So I have embarked on a quest to find this instrument after I first heard of this band... and saw the crazy percussion instrument that Gareth plays in the song "Build Your Kingdom Here". Here is a link to the music video if you are unfamiliar Rend Collective Experiment - Build Your Kingdom Here OFFICIAL - YouTube. The crunch/stomp sound it ads compliments the bass drum so well and I knew it would fit in perfect with my band so I had to find one.
After some quick research, I found a whole lot of nothing. One thing I did find out on a Wiki page was that no two Jingling Johnny's are the same... they are tailored to the players prefrence and all custom made. So that put me in a great position. Finding nothing on Gareth Gilkeson's Johnny and nothing on and Jingling Johnny's period. As a follower of Rend Collective's Instagram, I did have one good picture to go off of: Photo by rendcollective • Instagram, so I set out to gather materials!
This post is for everyone like me who has looked and looked for a Jingling Johnny modeled after Gareth's from Rend Collective Experiment.
First, I searched for a wooden post to use... something that would be able to take a beating as well as something that wouldn't break the bank. I tried Home Depot, a local furniture store and then Home Depot again. It was on my second trip to Home Depot that I realized I could stick more than one piece of wood together...! I grabbed two table 28" table legs that looked like this:
I went home and realized that to connect the two, I would have to run up to Ace hardware up the road to get the correct metal insert to screw the two together- wood threads on both side, however oppositely wrapped. After that was solved, I put some gorrilla glue on the faces that would be coming together and screwed them together tightly, matching up the sides so it would look like one piece of wood. After this dried I was able to stain it as well as put some finish on it to seal it up and protect it. Not to mention, to cut down on the length a tad, I sawed off an end up above the handle, as you can see in the photo:
So after my pole problem was solved, next on my list was finding the correct pan to use to amplify my sound. At first, I thought I could get away with simple cake pans from walmart, but with no avail. I eventually found a nice pair on amazon that looked to be very similar to Gareth's Amazon.com: Norpro 9-Inch Stainless Steel pie Pan: Kitchen & Dining. After waiting a day or two for them to get here I finally was able to mount them up to my pole. I drilled two holes in the base of the one pan to bolt all the way through my pole, as well as 4 holes around the rim of both pans in order to bolt on to each other. Turns out those pans are very well built and after a bit of a struggle, they finally came together:
My Jingling Johnny was now ready for the addition of the spring, the component that would really bring this instrument to life. I searched high and low for a spring that matched up to the one I saw in the photograph. I found that when you get into springs of that size, theres kind of only two choices. With the 20" ruled out, I set my search to the 36" springs. Next was deciding what outside diameter (OD) and wire diameter I needed. From the picture, I could guess the spring looked to be around an inch thick, and I could also count about 6 or 7 coils per inch. With that information on hand, the closest spring I could find was a hefty spring from Reid Supply Co. for only about $12 1.250 OD, .148 Wire dia., 79.23 lbs./Inch, 36" Steel, Long Length - Individual Spring, Extension Spring (1 Each): Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific. With that on the way, I can only leave you with a couple more images until the spring comes in and I can add to this post. Hope this helps, stayed tuned!
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