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Publication numberUS3774823 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 27, 1973
Filing dateDec 2, 1971
Priority dateDec 2, 1971
Publication numberUS 3774823 A, US 3774823A, US-A-3774823, US3774823 A, US3774823A
InventorsJ Hoellerich
Original AssigneeSlingerland Drum Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Multiple drum carrier
US 3774823 A
Abstract
A carrier for carrying a plurality of musical drums on the person of a drummer. The carrier includes means for adjustably mounting the drums on a support member resting against the front of the person for improved positioning of the drums for play by the drummer. The carrier is arranged to dispose the drums with the upper beating head substantially in a common plane with a preselected spacing therebetween while permitting the drums to have different diameters and axial lengths.
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. n istates l tatent [19] 1 Nov; 27,1973

' Hoellerich MULTIPLE DRUM CARRIER 7 3,021,744 2 1962 Kester. 84/421 75 Inventor: John L. Hoellerich, Wilmette, Ill. I Y w PrimaryExaminer-GeraldM. Forlenza [73] Ass1gnee: Slmgerland Drum Co., Chicago, Ill. Assistant Examiner jerold Forsberg 22 Filed; 2 1971 Att0rney1-lofgren Wegner, Allen 21 A 1. No.: 204 122 1 pp 57 ABSTRACT 2 U CL 2245s 84/421. 224/25 A carrier for carrying a plurality of musical drums on [51] i p l 7 hlogsloo the person of a drummer. The carrierincludes means [58] Fieid 5 v R for 'adjustably mounting the drums on a support mem- 224/5 A 5 B 5 5 N ber resting against the front of the person for im- 26 5 5 F 4 proved positioning ofthe drums for play by thedrummer. Thecarrier is arranged to dispose theldrums with 5 Refernces'cit'ed the upper beating head substantially in a common v 1 plane with a preselected spacing therebetween while UNITED STATES PA I permitting the' drums to have different diameters and 1,703,450 2/1929 Jakku 224/5 i l h r 1,810,519 6/1931 Gerhart 224/5 v 5 3,106,123 v 10/1963 Johann'sen 14 Claims, 6 Drawing Figures MULTIPLE DRUM CARRIER BACKGROUNDOF'THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention v This invention relates to musical instrument accessories and in particularto carriers for carrying musical drums on the person ofa drummer. I

2 Descriptionof the Prior Art V A number of different carriers have been developed for carrying two or more drums on the person of a drummer whereby the drums maybe played while the drummer is marching, etc. The known constructions FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the carrier socket Y means as mounted on a'portion of a drum;

have the disadvantage .of relative complexity and high cost and do not provide optimum efficiency in the mounting and dismounting of the drums. Further, the known constructions do not provide desirable adjustability in the arrangement ofthe drums and desirable disposition of the beating heads. Y

SUMMARY 'OF THE INVENTION J FIG. 5 is a fragmentary vertical section of a pair of lower end thereof; and

drums and an interconnecting element disposed at the FIG. 6.is a fragmentary vertical section taken, substantially along the line 6-6 of FIG. 3 of a pair of drums and an interconnecting element disposed at the upper end thereof.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT In the exemplary embodiment of the invention as disclosed in the drawing, a drum carrier generally designated 10 is shown for use in carrying a plurality of drums 11, 12 and 13 on' the person of a drummer to be The present invention comprehends .an improved carrier for carrying a-plurality of musical drums onthe person of a'drummereliminating thedisadvantages of the known constructions in anovelandsimple manner.

More specifically, the present inventio n'comprehe nds the provision of multipledrum carrier including a-support member, means for mounting the-support member played such as with'conventional beaters 14.

g The carrier includes a curved baseplate 15 provided a on its rear surface with a suitable resilient pad to bear against the front of the drummer. Suitable clips 17 may be provided at the opposite endsof the plate 15 for at'-'. tachment thereto of sling means 18. A neck sling 19. may be connected at its lower'end to a portion of the carrier as will be brought'out more fully hereinafter, to complete themounting of the assembly on the person for facilitatedplaying of the drums. The drums are coni nected-to baseplate 15 by means of a plurality of arm to the drummers body to bear rearwar'dly against the front of thedrummer, aplui-ality of arm. members,

pivot means pivotally mounting one'end of each arm member to the support member for swinging forwardly of the support member-about spaced vertical axes, andsecuring means on the distal-end'of eacharm member for releasably securing a musical drum thereto, whereby a plurality of the drums maybe carriedby the drummer'in laterally adjusted'side-by-side, axially vertical relationship foriplay by the drummer.

of the arms and cooperating devices carried on the drums. More specifically, the. adjustable mounting'devices may comprise insert and socket elements arranged to permit'the mountingof the drum on the carrier by a simple fitted receptionof the cooperating elements one to the other; In the illustrated embodiment,

'the mounting devices comprise wedge shaped clips carried on the distal ends of thearms and corresponding socket elements carried on the drumshell.

Means may be-provided interconnecting the counter hoops of the drums in side-by-side relationship to stabilize the mounting and to provide a preselectedsp'aced relationship between the'drums. The mounting devices may be arranged to dispose the beating heads of the drums in a common horizontal plane in, front of the drummer notwithstanding a difierencein the different drums.

v BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING the length of I The securing means may compriseportions of adjustable drum mounting devices carriedon the distal ends members 20, 21, and 22 which'are pivotally connected to thebaseplate by' means of a corresponding'plurality of pivot elements 23, 24 and 25, as best seen in FIG. 2'. Each pivot element comprises a similar U-shaped' bracket having a bight portion 26 secured to the plate 1-5 as by rivets '27, and forwardlyprojecting legs 28.

Bracket 23 is connected to the plate 15 at one end thereof and bracket 25isconnected to plate 15 at'the opposite end thereof. Bracket 24 is connected to the plate at the mid-portion thereof, as shown in FIG. 2}. Armmembers 20,21 and 22 comprise U-shapedbrackets. Arm members 20 and 22 are similar in defining U brackets having relatively short legs 29 and bight portions 30. The arm member 21 comprises a U-bracket generally similarto U-brackets 20 and 22, but having relatively long legs 31. joined by a'bight portion 32. The

respective legs 29 and 31 are pivotally connected totheout-turned legs 28 of the plate mounted'brackets 23, 24 I and 25 by suitable rivet-type pivots 33, permitting the j U-brackets 20', 21 and22 to swing about vertical axes forwardly of the plate 15.

The drums are secured to the bight portions 30 and v 32 of the respective arm members 20, 21 and22 bysecuring means generally designated 34. Herein the securing meanscomprise insert and socket means adapted to permit facilitated installation of the drums on the U-brac'ket' arm members while yet securely retaining the drumsin place thereon for playby the drummer. Thus, in the illustrated embodiment, the securing means comprise upwardly narrowing wedge clips 35 and correspondingly downwardlynarrbwing wedge sockets 36. Clips 35 may be secured to bight portions 30 and 32 of the respectivearms by suitable means, such as screws 37, and sockets 36 may be secured to the drum shell 38 by suitable means, such as screws 39. Itshould be understood that a reverse ar rangement would functionsimilarly, namely, the provision of the socket elements 36 to narrow downwardly on arm bight portions 30 and32 and the clip elements 35 on the drum shell 38 to narrow downwardly. A pair of the arm, maximum stability in the mounting of the.

drum assembly on thepersons body is obtained.

The securing means 34 may, be so located on the bracket arm members and the drum so as to cause the drum heads 41 of the respective drums to lie in a single common horizontal plane, as shown in FIG. 1, notwithstanding a differencein the axial lengths of the respective drums 11', 12 and 13. Similarly, the mounting brackets 20, 21 and 22 may be swung suitably to position the respective drums in spaced association, as shown in FIG; 3,'with the center d'rum- 12 extending substantially directly forwardly of the drummer. Thus,

where the lefthand drum 13 is of larger "diameter than i the righthand drurn 11, the bracket 22 is swung angu- 'larly slightly further away from the foreand-aft centerline so as to space the somewhat larger diameter drum equidistant from the drum 12 as the spacing'of the smaller drum 1 l therefrom. The drums may be secured in the adjusted spaced relationship by suitable interconnecting devices generally designated 42, as shown in FIG. 6. Each interconnecting device may comprise an outer U-member 43-having downturned legs 44 and an inner U-member 45 having downturned legs 46 cle-v fining therebetween adjustment spaces 47. Bearing plates 48 are suitably carried on the bight portion of the outer U-member. 43 and thumbscrews 49 are threaded into the downturned legs 44 of outer U-member 43 to bear against plates'48 andurge the plates'against the inner surface 50 of the drum counter hoop with the downturned leg. 46 of the inner U-bracket 45 abutting the outer surface'51 of the counter hoop thereby to clamp the counter hoop between. the plate 48 and the bracket leg 46. Each of the counter hoops of the adjacent drum portions is so clamped and, thus, the drums are so secured in the desired. spaced relationship as shown in FIG. 3, the spacing between the drums being fixed by the length of the small U-member 45.

As indicated above, the drums 11, 12 and 13. may have different axial extents and, thus, the lower ends of the drums may be at different levels while the upper ends 41 are disposed in the desired common plane. To interconnect the drums at the lower ends while accommodating the differences in levels thereof, a modified form of interconnecting device generally designated 42av is provided, as shown in FIG. 5. Device 42a includes a strip 52 having angularly turned'parallel ends53 and 54. End 53 carries an upturned U-bracket 55 and end 54 carries an upturned U-bracket .56. A thumbscrew 57 is threaded through the outer leg58 of the upper U-bracket'55 to bear against the inner surface 50 of the counter hoop with the inner leg 59 of the bracket bearing against the outer surface 51 of the counter hoop whereby the screw 57 locks the upper end of the bracket to the counter hoop. The lower bracket 56 similarly has an outer leg 60 through which is threaded a thumbscrew 61 to bear against the inner surface 50 of the counter hoop and urge the counter hoop outer surface 51 against an inner leg 62 of the bracket thereby to secure the lower end of the device 42a to the second counter hoop and thereby interconnect thelower ends of the" drums rigidly inthe desired spaced relationshiplnthis regard, the spacing between inner legs 55 and 62 of the-respective U-brackets is made to be equal to the spacing between the outer surfaces of the downturned legs of bracket 45 of device 42 so that the drums will be mounted in axially parallel relationship on the carrier by stabilizing of the devices 42 and 42a. 3 i

Where the drums have equal axial heights, a straight interconnecting device may be employed at'the lower end as well as at the upper end of the drum.

By virtue of the different lengths of the arm members 20, 21 and 22, the drum mounting is prevented from swinging freely about the axes of pivots 33 thereby fur ther stabilizing the mounting of 'the drums on the carrier.

' The carrier may be formed of a'relatively strong rigid material, such as aluminum, to providedesired rigidity while yet effectively minimizing the overall weight of the carrier for facilitated carrying of the drum assembly by the drummer. The structure of the drum carrier 10 is extremelysimple and economical 'of. construction while yet providing the facilitated mounting and carrying of the desired plurality of drums as desired.

If desired, the carrier may be used to carry'a single drum by merely mounting the single drum on the middle securing means 34. Further alternatively, the carrier maybe used as a two-drum carrier by mounting the two drums on the side securing means 34 and swinging the arm membersthereof toward each other to juxtapose the two drums at the centerline of the carrier with the two drumsbeing secured in the desired spacedrelationship by the suitableinterconnecting devices. I

The foregoing disclosure of specific embodiments is illustrative of the broad inventive concepts comprehendedby the invention.

I claim:

I 1. A carrier for carrying a plurality of musical drums on the person of adrummer, comprising: a support member; means for. mounting the support member to the drummers body to bear rearwardly against the t 1 front of the drummer; a plurality of arm members; pivot means pivotally mounting one endof each arm member to-said support member for swinging forwardly of the support member about spaced vertical axes; se-

' curing means on the distal end of each arm memberfor releasably securing a musical drum thereto to extend outwardly therefrom, whereby a plurality of said drums may be carried by the drummer'in laterally adjusted side-by-side, axially vertical relationship for play by the" drummer; and means for interconnecting the drums in:

said adjusted side-by-side relationship with each drum carried by a single arm member.

2. The drum carrier of claim 1 wherein said pivot means comprise brackets each havinga rear portion fixedly secured-to said support member, andan arm portion projecting forwardly therefrom, and said arm member one ends are pivotally secured to the arm portion of said brackets. v

3. The drum carrier of claim 1 wherein said pivot means comprise U-brackets each having a rear bight portion fixedly secured to'said support member, and

' arm portions projecting forwardly therefrom, and said portions of said U-brackets.

arm member one ends are pivotally secured to the arm 4. The drum carrier of clainil wherein saidarm s posed bight portions and rearwardly extending arm portions, the rearwardend of said arm portions comprising said one end of the arm members pivotally mounted to said support member, and said securing means being provided on said bight portion.

5. The drum carrier of claim 1 wherein said securing means comprisesa wedge element on one of said arm members or the drum to be mounted thereon, and a complementary socket element on the-other vof said arm members or the drum removably-receiving the wedge element therein. v

6. The drum carrier of claim 1 wherein said securing means comprises an upwardly narrowing wedge element on said arm member, and a comlementary socket element on the drum 'removably receiving the wedge v element therein.

7. The drumcarrier of claim- 1 wherein said securing 7 means comprises a pair of vertically spaced wedge elements an one of said arm members and drum structure,

and a pair of correspondingly vertically spaced socket elements on the other. of said arm members anddrum structures removably receiving the wedge element therein. v

8. The drum carrier of claim lwherein said plurality of armmembers includes one relatively short arm member and one relativelylong arm member.

9. The drum carrier of claim 1 wherein said plurality of arm members includes a pair of relatively short arm members and one relatively long arm member.

10. The drum carrier of claim 1 wherein said plurality.

of arm members includes a pair of relatively short arm I outwardly therefrom, whereby a plurality of said drums horizontal plane irrespective of the axial heights of the v members at opposite ends of said support member and one relatively long arm member at the center of said may be carried by the drummer in laterally adjusted side-by-side, axially vertical relationship for play by the drummer; and means for laterally interconnecting the drums in said adjusted side-by-side relationship with each drum carried by a single arm member.

12. The drum carrier of claim 1 whereinsaid mounting devices comprise means for disposing the upper beatingv heads of the drums substantially'in acommon respective-drums. v v

13. The drum carrier of claim 1 wherein saidmeans for mounting the support member to the drummers body includes'a connector carried on a forwardmost distal portion of one of said arm members and a neck strap removably connected thereto.

14. The drum carrier of claim 11 wherein said means for laterally interconnecting the drums comprises.

threaded clamp means adapted to clamp against the counter hoops of each of a pair of adjuacent drums and an interconnecting element extending therebetween.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification224/257, 224/910, 984/257, 224/907, 84/421
International ClassificationG10G5/00
Cooperative ClassificationY10S224/91, G10G5/005, Y10S224/907
European ClassificationG10G5/00B
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