Hi-hat Patents (Class 84/422.3)
  • Patent number: 10467996
    Abstract: There is provided a cymbal damping tool that is attached to a cymbal. The damping tool includes a cylindrical part, a membrane part configured to be a film shape or reticulated and having an inner edge connected to the cylindrical part and disposed on a lower surface side of the cymbal, a frame part that is connected to an outer edge of the membrane part, and a first sensor that is attached to an upper surface of the membrane part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Roland Corporation
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Yoshino, Yuichi Sawada
  • Patent number: 10032440
    Abstract: A modular trigger system releasably attaches to a cymbal or other percussive element. The trigger system has a metal cover plate releasably affixable to a surface of the cymbal or percussive element, at least one piezo sensor releasably affixable to a surface of the cover plate, and a dampening element sandwiched between the undersurface of the cymbal or percussive element and the metal cover plate. The dampening element comprises a flexible thin sheet of rubber with a plurality of openings aligned with the piezo sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: FIELD ELECTRONIC DRUMS, LLC
    Inventor: William Todd Field
  • Patent number: 9858905
    Abstract: A mounting device for a cymbal type percussion instrument, the cymbal type percussion instrument which includes at least one cymbal that is supported on a support, the mounting device includes: a mounting member which is mounted in at least two different positions on the cymbal type percussion instrument, the mounting member which is configured to suppress motion of the cymbal when the mounting member is mounted in the at least two different positions on the cymbal type percussion instrument so as to hold a position of the mounting member relative to the cymbal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Emi Tanabe
  • Patent number: 9355625
    Abstract: A cymbal mounting assembly is provided. The cymbal mounting assembly includes a cymbal mounting shaft having an annular groove formed in an outer surface of the cymbal mounting shaft. The cymbal mounting shaft is configured to receive a cymbal. In addition, the cymbal mounting assembly includes a quick release locking mechanism removably coupled to the shaft. The quick release locking mechanism includes a quick release locking mechanism housing and a pair of locking elements. Each locking element includes a distal release portion and a proximal coupling portion. The proximal coupling portion of each locking element engages the annular groove of the shaft when the quick release locking mechanism is in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Pearl Musical Instrument Co.
    Inventor: Akito Takegawa
  • Patent number: 9224372
    Abstract: A cymbal mounting assembly that has housing with a constant diameter through hole. A mounting rod of a music stand is to be conducted through the through hole with therebeing a loose fit between the mounting rod and the housing. A cymbal is loosely mounted on the housing so it can freely pivot or rock. The assembly includes a tightening nut with a friction feature included to adjust the amount of clamping force being applied to the cymbal. This friction feature prevents unauthorized adjusting of the rocking or pivoting motion (action) of the cymbal and this preselected amount of action by the drummer is maintained between playing locations and is only changed when the drummer decides to do so.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel John Spriggel
  • Patent number: 9135902
    Abstract: An electronic cymbal includes a disk-shaped main body portion and a striking sensor. A covering member is provided to cover an outer circumferential edge portion of the main body portion and includes an upper covering portion covering an upper surface side of the main body portion, an extending portion extending further toward an outer circumferential side than the outer circumferential edge portion of the main body portion, a lower covering portion covering a lower surface side of the main body portion. The striking sensor at least includes an edge sensor between the lower surface of the main body portion and the lower covering portion, and by pressing down the extending portion, the lower covering portion is elastically deformed in a direction toward the main body portion to sandwich the edge sensor with the lower covering portion and the main body portion and press the edge sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: ROLAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Yoshino
  • Patent number: 9099072
    Abstract: A cymbal silencer reduces a percussive sound of a cymbal by abutting the cymbal silencer against the cymbal. The cymbal silencer includes a frame having an inner part, a connecting part and an outer part, and a first elastic member. The inner part has an insertion hole into which a bar-shaped rod for fixing the cymbal is inserted. One side of the connecting part is connected to the inner part and extends toward a direction away from the insertion hole. The outer part is connected to the other side of the connecting part and is disposed at a position further away from the insertion hole than the one side of the connecting part. The outer part corresponds to the bow portion of the cymbal. The first elastic member is installed on one surface side of the outer part of the frame and is composed of the first elastic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: ROLAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Yoshino
  • Patent number: 9093052
    Abstract: A hi-hat symbol in which the top cymbal and bottom cymbal are biased in a closed position. The present invention may include an add-on attachment to an existing hi-hat symbol or a hi-hat cymbal made as a whole unit. The top cymbal may be stationary and the bottom cymbal may be connected to an actuation rod that is connected to a pedal. Therefore, when the pedal is activated, the bottom cymbal may be pulled downward relative to the top cymbal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventor: Adam Scott Turpen
  • Patent number: 9093051
    Abstract: A spiked leg includes a first leg part and a second leg part, which are leg members, and a stopper fixed to a distal end of the second leg part. The stopper includes a stopper main body, a spike holder, and a spike. In the stopper main body, a part of the stopper main body is located between a first longitudinal hole and a second longitudinal hole. Due to this, the proximal end of the spike is arranged apart from a distal end of the second leg part when the second leg part and the spike are assembled onto the stopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: HOSINO GAKKI CO., LTD
    Inventors: Naoki Sato, Hideyuki Miyajima
  • Patent number: 9076415
    Abstract: In some aspects, a hi-hat musical cymbal set support stand includes a vertical stand tube defining a stand axis, and three support members associated with a lower end of the stand tube and disposed in a tripod arrangement for supporting engagement of the stand upon a supporting surface. Each supporting member defines a contact point with the supporting surface, and the three supporting members supporting the lower end of the stand tube in a position spaced apart from the supporting floor surface. At least one of the three supporting members includes a foot pedal cymbal operating device having an outward heel end defining one of the three contact points and an inward toe end suspended from the lower end of the stand tube, the heel end being disposed in engagement with the supporting surface, and the toe end being spaced from contact with the supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Conn-Selmer, Inc.
    Inventor: Joshua Allen
  • Patent number: 9053693
    Abstract: Embodiments of a digital cymbal displacement control device for an electronic hi-hat are provided. A digital cymbal displacement detection unit in accordance with the present disclosure is configured to be directly mounted on the tube above the stand of an electronic hi-hat, as with any conventional hi-hat, without any need of changing the way how the electronic hi-hat is operated. The digital cymbal displacement detection unit includes at least one displacement detection unit and a plurality of sliding elastic elements that slide along a contact surface of the at least one displacement detection unit. Variation in an electrical parameter of each of the at least one displacement detection unit is utilized to determine the displacement of an electronic cymbal set of the electronic hi-hat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: AI-MUSICS TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Gwo-Hsiung Wei
  • Patent number: 9029675
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for mounting a percussion instrument onto a stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Leslie Brian Meadows
    Inventors: Leslie Brian Meadows, Andrew Heydenrych
  • Publication number: 20150096430
    Abstract: A clutch for use in a hi-hat percussion assembly is disclosed. The clutch can included a threaded bolt that includes slots, and a nut that includes an indexing means such as a plunger. An elastic holding means can be used to exert pressure on the indexing means, such as when the indexing means is rigid, for example. The plunger can be configured to engage a slot upon rotation of the nut to lock the nut into place. While in a locked position, unwanted displacement of the nut, including rotational displacement that may be caused by forceful and rapid movements of a drummer, can be reduced, prevented, and/or eliminated. Using a force greater than that required to simply turn the nut while in an unlocked position, the nut can be rotated to disengage the plunger from the slot and return the nut to an unlocked position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Richard A. Sikra
  • Patent number: 8946531
    Abstract: To provide a spring force adjustment structure in a high-hat stand that allows a user to easily adjust a spring force with one hand without reducing a floor space, easily understand the amounts of adjustments made, easily estimate the amount of adjustment to be made when making a fine-tuning afterward, and easily return the spring force to the state before the adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Sakae Rhythm Musical Instrument Ltd.
    Inventors: Eizo Nakata, Shunsaku Tsuji, Manabu Morioka
  • Publication number: 20150027296
    Abstract: A hi-hat symbol in which the top cymbal and bottom cymbal are biased in a closed position. The present invention may include an add-on attachment to an existing hi-hat symbol or a hi-hat cymbal made as a whole unit. The top cymbal may be stationary and the bottom cymbal may be connected to an actuation rod that is connected to a pedal. Therefore, when the pedal is activated, the bottom cymbal may be pulled downward relative to the top cymbal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Adam Scott Turpen
  • Patent number: 8940989
    Abstract: A percussion musical instrument which utilizes a cymbal plate mounted on a shaft (or rod) in a spaced relationship from a cymbal also mounted on the shaft forming an annular gap. A tip of a drumstick is to be inserted within the annular gap and then moved to strike the cymbal plate and cymbal in a single stroke producing a pair of sounds of selected pitches which is to be quickly repeated producing a musical beat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel John Spriggel
  • Patent number: 8865988
    Abstract: Provided is a cymbal holding structure and a cymbal stand that make it possible to easily perform operations of adjustment of cymbal fastening force and attachment/detachment of a cymbal with one hand without using any tools, reliably prevent the loosening of a fastener, allow a performer to concentrate on his/her performance without anxiety, cause no burden on a cymbal supporting rod and a screw portion of the fastener, have long product life cycles, and maintain smooth operability for a long period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Sakae Rhythm Musical Instrument Ltd.
    Inventors: Eizo Nakata, Shunsaku Tsuji, Manabu Morioka
  • Publication number: 20140298972
    Abstract: In some aspects, a hi-hat musical cymbal set support stand includes a vertical stand tube defining a stand axis, and three support members associated with a lower end of the stand tube and disposed in a tripod arrangement for supporting engagement of the stand upon a supporting surface. Each supporting member defines a contact point with the supporting surface, and the three supporting members supporting the lower end of the stand tube in a position spaced apart from the supporting floor surface. At least one of the three supporting members includes a foot pedal cymbal operating device having an outward heel end defining one of the three contact points and an inward toe end suspended from the lower end of the stand tube, the heel end being disposed in engagement with the supporting surface, and the toe end being spaced from contact with the supporting surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: CONN-SELMER, INC.
    Inventor: Joshua Allen
  • Publication number: 20140260896
    Abstract: A clutch assembly for a high-hat drum cymbal. A coiled spring is compressed between an upper bearing surface on an enclosure assembly and a lower bearing surface on a bearing assembly. An upper cymbal assembly is separable from the bearing assembly, and includes a first catch for cooperation with a first lever. In one embodiment, the coiled spring forces the bearing assembly and upper cymbal assembly tightly against the lower cymbal to create a distinct sound when struck by a drumstick. In another embodiment, the bearing assembly includes a second catch for cooperation with a second lever. The first lever enables the upper cymbal to fall on the lower cymbal for another type of sound. The second lever enables the spring to bias the upper cymbal tightly against the lower cymbal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Harold A. Martin
  • Publication number: 20140260897
    Abstract: A supporting structure for an electronic pad of a percussion instrument includes a pad member, a pair of a first engaging part and a second engaging part, and a connecting part which connects a first object (e.g. a leg fixed to a stand) and a second object (e.g. the second engaging part) in a rotatable manner about the rotation center. The connecting part includes a rotation-regulating unit which regulates the rotational displacement of the second object within the regulation range irrespective of a rotational torque less than a predetermined value which is applied to the second object disposed at the initial position relative to the first object. Due to a rotational torque above the predetermined value, the rotation-regulating unit shifts the regulation range so as to shift the initial position, and therefore the second object will be restored to the new initial position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinya MIYASHITA
  • Patent number: 8835735
    Abstract: A foldable musical instrument pedal device having a positioning element hung at a base board. The positioning element is drooped when the base board stays in air, and a first stop portion is swung downwardly with a support frame and across a second stop portion from an external side of the base board to an internal side of the base board. When the base board is placed on a ground, each second stop portion is propped out from the base board to block the first stop portion in an upward swinging direction of the support frame, so as to fix the support frame to the fixed base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: E Bin Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsi-Tan Lin
  • Patent number: 8822798
    Abstract: A clutch assembly for a high-hat drum cymbal. A coiled spring is compressed between an upper bearing surface on an enclosure assembly and a lower bearing surface on a bearing assembly. An upper cymbal assembly is separable from the bearing assembly, and includes a first catch for cooperation with a first lever. In one embodiment, the coiled spring forces the bearing assembly and upper cymbal assembly tightly against the lower cymbal to create a distinct sound when struck by a drumstick. In another embodiment, the bearing assembly includes a second catch for cooperation with a second lever. The first lever enables the upper cymbal to fall on the lower cymbal for another type of sound. The second lever enables the spring to bias the upper cymbal tightly against the lower cymbal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Harold A. Martin
  • Patent number: 8785758
    Abstract: An electronic hi-hat cymbal controller is disclosed. The controller includes a hi-hat cymbal stand with a foot pedal configured and arranged to mechanically lift a control shaft. A lower cymbal is supported by the hi-hat cymbal stand. An upper cymbal is supported by the control shaft and oriented over the lower cymbal. And a position detector is configured and arranged to detect the position of the control shaft relative to the hi-hat cymbal stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: InMusic Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Jan Wissmuller
  • Patent number: 8754314
    Abstract: A remote activated percussion device with a pedal section having a foot pedal and a connection for a pulley element; a support section having an at least partially hollow shaft and a connection for a pulley element, the support section for supporting a pair of cymbals; a transfer section having a brace, a first pulley element and a second pulley element, the first pulley element having a connector for connecting to the connection for a pulley element on the pedal section and the first pulley element having a brace connector, the second pulley element having a connector for connecting to the connection for a pulley element on the transfer section and the second pulley element having a brace connector, and a cable engaging the pedal section, transfer section and support section for activating the pair of cymbals while providing a remote distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: William S. Bachman, III
  • Patent number: 8723014
    Abstract: A musical tone control device capable of generating a hi-hat sound intended by the performer operates such that, when striking surface position information corresponds to a first position, instructions are provided to stop generating a musical tone with a first timbre (or that satisfies another predetermined condition), when the striking surface position has reached a predetermined second position higher than the first position after instructions are provided to generate the musical tone. Since, the performer's intention is reflected in the transition state of the striking surface position, a musical tone according to the performer's intention can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Roland Corporation
    Inventor: Ryo Susami
  • Patent number: 8710342
    Abstract: A steplessly adjustable cymbal locating device includes a housing having a first receiving space and a notch; a rotating mechanism having a second receiving space and being clamped in the first receiving space with the housing vertically rotatable relative to the rotating mechanism; a rotating pole partially clamped in the second receiving space with the rotating mechanism horizontally rotatable relative thereto; a fixed pole fixedly assembled to one side of the housing; and an adjustable locking subassembly extended into the housing and the rotating mechanism for selectively pressing the housing, the rotating mechanism and the rotating pole against one another to an immovably state or loosening them from one another to allow stepless adjustment of the locating device in two axis directions. Thus, a cymbal mounted on either the rotating or the fixed pole can be adjusted to any horizontal orientation and vertical angle according to a user's need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: K.H.S. Musical Instrument Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yi Hsien Lin
  • Publication number: 20140096664
    Abstract: To provide a spring force adjustment structure in a high-hat stand that allows a user to easily adjust a spring force with one hand without reducing a floor space, easily understand the amounts of adjustments made, easily estimate the amount of adjustment to be made when making a fine-tuning afterward, and easily return the spring force to the state before the adjustment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: SAKAE RHYTHM MUSICAL INSTRUMENT LTD.
    Inventors: Eizo NAKATA, Shunsaku TSUJI, Manabu MORIOKA
  • Publication number: 20140096665
    Abstract: Provided is a cymbal holding structure and a cymbal stand that make it possible to easily perform operations of adjustment of cymbal fastening force and attachment/detachment of a cymbal with one hand without using any tools, reliably prevent the loosening of a fastener, allow a performer to concentrate on his/her performance without anxiety, cause no burden on a cymbal supporting rod and a screw portion of the fastener, have long product life cycles, and maintain smooth operability for a long period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: SAKAE RHYTHM MUSICAL INSTRUMENT LTD.
    Inventors: Eizo NAKATA, Shunsaku TSUJI, Manabu MORIOKA
  • Patent number: 8692098
    Abstract: A leg lever adjustment device for a hi-hat musical cymbals device to enable variable adjustment of spacing between an upper cymbal and lower cymbal without the need for hand or foot operation, includes: a) a base support having a connector mechanism for attachment to a hi-hat cymbals device vertical tube; b) a spring-biased cymbal arm rotatably attached to the base support, moveably positioned above the base support; c) a spring so as to bias the cymbal arm upwardly; d) a leg lever connected to the cymbal arm. A user may attach the leg lever adjustment device to a hi-hat such that in the leg lever rest position, the cymbal arm pushes the lower cymbal toward the upper cymbal, and by pressing the leg lever with a leg, pushes the lower cymbal down and away from the upper cymbal to alter impact sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher S. Reinhard
  • Patent number: 8642869
    Abstract: The invention provides a sound reduction enclosure for hi-hat cymbal assemblies, enclosure which can be fastened directly to the hi-hat stand to greatly reduce sound leakage and offer more precise control of sound emissions during recording sessions and live performances. The enclosure is made up of two (2) primary elements: 1—the main, funnel-shaped body that attaches to the hi-hat stand and surrounds the cymbal assembly, containing and allowing control of the sound; 2—the different lids that provide yet greater sound reduction and control. With or without its lid, the invention allows the user to both: 1—activate the hi-hat cymbals using the pedal; 2—strike the hi-hat cymbals using the drumsticks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Luc Prefontaine
  • Patent number: 8604325
    Abstract: A hi-hat bottom supports a bottom cymbal, through which a rod is passed, from below in a state fixed to the upper end of an upper pipe via a retainer. The hi-hat bottom has the retainer, a receiving plate, a compression coil spring, and a lock nut. When a foot plate is depressed, the compression coil spring urges a top cymbal and a bottom cymbal in such a direction that the cymbals contact each other. When the foot plate is not depressed, the bottom cymbal is inclined, together with the receiving plate, at a predetermined inclination angle with respect to a horizontal plane by the urging force of the compression coil spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Hosino Gakki Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Naoki Sato
  • Publication number: 20130291706
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods and systems for a musical percussion instrument foot pedal that uses a pair of high gauss rated magnets, one under the foot pedal and one on the base below the foot pedal the magnets aligned for magnetic repulsion. The magnetic repulsion between the magnets return the pedal to its original position after having been depressed. An inclined magnet support on the base may allow stacking magnets, raising and lowering the height of the base magnet, or sliding the base magnet into greater and lesser alignment with the pedal magnet. The present invention also contains a pair of side plate assemblies that contain magnets on opposing ends and are aligned for magnetic repulsion in for aiding cam movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Michael VAN DYK
  • Publication number: 20130255471
    Abstract: The invention provides a sound reduction enclosure for hi-hat cymbal assemblies, enclosure which can be fastened directly to the hi-hat stand to greatly reduce sound leakage and offer more precise control of sound emissions during recording sessions and live performances. The enclosure is made up of two (2) primary elements: 1—the main, funnel-shaped body that attaches to the hi-hat stand and surrounds the cymbal assembly, containing and allowing control of the sound; 2—the different lids that provide yet greater sound reduction and control. With or without its lid, the invention allows the user to both: 1—activate the hi-hat cymbals using the pedal; 2—strike the hi-hat cymbals using the drumsticks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Luc Prefontaine
  • Publication number: 20130174712
    Abstract: A quick-release cymbal felt locating device includes a base internally defining a cavity having a front opening, and provided with a first insert hole vertically extended through the cavity and a second insert hole horizontally extended through the cavity; a movable clamping element extending into the cavity via the front opening thereof, and provided with a first communicating hole corresponding to the first insert hole and a second communicating hole corresponding to the second insert hole; and a safety pin transversely extended through the second insert hole and the second communicating hole for restricting or allowing displacement of the movable clamping element relative to the safety pin and the cavity. The first communicating hole and the first insert hole together form a clamping mechanism, with which a user can quickly assemble or disassemble the quick-release cymbal felt locating device to or from a cymbal pole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: K.H.S. MUSICAL INSTRUMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yi Hsien LIN
  • Publication number: 20130174711
    Abstract: A steplessly adjustable cymbal locating device includes a housing having a first receiving space and a notch; a rotating mechanism having a second receiving space and being clamped in the first receiving space with the housing vertically rotatable relative to the rotating mechanism; a rotating pole partially clamped in the second receiving space with the rotating mechanism horizontally rotatable relative thereto; a fixed pole fixedly assembled to one side of the housing; and an adjustable locking subassembly extended into the housing and the rotating mechanism for selectively pressing the housing, the rotating mechanism and the rotating pole against one another to an immovably state or loosening them from one another to allow stepless adjustment of the locating device in two axis directions. Thus, a cymbal mounted on either the rotating or the fixed pole can be adjusted to any horizontal orientation and vertical angle according to a user's need.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Publication date: July 11, 2013
    Applicant: K.H.S. MUSICAL INSTRUMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yi Hsien LIN
  • Patent number: 8481835
    Abstract: A foot pedal folding structure to allow a foot pedal swiveling against a stand of a musical instrument for folding includes a pedal rack, a rack sleeve and a swivel shaft. The swivel shaft includes a circular pin, a first non-circular pin and a second non-circular pin. The pedal rack has a first boss and a second boss which respectively include a first holding aperture and a second holding aperture. The rack sleeve has a rotary boss located between the first boss and second boss. The rotary boss has a rotary hole. The swivel shaft has a latch position in which the second non-circular pin straddles the second holding aperture and rotary hole, and a swivel position in which the swivel shaft fully passes through the rotary hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Tsun-Chi Liao
  • Patent number: 8476515
    Abstract: A high hat cymbal has a magnetic clutch that engages the top cymbal and allows it to be controlled by a standard high hat foot pedal. When the drummer's foot is removed from the high hat foot pedal, the magnetic clutch strikes a mechanical arm, which causes the magnetic clutch to disengage without any action, required on the part of the drummer. The top cymbal can be re-engaged by the magnetic clutch so that the high hat foot pedal can now be operated again, simply by depressing the high hat foot pedal. A trip bar may be provided to provide for automatic disengagement of the clutch mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Billdidit Inc.
    Inventor: William Joseph Coady
  • Patent number: 8344235
    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 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. A control panel is used by the drummer to select the desired high-hat sounds of the secondary and tertiary circuits. Also, high-hat instruments are introduced that have removable foot pedals, or no foot pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Mark David Steele
  • Publication number: 20120318119
    Abstract: The degree of wash occurring in a hi-hat cymbal set with upper and lower cymbals is controlled by exerting a controllable resilient force on the upper cymbal to bear at least part of the weight thereof. The force can be exerted by a number of means, such as a resilient spring, felt spacers, and compressed air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: Billdidit Inc.
    Inventor: William Joseph Coady
  • Patent number: 8288639
    Abstract: An improved union group (1) for locking a music instrument (P) to a support element (A) having a pair of support organs (2, 3), suitable to be associated with the support element (A) and to support the music instrument (P), and a seal body (4), arranged above the support organs (2, 3), and connection means (5) which permanently bind the music instrument (P) to the support organs (2, 3). The connection means (5) include a bayonet joint part of which is given by a shaped portion (6) connected with the seal body (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Alessandro Carraro
  • Publication number: 20120255423
    Abstract: Drum kits and drum kit components disclosed herein enable a hi-hat to be disposed over a bass drum foot pedal, such that no cross body motion is required to strike the hi-hat with a right hand drum stick, providing a more ergonomically correct playing experience. In one embodiment, a hi-hat support structure is large enough to accommodate a bass drum pedal being partially inserted into the hi-hat support structure. In another embodiment, a bracket enables a hi-hat support to be mechanically coupled to the bass drum pedal support structure. In yet another embodiment, the bass drum pedal support structure itself provides support for the bass drum pedal and striker, and the hi-hat support column.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: GEOFF SADDLER
  • Publication number: 20120210843
    Abstract: A hi-hat bottom supports a bottom cymbal, through which a rod is passed, from below in a state fixed to the upper end of an upper pipe via a retainer. The hi-hat bottom has the retainer, a receiving plate, a compression coil spring, and a lock nut. When a foot plate is depressed, the compression coil spring urges a top cymbal and a bottom cymbal in such a direction that the cymbals contact each other. When the foot plate is not depressed, the bottom cymbal is inclined, together with the receiving plate, at a predetermined inclination angle with respect to a horizontal plane by the urging force of the compression coil spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: HOSHINO GAKKI CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Naoki SATO
  • Publication number: 20120180617
    Abstract: A drum pedal configured for cable-driven power transmission may include a base, a foot board, a shaft coupled to the base, a cam coupled to the shaft, and an opening extending generally horizontally from said base; the cam coupling to a cable and the cable extending through the opening, such that the cable departs in a generally horizontal direction from the pedal. The cam, which may be rotatably coupled to the shaft, may include an eccentric portion, and a groove may be disposed on the eccentric portion and configured to receive the cable. Additionally, a hi hat drum assembly may include a pedal, a hi hat stand, at least one cymbal, and a cable operatively connected to the pedal and the cymbal. The cable may depart from the pedal in a generally horizontal direction, and the pedal may not be connected to the hi hat stand. Instead, it may be separated from the stand and located anywhere the user desires, provided there is a path for the cable to travel between the pedal and the stand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: TRICK PERCUSSION PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Dorfman, George Szwaya
  • Patent number: 8198522
    Abstract: A musical operator can apply force to the hi-hat musical device to actuate the upper cymbal away from the lower cymbal creating a desired sound, by applying a motion reversal means. The device comprises a foot pedal, motion reversal means and hi-hat stand, which said stand is further comprised of a support tube, operation rod, upper cymbal and lower cymbal, and support structure means. Each cymbal is opposingly disposed against each other in a closed non-actuated position, horizontally along the operation rod. The motion reversal means translates a downward pedal motion into an opposing upward cymbal motion, placing the upper and lower cymbals, in the open actuated position, allowing the drummer to produce an open cymbal sound when striking the cymbals, and to produce a closed cymbal sound when releasing the foot pedal, returning said cymbals to the closed non-actuated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Inventor: Christopher Allen Michael
  • Publication number: 20120097010
    Abstract: A musical operator can apply force to the hi-hat musical device to actuate the upper cymbal away from the lower cymbal creating a desired sound, by applying a motion reversal means. The device comprises a foot pedal, motion reversal means and hi-hat stand, which said stand is further comprised of a support tube, operation rod, upper cymbal and lower cymbal, and support structure means. Each cymbal is opposingly disposed against each other in a closed non-actuated position, horizontally along the operation rod. The motion reversal means translates a downward pedal motion into an opposing upward cymbal motion, placing the upper and lower cymbals, in the open actuated position, allowing the drummer to produce an open cymbal sound when striking the cymbals, and to produce a closed cymbal sound when releasing the foot pedal, returning said cymbals to the closed non-actuated position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventor: Christopher Joel Michael
  • Publication number: 20110265633
    Abstract: A high hat cymbal has a magnetic clutch that engages the top cymbal and allows it to be controlled by a standard high hat foot pedal. When the drummer's foot is removed from the high hat foot pedal, the magnetic clutch strikes a mechanical arm, which causes the magnetic clutch to disengage without any action, required on the part of the drummer. The top cymbal can be re-engaged by the magnetic clutch so that the high hat foot pedal can now be operated again, simply by depressing the high hat foot pedal. A trip bar may be provided to provide for automatic disengagement of the clutch mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Applicant: BILLDIDIT INC.
    Inventor: William Joseph Coady
  • Patent number: 8001644
    Abstract: A cymbal polishing device has a base, a motor mounted on the base, and a shaft having a proximal end and a distal end. The distal end of the shaft is operably mounted to the motor so that the shaft can be rotated by the motor. A cymbal locking element at the proximal end of the shaft is adapted to removably lock a cymbal to the proximal end of the shaft so that the cymbal rotates with the shaft and the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: Albert S. Martinez
  • Publication number: 20110167985
    Abstract: The present invention provides a multiple, in particular two-fold, releasable clutch (5), which can be closed via an intermediate position without a drummer having to use a foot. The clutch (5) is connected with at least an upper cymbal and further is formed with at least a first lever (1) and a second lever (2). A releasing of the first lever (1) causes a falling of the clutch (5) into an intermediate position, in which the upper cymbal (9) and a lower cymbal (10) are arranged in a half-closed position. By actuating the second lever (2), the clutch (5) can be arranged in an end position, wherein in the end position the upper cymbal (9) and the lower cymbal (10) are in a closed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Inventors: Steve Holland, Winfried Holl
  • 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