Want to know more about what goes into our Snares, Bass Drums, and Toms? Or need a little bit more information on what to buy? Our guide below will help you understand the materials we use in the construction on our drums and what options are available.

snares

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Maple is the choice of most drummers. Our standard shell is a Keller Maple VSS series shell. However, Keller shells are now available in other types of wood, materials, and construction methods. We currently also offer solid wood shells as well. For additional information please feel free to contact us.

Diameters available for Maple Snares are: 8, 10, 12, 13, and 14 inches We can provide any available shell diameter in any depth you want.

Maple shells are available in 5, 6, 8, 10, 15, 20, and 30 ply. Snare shells with a maximum depth of 8″ are also available in 20, 30, 40, and 50 ply.

Thin shells have a “warm” sound and a slightly softer stick response. Thick shells have “brighter” attack, a little more volume, a slightly “harder” stick response.

Reinforcing rings are recommended in 5 and 6 ply snare shells. Reinforcing rings are optional in all Maple shells. Traditionally used in steam bent shells to hold the shell “in round”, Reinforcing rings are not necessary in Keller Maple shells for that reason. We recommend their use in 5 ply snare shells for the reason of shell stability and strength. Reinforcing Rings effect on sound is somewhat mysterious, controversial, and often misunderstood. Some believe they dampen resonance, “focus” the sound, and raise the shell’s pitch. Although all may be true when studied in a physics class, it is important to keep in mind that the human ear may not detect some of the subtle effects on sound. When used on thin maple shells for stability reasons, their effect on sound can hardly to viewed as negative. They provide the added strength that the thin shells need, while allowing the warmth of the thin shell sound.

The majority of the drums we build have “double 45″ bearing edges, which give maximum resonance, clarity, and “tuneability”. A round edge is sometimes requested when a more “vintage” sound is desired from a modern Maple shell. Single 45 and 30 degree edges are rarely asked for, but we are happy to accommodate.

A snare bed is a shallow, gradual relief cut in the bottom bearing edge of a snare drum, at the area where the snare wire straps cross the bearing edge to meet the throwoff and butt end. When tightened, the drum head will follow the snare bed contour, allowing the snare wires to make contact with the head in the center of the shell diameter.

Let us know where you like the snare throwoff to be positioned while you’re playing. This will allow us to orient the throwoff accordingly, and in conjunction with the location of the wrap (or natural finish wood) seam.

Air Vents 1/2″ in diameter are placed in the back of all drums, unless otherwise requested. If you desire large air holes, specify hole size, number of holes, and their locations. Note: large air holes increase volume and attack, while reducing the tone of the shell sound.

We will provide any drum head model from the following manufacturers: Evans, Remo

bass drums

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Maple is the choice of most drummers. Our standard shell is a Keller Maple VSS series shell. However, shells are now available in other types of wood, and construction methods.

Diameters available for Maple Bass Drums: 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, and 28 inch. We can provide any available shell diameter in any depth you want. However, each Bass drum diameter has a maximum “one piece construction” depth of 24″.

Maple shells are available in 5, 6, 8, and 10 ply.

Maple Shell thickness chart

Ply # Average Thickness
5 0.13″ ( 3.3 mm )
6 0.16″ ( 4.0 mm )
8 0.21″ ( 5.4 mm )
10 0.26″ ( 6.7 mm )

Some Bass drum shell sizes are not available in 5 and 6 ply.

Thin shells have a “warm” sound and a slightly softer beater response. Thick shells have “brighter” attack, a little more volume, a slightly “harder” beater response.

Reinforcing rings are recommended in 5 ply and 6 ply Bass drum shells. Reinforcing rings are optional in all Maple shells. Traditionally used in steam bent shells to hold the shell “in round”, Reinforcing rings are not necessary in Keller Maple shells for that reason. We recommend their use in 5 ply and 6 ply Bass drum shells for the reason of shell stability and strength. Reinforcing Rings effect on sound is somewhat mysterious, controversial, and often misunderstood. Some believe they dampen resonance, “focus” the sound, and raise the shell’s pitch. Although all may be true when studied in a physics class, it is important to keep in mind that the human ear may not detect some of the subtle effects on sound. When used on thin maple shells for stability reasons, their effect on sound can hardly to viewed as negative. They provide the added strength that the thin shells need, while allowing the warmth of the thin shell sound.

The majority of the drums we build have “double 45″ bearing edges, which give maximum resonance, clarity, and tuneability. A round edge is sometimes requested when a more “vintage” sound is desired from a modern Maple shell. Single 45 and 30 degree edges are rarely asked for, but we are happy to accommodate.

If you decide to mount a Tom or Toms on the Bass drum, please provide us with location information. Otherwise, we will center the mount on the top of the bass drum shell.

Air Vents 1/2″ in diameter are placed on the bottom of all Bass drums, unless otherwise requested.

We will provide any drum head model from the following manufacturers: Remo, Evans

Toms

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Maple is the choice of most drummers. Our standard shell is a Keller Maple VSS series shell. However, shells are now available in other types of wood, materials, and construction methods.Drum

Diameters available for Maple toms: 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, and 20 inch.

We can provide any available shell diameter in any depth you want. However, each diameter has a maximum “one piece construction” depth. If that depth is exceeded, the shell will be constructed from more than one shell segment, using a notch and glue method. With this construction, seams are strong and durable, but we cannot guarantee that seams will be smooth in all areas. The notch and glue method can only be done using Maple shells of 8 and 10 ply thickness.

Maple shells are available in 5, 6, 8, and 10 ply.

Thin shells have a “warm” sound and a slightly softer stick response. Thick shells have “brighter” attack, a little more volume, a slightly “harder” stick response.

Reinforcing rings are recommended in most 5 ply shells, and larger diameter 6 ply shells. Reinforcing rings are optional in all Maple shells. Traditionally used in steam bent shells to hold the shell “in round”, Reinforcing Rings are not necessary in Keller Maple shells for that reason. We recommend their use in most 5 ply shells, and larger diameter 6 ply shells for the reason of shell stability and strength. Reinforcing Rings effect on sound is somewhat mysterious, controversial, and often misunderstood. Some believe they dampen resonance, “focus” the sound, and raise the shell’s pitch. Although all may be true when studied in a physics class, it is important to keep in mind that the human ear may not detect some of the subtle effects on sound. When used on thin maple shells for stability reasons, their effect on sound can hardly be viewed as negative. They provide the added strength that the thin shells need, while allowing the warmth of the thin shell sound.

The majority of the drums we build have “double 45″ bearing edges, which give maximum resonance, clarity, and tuneability. A round edge is sometimes requested when a more “vintage” sound is desired from a modern Maple shell. Single 45 and 30 degree edges are rarely asked for, but we are happy to accommodate.

When “Drum Support Systems” are not being used, some thought should be given to the locations of mounting brackets. The orientation of a drum is determined by the location of the seam in the wrap or naturally finished shell. In an effort to “hide” the seam in the back of the drum, the mount location becomes important. Consider where the drum will be mounted from, and how the drum will be positioned within your setup. It may be beneficial to draw a simple top view diagram of your drum setup, with mount locations in place, and seams facing the drummer.

Floor tom leg brackets will be mounted in standard three leg positioning.

Air Vents 1/2″ in diameter are placed in the back of all drums, unless otherwise requested.

We will provide any drum head model from the following manufacturers: Remo, Evans