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Old 01-29-2008, 06:56 AM
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Hey Guys
Just got a new custom stave snare drum back in December. It is a 14" x 5" solid Walnut Drum with a Maple Inlay. It is a TP Drum made in Morgan Hill, CA. Todd Plummer is a master woodworker and I cannot believe the things he has done with wood. Check out his website: www.toddcreatedwood.com www.tpdrums.com . If you go to the drum website, he will tell you all about the benefits of staved drums versus plywood and steambent shells.
I love this drum! It sounds amazing. Wherever I bring it, I get compliments and questions about the drum. I wish you guys could here it.

I took the pictures with my camera phone so they are not the best quality.

I'm getting my whole kit re-edged this coming week. So Todd and I will take better pictures and I'll post them up here.

Did I mention it took 2 weeks to get my drum from time of order to receiving it. The drum got a little wet when it was delivered but the water beaded up on the drum and Todd mentioned to me that the finish on the drum is water proof.
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:17 AM
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WOW, that snare drum, well is impressive. I'm really diggin the central stripe on it and the hardware looks fist rate. I checked out the prices for his snares and they seem very reasonable for the workmanship.

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I wish you guys could here it.
We (or at least I) wish I could too. Any way for you to record it and post it?
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:19 AM
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Damn, that's nice. The chunky tube lugs work very well with the die-cast hoops too. I bet it sounds killer.
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:22 AM
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WOW! Really nice!

Can someone tell me what a "stave" drum, or shell is? And what the difference is between that and other methods of making wood drums?
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:32 AM
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A Stave shell consists of a series of vertical strips of wood (usually a few inches across) with angled edges that are glued to each other in order to create a shell, this results in a much higher wood-to-glue percentage than a Ply drum. They're usually lathed to give the appearance of a round shell, but some manufacturers (notably Tamburo) sometimes forego the lathing process, with interesting results.

Steam-bent Solid Shells are just that, a single piece of wood which is bent into the round using steam and then glued on one end as a seam. Then of course there are 'true' Solid Shells which literally consist of a single piece of wood which has been hollowed out from a tree trunk.

Come to think of it, Steam-Bent Shells and Stave Shells aren't significantly harder to mass-manufacture than Ply drums; but Ply drums are prominent in the market. My theory is the weight being at least a major factor in this dominance. Stave and Solid drums are rather heavy compared to their Ply counterparts.

Back onto topic, that is a really lovely snare. It's simple but the streak of Maple gives it a really good touch of class and luxury. I'd be interested in hearing how it sounds; if it sounds anything like it looks, then I'll definitely be impressed.
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Old 01-29-2008, 06:47 PM
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Hey man, I love that drum. Funny coincidence, I saw several of those snares at Lemmon Percussion in San Jose. I'm originally from Morgan Hill. There were probably 4 or 5 of his in the drum shop I went to, and they all sounded AMAZING. You know, like when you hit it and you say "Ohhh, so THAT'S what a snare is supposed to sound like..."

Just out of curiosity, where are you from?
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:09 PM
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What a snare! I love it. I will most certain check out his website!
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A Stave shell consists of a series of vertical strips of wood (usually a few inches across) with angled edges that are glued to each other in order to create a shell, this results in a much higher wood-to-glue percentage than a Ply drum. They're usually lathed to give the appearance of a round shell, but some manufacturers (notably Tamburo) sometimes forego the lathing process, with interesting results.

Steam-bent Solid Shells are just that, a single piece of wood which is bent into the round using steam and then glued on one end as a seam. Then of course there are 'true' Solid Shells which literally consist of a single piece of wood which has been hollowed out from a tree trunk.

Come to think of it, Steam-Bent Shells and Stave Shells aren't significantly harder to mass-manufacture than Ply drums; but Ply drums are prominent in the market. My theory is the weight being at least a major factor in this dominance. Stave and Solid drums are rather heavy compared to their Ply counterparts.

Back onto topic, that is a really lovely snare. It's simple but the streak of Maple gives it a really good touch of class and luxury. I'd be interested in hearing how it sounds; if it sounds anything like it looks, then I'll definitely be impressed.
Right on MFB...think of a barrel when you think of a stave drum.
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Old 01-30-2008, 03:11 AM
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thats a very very pretty snare! looks like he does good work. what kind of kit do you have?
oh ya, welcome to the forums!

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QUOTE=tizzdizz;404763]Hey man, I love that drum. Funny coincidence, I saw several of those snares at Lemmon Percussion in San Jose. I'm originally from Morgan Hill. There were probably 4 or 5 of his in the drum shop I went to, and they all sounded AMAZING. You know, like when you hit it and you say "Ohhh, so THAT'S what a snare is supposed to sound like..."

Just out of curiosity, where are you from?[/quote]


Hey Guys thanks for the welcome and comments.

I have a Tama Superstar Custom EFX Vintage Nickel Sparkle. I got it from a shop where Mike Portnoy had a clinic and apparently he used part of my kit with a gold starclassic kit in order to recreate his massive kits. The cool thing about the kit is that i am getting the edges recut on every drum in order to give it a unique and amazing sound. I'll post picks of the kit as soon as that happens. Should happen later this week.

Tizzdizz, I go to Lemmon all the time. It such a great shop and the guys really know their stuff. They have a store on ebay if anyone is interested. http://stores.ebay.com/Lemmon-Percussion
Someone mentioned recording the drum. I should be posting a video or recording of me playing under the forum of showing your talents or whatever.
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Old 01-30-2008, 02:49 PM
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Beautiful beautiful snare drum! Ive never had the chance to play a stave, steambent, segment or solid drum yet...but it`s on my list what to try next time. Just have to find some. I think Remo makes a stave snare drum, too...
However, this one is simply beautiful and it must have a great tone, warm and dark.

I checked Todd`s website and I didn`t wonder when I saw a 8x14" for $950.


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Right on MFB...think of a barrel when you think of a stave drum.
Yes, I always think of those old oak wine barrels when thinking of stave drums. Though I don`t even like wine. :-D

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Old 01-31-2008, 05:32 AM
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Right on MFB...think of a barrel when you think of a stave drum.
ahhhh.. good image! :)
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Old 02-01-2008, 04:57 AM
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Speaking of a barrel...

This is a wine barrel that Todd worked on. He took it apart, cleaned it, glued it back together, and then cut the edges.

It is hands down the best bass drum i have ever heard. It was up against a display window at Lemmon Percussion and almost broke the window from the sheer volume and power it has.
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Old 02-01-2008, 05:34 PM
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Speaking of a barrel...

This is a wine barrel that Todd worked on. He took it apart, cleaned it, glued it back together, and then cut the edges.

It is hands down the best bass drum i have ever heard. It was up against a display window at Lemmon Percussion and almost broke the window from the sheer volume and power it has.
Haha, that`s so awesome!
Is it made from oak, what size? I guess it doesn`t differ from regular stave bass drums...or does it has more room to develop a tone?

Classy looking.

Cheers! =)

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Old 02-23-2008, 02:11 AM
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Haha, that`s so awesome!
Is it made from oak, what size? I guess it doesn`t differ from regular stave bass drums...or does it has more room to develop a tone?

Classy looking.

Cheers! =)

Karl
I'm not sure what wood it's made out of. I haven't tried a stave bass, but the construction is the same for a stave bass. The shape of the wine barrel has more air than any other bass drum so it has more room to punch. I'll try to get a recording of all these drums I'm talking about soon.
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