We are looking to build a drum cage that will be roughly 8'W 8'L 7'H.
We currently have a brand new 5 panel drum shield (each panel is 2'Wx5.5'H).
I am attempting to design a cage that will be a permanent fixture on the stage (as we are also adding some other items to the stage that require a permanent presence, i'd like to make them smooth with the appearance of the drums).
I have started working on a design that i think would work efficiently, but i'm not a professional in that regard, so i'm not certain. I am attempting to avoid a pre-made cage (due to the ~$3k starting pricetag).
Some basic requirements: 8x8x7', a door entrance, see-through (transparent) on 2 sides (it is on an angle to the audience).
My design (bear with me, as i attempt to describe it).
The framing will be done with 2x4s, and any walls/ceilings will be done with 1/4" plywood.
The FRONT and LEFT walls, will be 8x7 (8' long, 7' high). There would be a 1.5' wall on the bottom with 1" pyramid acoustic foam covering it on the inside (1" is the height). On top of the wall, will be 2'x5.5' plexiglass panels (5 of which will be from the current drum shield we have)--since each of these sides are 8' wide, there will be 4 panels.
The BACK wall will be framed, built with plywood and covered in 1" acoustic pyramid foam.
The RIGHT wall (entrance side) will have the same pattern as the front/left for half teh wall, and the other half will be a door, made with plywood covered in foam. The 1 foot between the door and the back wall will probably be covered in foam as well.
The CEILING will just be a framed/plywood/foam, just like the back wall.
I'll probably add ventilation on the left and right bottom side of the front wall, and maybe some more near the door.... ventilation isn't my focus at the moment... sound stuff is
Here's an image i made up real quick just for concept. It doesn't cover the corners, or the roof, but it gives the general layout purpose:https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0rDHXNEuiW0NzM4Z0pyalRoTEU/edit?usp=sharing
( have it on google drive, just for sharing purposes).
My high-end estimate for the cost to do this is about $1000. I'm just not certain if this would do the job, or if we would be better of buying a pre-designed set, and paying 3x as much... (i'd avoid the higher price tag, and build one ourselves if we could, but not want to waste money on something, only for it to not work.).
It may be good to mention, the drummers we have, are varied. Some have excellent control, while others are extremely loud 90% of the time...which is why we're looking for complete enclosure