I have an unlimited budget & ive looked at many options & forums for ideas but ive decided to use sports rackets as drum frames as they tick all the boxes.
Rackets & strings come in many colours & have many advantages.
you can re- string ,adjust tension dampening etc etc using easily accesible fishing wire or sports strings..
I prefer the badminton rackets because of the stems but a power user may opt for tennis rackets...
The racket frames are strong , light & have a hollow shaft. The rims are pre drilled so they can be easily cut & shaped to suit.
The pre - strung rackets are very durable. responsive & quieter than rubber pads & most drumsticks wont get trapped in the grid..
you can restring them at a bias & add another material to segregate them , combine 2 or more rackets for extra strength , drum depth , zones, visuals etc etc.
I intend to cut, resize & restring the frames with coloured strings for visual effect ..
At least 2 rackets will be stringless ..The triggers will be mounted round the rim & played from within the frame like a steel drum...... That's as close to a mandala drum as i can get.