SNARE DRUM FAQ

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5

0.13″ ( 3.3 mm )

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6

0.16″ ( 4.0 mm )

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8

0.21″ ( 5.4 mm )

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10

0.26″ ( 6.7 mm )

Shell type: 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.

Drum size: Diameters available for Maple Snares:

8, 10, 12, 13,  and 14 inches

We can provide any available shell diameter in any depth you want.

Shell thickness ( ply # ):

Maple shells are available in 5, 6, 8, 10, 15, 20, and 30 ply.

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Ply #

Average Thickness

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Maple Shell thickness chart

15

0.39″ ( 10 mm

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

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20

0.52″ ( 13.4 mm )

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30

0.78″ ( 20.1 mm )

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40

1.04″ ( 26.8 mm )

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50

1.30″ ( 33.5 mm )

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Ply #

Average Thickness

Maple Shell thickness “20 ply or more” maximum depth

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: 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.

Bearing edge type: 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.

Snare Bed: 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.

Throwoff & Butt end locations: 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.

Breather Hole locations: Breather holes 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.

Heads: We will provide any drum head model from the following manufacturers: Aquarian Attack Evans Remo

BASS DRUM FAQ

Shell type: 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.

Drum size: 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″.

Shell thickness ( ply # ): 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: 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.

Bearing edge type: 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.

Mounting Bracket location: 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.

Breather Hole locations: Breather holes 1/2″ in diameter are placed on the bottom of all Bass drums, unless otherwise requested.

Heads: We will provide any drum head model from the following manufacturers: Aquarian Attack Evans Remo

TOM FAQ

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5

0.13″ ( 3.3 mm )

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6

0.16″ ( 4.0 mm )

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8

0.21″ ( 5.4 mm )

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10

0.26″ ( 6.7 mm )

Shell type: 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 size: 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.

Shell thickness ( ply # ): Maple shells are available in 5, 6, 8, and 10 ply.

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Ply #

Average Thickness

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Maple Shell thickness chart

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.

For shells other than Maple, see our Shell section for detail on shell thickness offerings.

Reinforcing Rings: 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.

Bearing edge type: 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.

Mounting Bracket locations: 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.

Breather Hole locations: Breather holes 1/2″ in diameter are placed in the back of all drums, unless otherwise requested.

Heads: We will provide any drum head model from the following manufacturers: Aquarian Attack Evans Remo

TURN-AROUND TIME FAQ

Since every drum order is unique and requires different parts and labor, we have outlined below the AVERAGE turn-around time for orders placed by the type of order. Individual Snare Drum (Natural, Stain, and Wrapped Finish) : Average turn-around time is 3-4 weeks. Natural and Stain Finished Kits: Average turn-around time is 5-7 weeks. Wrapped Kits: Average turn-around time is 6-8 weeks. Custom Paint and Kits with Lacquer Finish: Average turn-around time is 10-12 weeks.

PAYMENT FAQ

Payment Process: MapleWorks Drums has a unique method of accepting payments unlike most other custom drum companies. When placing a custom order (excludes in-stock merchandise and series snares and kits) we require only a 50% deposit of the total. This allows the customer the time period that their kit is being built to procure the rest of the funds needed to complete the payment. Upon the completion of the order, the remaining 50% of the total is due prior to pickup or shipping. If the customer wishes, they also have the option to pay the total upfront. All deposits are nonrefundable. Forms of Payment: MapleWorks Drums accepts the following forms of payment:

  • Credit/Debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover)
  • PayPal
  • Cash (for local orders placed in person)
  • Certified Checks (there will be a hold of 2 weeks on all certified checks until they clear)

SHIPPING FAQ

Standard Shipping: Orders will be shipped upon completion of drums and payment. All orders will be shipped through standard UPS Ground Service unless otherwise specified. Drums may be shipped inside of each other if possible to reduce shipping costs.  This may require the customer to put the drum heads on upon delivery. Average shipping costs for a 4pc kit within the lower 48 states ranges from $65-$90. International Shipping: International shipping is available and is determined on a case-by-case basis. Please inquire for details.

ENDORSEMENT FAQ

MapleWorks Drums is always looking for talented artists that want to be a part of the MapleWorks Drums team! MapleWorks Drums offers publically performing artists the ability to join MapleWorks in a more personal type relationship to help further both MapleWorks and the artist’s projects and exposure. We use 3 programs to accomplish this: Artist Sponsorship, Professional Endorsement and Professional Educator. All Three programs offer artists benefits, discounts and opportunities but are reserved for artists who are performing publically on a regular and steady basis. The following 3 programs are defined as: ARTIST SPONSORSHIP ENDORSEMENT: To be CONSIDERED to qualify for an ARTIST SPONSORSHIP ENDORSEMENT the artist must be:

  • Regularly performing publically 4+ times per month on average, AND/OR
  • Playing shows/opening locally for touring acts, or touring regionally, AND/OR
  • Gaining exposure via online videos/performances with 5,000+ subscribers/views

PROFESSIONAL ENDORSEMENT: To be CONSIDERED to qualify for a PROFESSIONAL ENDORSEMENT the artist must be:

  • Touring Nationally/Internationally 4+ months full time in any given year, AND/OR
  • Are getting national press/media exposure (via articles, videos etc.), AND/OR
  • Gaining exposure via online videos/performances with 50,000+ subscribers/views
PREMIER EDUCATOR ENDORSEMENT: To be CONSIDERED to qualify to become a PREMIER EDUCATOR you must be:
  • A professional teacher/instructor/educator with 10+ students

PACKET SUBMISSIONS All applicants should ensure that they submit a minimal of the following items:

  • Band name and information (to include websites and recordings)
  • Personal Biography
  • Tour dates (past and upcoming)
  • Any other information that the applicant wishes to supply that they may feel would be important to be considered

All applications should be submitted to info@mapleworksdrums.com with Endorsement as the subject line.