pedals, or may be incorporated as original equipment in new drum pedal assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Inventor: Jonathan Wise
  • Patent number: 6906252
    Abstract: In a connection type foot pedal of a dual type drum pedal, for example, a first base plate (101) on which a foot pedal (100) for a bass drum serving as a foot pedal for a left foot of a player has been mounted and a second base plate (201) of which a foot pedal (200) for hi-hat cymbals has been mounted are connected and fixed to each other by a connecting tool comprising hinges (120) and (220) and a fixing tool constituted with a first fixing portion (130), a second fixing portion (230) and a fixing screw (250). The foot pedal (200) for hi-hat cymbals is made rotatable within a horizontal plane and the angle thereof is made adjustable to the foot pedal (100) for a bass drum. Accordingly, a connection type foot pedal is provided where a foot pedal for hi-hat cymbals and a foot pedal for a bass drum with a simple constitution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: MK Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Matsuzoe, Haruhiko Maehara, Akio Kawada
  • Patent number: 6903257
    Abstract: An enhanced bass drum pedal is provided with an eccentricity-adjustable cam system comprising a cam core mounted on a rotating shaft, a cam member rotatably connected to the cam core by a first pin, a positioning member rotatably connected to the cam member by a second pin, and a set screw. The positioning member is fastened onto the cam core by the set screw at a selected position of the positioning member to adjust the eccentricity of the cam system relative to the axis of rotation. As a result, a user can readily alter the impact force acted on a drum head and the restoring force applied to the foot board thereby tuning the bass drum pedal to suit the user's playing style and ability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventor: Sang Jae Yun
  • Patent number: 6900380
    Abstract: A foot pedal for a drum is basically constituted by a foot board, a depression transmission member, a pedal frame having a pair of support members, a rotation shaft, a rocker, a beater rod, and a beater. Herein, the rocker comprises a rocker body and a rod fixing portion having a fixing member receiving portion for receiving a fixing member. In assembly, the fixing member is attached to the beater rod and is then received by the fixing member receiving portion; thereafter, a bolt is deeply screwed into the rocker to press the beater rod to the interior wall of the rod insertion hole, so that the fixing member is correspondingly moved backwards and is completely engaged with the fixing member receiving portion. Thus, it is possible to reliably avoid unwanted axial rotation of the beater rod during the play of a bass drum with the foot pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Fumihiro Shigenaga
  • Patent number: 6894210
    Abstract: An adjustable drum beating device, comprising at least one rotor operable to rotate a drum beater, a foot pedal driven flexible driver having a path of engagement with the rotor and operable to rotate the rotor, the driver having adjustable connection to the rotor to effectively adjust the position of the foot pedal relative to the rotor, and there being adjustably relatively movable parts associated with at least one rotor to adjust the configuration of the path of engagement of the flexible driver with the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Drum Workshop, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald G. Lombardi
  • Patent number: 6878868
    Abstract: A combination of a portable high-hat cymbal device and a drum including a drum cylinder-terminated at least on one end by a circular rim and having a drum head stretched thereover to create a drum noise when struck by a drum stick operated by a drummer, first and second cymbals held in opposed formation near the rim of the drum and within reach of the drumsticks held in the hands of the drummer, the cymbals centrally supported on a vertical spindle attached to the drum, with the first cymbal in fixed location above the second cymbal, an abutment, supporting the second cymbal in biased contact with the first cymbal, and slidingly received on the vertical spindle, and pivotal arm, spaced apart from the spindle and operable by motion of the drummer's arm, to move the second cymbal downward on the spindle, against the bias pressure, so that, upon release by the drummer of the first means, the bias pressure moves the second cymbal abruptly upward to crash against the first cymbal to make the appropriate high-hat s
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2005
    Inventor: Stacy L. McMillan