Our shells are made from A grade veneers sourced from around the world.
We use the following woods for a basic shell construction.
- Sapele (mahogany)
- USA Cherry
In addition to the above veneers, others are available, including many exotics. Just ask!
We can blend any mix of plys you require for example Maple/Poplar/Maple or Mahogany core with Birch outer. There are many possibilities to craft your exact sound and look.
Taking individual sheets of veneers we book match and hot press into plywood in combinations of doubles and triples.
After cutting to size we mould the shells in a custom made cold mouldin a temperature-controlled room.
The process gives a solid shell our organic resonant sound.
Before we move onto the next process we leave the shells to cure for a minimum of 48 hours.
Each plywood sheet comes as vertical and horizontal; as we press every sheet in house these can be a single type of wood or a mixed blend.
Your Sound Your Creation
The average tom shell is 7ply (4.2mm) and a bass drum is 10ply (6mm). The benefit of the thinner shells allows a greater tuning range. Allowing a rich and consistent tone whether you have the drum tuned for a low Rock Kit or a High Jazz Kit.
For snare drums however we can add extra plies up to 30ply Shell (for snares only)
We can make shells in sizes 8” to 26” up to square sizes in toms and bass drums
20” up to 18”
22” up to 18”
24” up to 18”
26” up to 16”
Installation of Re Rings can be added to any shell. From 3 plys to 10plys in matching wood, contrasting wood or blended.
In a depth of 1” or 1.25” and 1.5” or 1.75” on Bass Drum Shells.
There are a few combinations of edges we use, each gives a differing sound
45/45 counter cut. This sharp edge gives lots of attack and more head sound
45/45 center cut. Similar to the counter cut but used mainly on thinner shells.
30/30 round over. Giving a softer sound less attack more sound of the shell.
45/30 semi round. This is as you can imagine sits in-between the 30 and 45 cuts
combinations of these edges can be used differing from top and bottom.
Maple: Even amount of highs and mids, slightly warm lows. All-purpose.
Birch: Boosted high frequencies, slightly reduced midrange, good low-end punch. Loud and cutting.
Mahogany: Muted highs, smooth midrange, warm/rich low end. Vibrant and resonant.
Walnut: Equal amount of highs, mids, and lows. Big and warm.
Oak: Soft highs, good amount of midrange, slightly warm lows. All-purpose with fairly quick decay.
Beech: Pronounced highs and mids, good low-end punch. Sensitive and focused.
Cherry: Boosted highs, punchy midrange, average low end. Bright and sensitive.
Poplar: Soft highs and mids, boosted low-end warmth. Smooth and eve.