I often stand back at a (close) distance, watching some of the larger trucks as they dump their loads of trash. When the trucks leave, I swoop in if I've seen anything that grabs my attention. This was one of the trucks that came in yesterday:
This has been my season of trashed musical instruments (I've pulled apart three old pianos for parts so far). Yesterday was "Bass Drum Day." It looked to be an old high school drum (that came in on this truck) that had seen much better days:
There were only a few parts that interested me...the long metal "screws" that held the drum together. I had to work fast to get them free from the drum...the Transfer Station's massive tractor was right behind me waiting to compress everything into an even larger pile:
These are some of the interesting kinds of hardware that you wouldn't be able to find just anywhere...probably only on a bass drum. I've already been "playing" with them a bit to find a way to work them into one of my assemblage pieces.