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Old 12-19-2009, 08:43 PM
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Hey, I'm looking for a company to make me a custom metal shell for a snare drum. I've found a number of custom companies but it seems most of them only have wood shell options. Anyone know a company with a large selection of materials/size options(preferably in the states)? I've heard of Potyondi and I've looked into c&c. I'd just like to know my options. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-19-2009, 08:54 PM
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Two things to note:

1) Many of the 'custom' builders use World Max metal shells. There's nothing wrong with them, they generally sound great. But, they're not customizable other than choice lugs, hoops and throwoff. You may as well shop strictly by price in that case.

2) Beyond just getting names of metal shell fabricators, do some additional research on other forums regarding specific people and companies. At one time or another everybody's name gets bashed, so it's worth exploring further and separating a few instances of sour grapes from repeated complaints to help with your decision.

As for Americam custom metal shell makers, I have no suggestions.

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Old 12-20-2009, 02:35 AM
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doesn't dunnett do this work? I know when other companies want to do special metal projects it is usually done by dunnett. The ludwig ti models, the stanton moore signature drum, I believe even tama used them for the stainless warlord kits.
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Old 12-20-2009, 02:54 AM
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Dunnett is in Canada, not the US, hence my not mentioning him.

But yes, he rolls & finishes his metal shells for the Dunnett drums. Not sure how custom he'll get though, it couldn't hurt to send an email.

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Old 12-20-2009, 11:25 AM
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orange county drums and percussion says:

Metal Shells
We currently use several different metals, such as brass, titanium, steel and aluminum for snare drum shells. These shells can be powder coated nearly any color.

sjc custom drums:
does brass shells and hammered brass shells

c&c custom drums:
black chrome over brass

truth:
no metal snares

dunnett http://www.dunnett.com/products/
titanium, stainless steel, brass, bronze, & copper.
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:36 PM
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Again, except for Dunnett, I believe all of the companies mentioned are getting pre-made shells from WorldMax or possibly another Asian source. They are not making metal snares shells.

But now that I think of it, I'm pretty sure Joyful Noise makes their own metal shells. They're also expensive!

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Old 12-20-2009, 11:11 PM
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I too would be interested in getting a very deep steel snare. Something crazy like a 14x9 or 14x10 haven't found anybody who is willing to make it however. I checked out JoyfulNoise right now, there site doesn't want to work for me? or it doesn't list any info on the custom metal snares. I shot them an email so I guess we will see what they say.
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Old 12-20-2009, 11:48 PM
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Ronn Dunnett here - Hi Berm!

For the record, Dunnett Classic is what I consider to be a Can-American company. My shop is located 20 minutes from the border.

It has been my honor and privilege to work with a number of companies on metal shell projects - DW, Gretsch, Ludwig, Slingerland, Grover, Lang and of course The Stanton Moore Drum Company. I have never made a product for Tama.

I do make custom metal snare drums, but I do not offer custom shells as stand alone items.

A 9 X 14 or a 10 x 14 isn't a problem - I offer those in stainless and titanium. Both of these are affordable considering they are custom made. The Stainless version would cost $765 US and the titanium would cost $1195 US plus shipping.

You can contact me directly at ronn@dunnett.com

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Old 12-24-2009, 08:10 PM
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Awesome. Thanks a lot for the help it is much appreciated. Looks like I've got some researching to do.

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Hey, I'm looking for a company to make me a custom metal shell for a snare drum. I've found a number of custom companies but it seems most of them only have wood shell options. Anyone know a company with a large selection of materials/size options(preferably in the states)? I've heard of Potyondi and I've looked into c&c. I'd just like to know my options. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-31-2009, 05:12 PM
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If you just want the metal snare shell then you should check out www.drumsupplyhouse.com and click on "metal snares"
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