Single zone Electronic Cymbals

Tried to keep the cymbal cheap and simple by using wood like the rest of the drum kit.

Wood for cymbal

Cut 11″ diameter circle from 1/8″ thick wood. I chose 11″ because that was the size of the neoprene pads that I have.

Wood cymbals

Used another piece of wood. Drilled holes for the 1/4″ jack and rubber bushing that will go in the middle.


I used rubber bushing for the center hole of the wood cymbal.

rubber bushing

I Painted the wood black and attached the center support. Added the rubber bushing in the center and fuel line hose around the edge.

1/4" jack

Installed the 1/4″ jack and used 3-M double sided tape to attach the piezo sill in the plastic case.

Update: The cymbal will be more sensitive if you screw down the piezo.

Added a cover with a rectangle hole. Trimmed second rubber bushing to fit in the rectangular hole.

wood cymbal

Keeps the cymbal from spinning.

wood cymbal

Added the the neoprene to the strike area.

wood cymbal

I have been using the kit for a few days now and I’m not sure if I like the feel of the neoprene on the cymbal. I may change this later when I find the right rubber that feels the best.

There are links in the tutorial to where you can find most of the parts I used in this project. Here are some of the parts and tools I used on all the different projects. Parts List   Tools