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    What do they sound like and does anyone have a small clip of what they sound like?.
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    Octobans might sound different depending on what material they're made of. For instance, Pearl's octobans ("Quarter toms") are made of aluminum and Odery octobans are made of pine woods. Listen to this clip, it's an Odery octoban together with an Odery gong bass drum:

    http://www.odery.com.br/mp3/octoban.mp3

    Octobans get their pitch from the length of the drum. The sound sort of resembles a conga played with a stick.

    To get more ideas of what octobans are all about, listen to solos from Mike Portnoy and Simon Phillips. They use octobans a lot!

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    Great... now I want a set of Octobans :P

    Thanks for the clip, Premier Artist. Good stuff. For some reason, I was under the impression that Octobans had a deeper pitch because of their length, but I guess not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bytor
    I was under the impression that Octobans had a deeper pitch because of their length, but I guess not.
    Well, the longer the octoban, the deeper the pitch. All heads in a set of octobans should be about equally tightened, it's the length that's supposed to create the pitch.

    I'd guess that the octoban on the recording is about 10-12" length, it's a pretty high pitch. The true octoban muscles shows at appx 18" length, where the sound really punches through!

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    amazing i defo wnt a set now,i found this site where it showed you how to build them out of plastic tubing,do u think they would sound any good?
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    WooHoo! Go Finchey! Going all Mike Portnoy on us! Thats no bad thing my friend, the man kicks.....
    Any ways, I though all Octobans were made of plastic, and they seem to sound pretty cool. Or am I thinking of Rototoms? Dammit...I'm confusing myself.....Ignore me Finchey, I've been drinking...

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    Rototoms are meant to emulate octobans, right?

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    arnt roto toms made of metal?heres the link to the site i found.


    http://www.robotics.com/tubetoms.html

    i just like the sound and look of octobans and i havmnt seen anone from the uk use them so ill be the first probably hehe
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    Rototoms are indeed metal. Octobans are often plastic (acrylic), but not always. Octobans can be made of PVC pipe really nicely (and easily), but you have to make sure you're getting the right diameter. As I understand it, 6" O.D. PVC is not easy to find. Don't get 6" I.D. because the heads and rims won't fit over them. Some octobans have composite resin shells, and I think some even have aluminum shells. Also, they can probably be found with wood shells, as well. I think acrylic is probably the most common, though.

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    yep kool well ill be going to start building my octobans.give me about a year hehe
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