A French startup Obilab introduced a new cardboard drum kit that collapses down to be carried like a backpack. After a 150 kits was sold out pretty quickly, the team decided to produce an improved version of DrumKits based on feedback from the original buyers. The DrumKit project, is currently the subject of the crowdfunding campaign.
It is made up of six main components, each one topped with fiberglass for bashing with (non-cardboard) sticks:
- the cardboard backpack that doubles as a drum stool and cajon,
- a kick drum and pedal (the top of the bass drum can be used as a floor tom),
- a snare,
- a closed hi-hat or shaker,
- a dedicated tom with higher sounds in the center and lower at the edge.
- and a pair of bamboo sticks.
The whole shebang tips the scales at 2 kg and is water resistant, but not waterproof. It takes around 2 minutes to put everything together and start playing.
As to how long thumpers can expect the cardboard kit to last, its creators say that a kit survived over 600 people beating the hell out of it at a New York Maker Faire demo, but “if you treat it as an instrument, it will last as long as an instrument, but if you treat it as a toy, it will last as long as a toy.” If a component does fail, the company plans to start selling individual elements next year.
There’s also a smaller version designed for children called DrumKid, which has smaller structural parts and no floor tom. Pledges for the adult-sized DrumKit start at €99, while the child-friendly DrumKid starts at €79. If all goes to plan, shipping is estimated to start in October of 2016.