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Boingy Boingy suspended drum kit gets drummers moving

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March 20, 2012

The Boingy Boingy is a spring-suspended drum kit, that allows drummers to give a more dyna...

The Boingy Boingy is a spring-suspended drum kit, that allows drummers to give a more dynamic performance (Photo: CBC/Dragon's Den)

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You gotta feel sorry for drummers in rock bands. While the guitarists and singers get to run all over the stage, they’re just stuck in the back, sitting on their stool. Well, Canadian inventor Charlie Rose set out to change that. The result is Boingy Boingy – a drum set suspended in mid-air by car springs, that lurches around like a mechanical bull as it’s being played ... as can be seen in the video at the end of the article, it’s definitely entertaining.

Rose builds log homes in Sechelt, British Columbia, although he also plays drums in a local band – this band is just the latest, in fact, in a long line of drumming gigs.

Back in 2000, he decided he wanted to make drumming more dynamic. After building two failed bouncing-drum-kit prototypes, he sought the help of a group of custom motorcycle builders in Alberta. Ten months of brainstorming later, the Boingy Boingy was created. According to Rose, it cost him “4,000 dollars in beer and pizza, and an El Camino.”

He proceeded to perform on it throughout Western Canada, along with a trip down to the Grand Canyon. This month, he appeared on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s program Dragon’s Den, where he tried to interest a panel of business tycoons in funding the commercial development of his creation. Much as they appeared to enjoy watching him play, none of them were interested in backing it.

Dragon's Den panelist Robert Herjavec, trying out the Boingy Boingy (Photo: CBC/Dragon's D...
Dragon's Den panelist Robert Herjavec, trying out the Boingy Boingy (Photo: CBC/Dragon's Den)

The base of the original Boingy Boingy consists of a steel frame with four corner posts. A saddle-equipped oil barrel is suspended horizontally between those posts by automotive suspension springs – two Camaro springs in front for sporty performance, and two Oldsmobile springs in the back for comfort. The drums and cymbals are mounted partially on the barrel and partially on the frame.

Charlie has also built a more organic-looking version known as the Parabola, that incorporates a pliable frame of steam-bent fir. He’ll build either version for interested parties, with prices starting at CAN$4,000. He can also be booked to perform on his own kits at events ... although for him, it’s not really about the money.

“I like the exercise aspect of the contraption” he told us. “It is an intense core workout, and adds a challenge to playing the drums ... It is fun and makes people happy.”

Source: Boingy Boingy

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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7 Comments

ROFL - I can see drummers getting motion sick on that thing! Then the name would change from boingy boingy to pukey pukey!

Serious note - it looks like a ton of fun! It's what you'd expect to get mixing motorcycle builders, drummers, beer, and pizza!

socalboomer
20th March, 2012 @ 04:47 pm PDT

Remarkable - and truly pointless...

Kingsfield58
20th March, 2012 @ 05:37 pm PDT

i would like to try that...

Jay Lloyd
21st March, 2012 @ 08:35 am PDT

Well, let me tell you one more aspect you didn´t notice....if you see the motion of the drummer's body you'll see he is actuallly working his abs and waist!!! It is quite similar to the effect when you ride a bike without hands on the steering bar... you have to balance yourself using your waist muscles.

Probably would start a "new generation of slim, six-packed drummers" unintentionally?

Charlie Channels
21st March, 2012 @ 08:45 am PDT

that's pretty funny. I'd love to see a drummer fall right off the side of that thing (but not from up in a truck...)

Dave Andrews
21st March, 2012 @ 09:43 am PDT

I totaly just imagined Animal from The Muppets on this thing.... i haven't stopped smiling for an hour.... AAAAARRRRRGGGG! BOINGA-BOINGA AAAAARRRRGGGGG!

BlacknYellow
21st March, 2012 @ 10:28 am PDT

Great!!

APlayerstudio Andes Sur
21st March, 2012 @ 11:25 am PDT
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