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This is the Device that The Ghost Inside’s Drummer Will Perform with Instead of a Prosthetic Leg

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The Ghost Inside drummer Andrew Tkaczyk has been living with a prosthetic leg for over two years, having lost the lower portion of his right one in the band’s horrific 2015 bus accident. And while Tkaczyk seems to be getting on OK with his prosthesis and has made huge strides towards getting back behind the kit, playing with the prosthetic limb has proven more challenging than expected.

In a post yesterday to the band’s Instagram, the drummer revealed a special, new device that will allow him to play the drums without his prosthesis, improving or eliminating a number of problems he’d been facing. Tkaczyk’s own father designed and built the contraption. Andrew explains:

“This is something I’ve been excited to share for a very long time. My Dad is quite the handy-man, and came up with this great idea. Playing drums with a prosthetic leg just wasn’t working out. The timing was way too off. There was a latency. It was awkward and clunky. My Dad had a vision of designing me a device where I didn’t need to attach my prosthesis at all. This way there is no weight my limb has to lift which eliminates fatigue, and gives me a FAR better action when striking the pedal. With that said, I still have a long way to go before I get it 100% down, but it’s absolutely the right direction to go in terms of playing as close to my full potential as possible! My Mom coined the name for this device so we’ve been calling it “The Hammer” 🔨 Going to stream live here on Instagram within the next hour so come hang out!”

I’m not sure whether that live stream came to be or not — if it did, it’s since been removed — but regardless, it’s incredibly encouraging that Tkaczyk is now confident enough in his abilities behind the kit to share them with the world.

Tkaczyk, working under the moniker One Decade, released an instrumental EP earlier this year called Coma Visions; check that out right here.

The Ghost Inside recently got together to jam, and while by all accounts it seems as if their return to the live stage is still a ways off, any progress is good.

This is something I’ve been excited to share for a very long time. My Dad is quite the handy-man, and came up with this great idea. Playing drums with a prosthetic leg just wasn’t working out. The timing was way too off. There was a latency. It was awkward and clunky. My Dad had a vision of designing me a device where I didn’t need to attach my prosthesis at all. This way there is no weight my limb has to lift which eliminates fatigue, and gives me a FAR better action when striking the pedal. With that said, I still have a long way to go before I get it 100% down, but it’s absolutely the right direction to go in terms of playing as close to my full potential as possible! My Mom coined the name for this device so we’ve been calling it “The Hammer” 🔨 Going to stream live here on Instagram within the next hour so come hang out!

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