Who needs a set of fully-tunable miniature drums? A guy who does most of his drumming with a bearded, bandana-wearing puppet.


Ricky Syers may not be a household name, but you might recognize the video of his puppet Chops expertly bashing his way through Rush’s “Tom Sawyer.” Back then Chops’ kit was repurposed aluminum cans, and frankly it sounded pretty terrible.

But if you’ve been keeping up on his Facebook page, Syers has been documenting the build process for these shrunken drums, and posted the finished set last week. The ten-piece kit has tunable heads and working pedals for the hi-hat and kick drum. Chops is missing in action, but there are great grooves and fills to spare.