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Old 05-27-2008, 10:04 PM
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Default 2 Unix Stave Drums: Bubinga w/Birdseye Maple

Unix Stave Shell
18 x 20 x 1/2
Bubinga with 1/4" Birdseye Maple Stripes
Stellar Hoops
Ego Flat Tops
Ego Spurs
Claws from DF

Waterlox Original for the finish with Minwax finishing paste on top.

Just finished up this bass drum. Thought I'd share this here - Unix knows his stuff.













Here is my matching snare - finished this one last fall.

Unix Stave Shell
6 x 14 x 1/2
Bubinga w/ 1/4" Birdseye Maple Stripes
Ego Flat Top Tubes
Ego Strainer
S-Hoops


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Old 05-27-2008, 10:10 PM
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Gorgeous

Nothing else I can say, and it's great photography as well. Is it your kit?
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Old 05-27-2008, 11:20 PM
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AMAZING

Wow,

Someday I will own a Unix kit.

I better just start saving!!!!
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Old 05-27-2008, 11:40 PM
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Oh. My. Freaking. God.

That is sooo beautiful! Francois, I want this finish for my cocktail drum, okay? I want something that shows off the stave construction loud and proud. Do you have photos of this kind of construction and style with the larger staves in light wood and the skinny staves in dark wood? I would like to see what that looks like.
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:00 AM
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Did you buy the shells & finish it yourself, or, is it a complete Unix job?

Absolutely gorgeous, btw.
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:48 AM
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Yeah - this is mine. So far I only have these two drums. I have plans for 3 rack and 2 floor toms, but it will take some saving before I give Frank the go-ahead.

Unix did the shells, I did the wood finish and hardware.
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Old 05-28-2008, 01:34 AM
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dangit Ben, now you gotta join here and make me want one more and more....:p

once agian...franking beautiful..

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Old 05-28-2008, 05:03 AM
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You know, this is the whole problem with the internet and drum porn like this. When I was younger, we didn't have all this temptation. Baniels, I probably already told you over on GN, but great job on the finish and very nice photos.
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Old 05-28-2008, 06:11 AM
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A few things to comment on...CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE! Not only are there a bunch of amazing photos to drool over, but the pricing is absoloutely outstanding for this kind of quality hand-made custom drum. I called Unix and spoke directly to Francois, I was surprised not to be speaking to a receptionist or sales person, but to the owner/drummaker. He took the time to chat out some details etc and was a super nice guy. If you're looking for a quality custom made product, go no further than Canada!
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:17 AM
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Good Lord Almighty, this kind of stuff should be banned by the administrators.

It corrupts impressionable minds, and temptation is sinful .
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Old 05-28-2008, 02:22 PM
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Default Re: 2 Unix Stave Drums: Bubinga w/Birdseye Maple

Both those drums look incredible. The hoops came out beautifully. And your choice of hardware is perfect.

What bass drum spurs are those? They match your lugs very nicely.

And how come your bass drum is on a riser? Is that just for the photo?

Can't wait to see toms for this kit.
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Old 05-28-2008, 03:21 PM
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The spurs are Ego, just like the lugs (hardware list is in my first post). I posted a mini review of the spurs over on ghostnote yesterday. I'll probably post the same thing here later today.

I used the riser for the pictures to present it as I'll be playing it. I will be using the riser for a few reasons.

1) Raising the batter side of the drum by a few inches will let me hit the center of the head without having to shorten the beater arm too much (I'm coming from a 24" BD).
2) The hoops are just too darn pretty to mar up with a pedal clamp.
3) I have some Axis longboard doubles on the way and, according to Axis, the beaters are 3 inches apart. I want to be able to offset the pedal by 1.5" to the right so that both beaters are hitting equidistant from the center of the head. This alone would rule out clamping to the hoop.

The riser I have is a modified floor tom conversion riser meant for triple flange hoops - this is a new item I guess. I picked it up from the DSH booth at the Chicago show a few weekends ago.

It isn't shown as such in the pictures, but with a few extra bolts and a couple bits and pieces from the hardware store, it will work just right for my needs. The riser portion (after having some excess parts of the steel removed at a machine shop) will sit under the shell just behind the hoop, and clamp part will sit just in front of the hoop (or directly under, depending on how I see fit when I get the pedals) but off-center to the right just enough that I can clamp the pedal so that both beaters are equally aligned with the center of the head.


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Both those drums look incredible. The hoops came out beautifully. And your choice of hardware is perfect.

What bass drum spurs are those? They match your lugs very nicely.

And how come your bass drum is on a riser? Is that just for the photo?

Can't wait to see toms for this kit.
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Old 06-01-2008, 01:37 AM
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Too good to be true and strictly lotto finance drums:) Unix yous an Michelangelo of drums. LOL
Unix drums cost less than high-end plywood drums by the major manufacturers and less than what many Keller customizers charge. He spends nothing on marketing and has low overhead, so he passes the savings on to customers. The only trade-off is that he's low volume, which is fine with me.
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Old 06-01-2008, 06:48 AM
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Default Re: 2 Unix Stave Drums: Bubinga w/Birdseye Maple

These are absolutely outstanding, I would LOVE some bubingas of my own like this - I've heard nothing bad about the sound.

I love the hardware too...
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:39 AM
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Having just looked through the whole gallery on his website, I think I can safely say that a Unix drum will be the next one I buy.
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Old 06-02-2008, 04:51 AM
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Having just looked through the whole gallery on his website, I think I can safely say that a Unix drum will be the next one I buy.
That's good news then...
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Old 06-06-2008, 07:02 PM
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I think Unix bubingas will be the next thing I buy, too. ;)
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Old 06-06-2008, 07:06 PM
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I think Unix bubingas will be the next thing I buy, too. ;)
Vin, I think we need to send you over to a Bass forum or for a week or so.. just to de-tox a bit..

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Old 06-06-2008, 08:11 PM
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Vin, I think we need to send you over to a Bass forum or for a week or so.. just to de-tox a bit..

whatchathink?
Nah, I wouldn't do that for the same reason I didn't send my kids to daycare. I'd come back w/ a foul mouth, more bad habits, and perhaps some sort of disease.

Which reminds me...my bass player (from the jazz group) plays a 35 lb. solid bubinga Warwick bass and it sounds like rolling thunder. He paid as much for it as some high-end drum kits would cost!
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Old 06-06-2008, 08:16 PM
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Wow, that is gorgeous!
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Old 06-06-2008, 10:54 PM
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Thats as beautiful as they come. I just gave my Son a Purpleheart/Paduk stave snare and snare stand for his birthday. His shell was made by Tim at Joshua Tree. I love stave drums. I have a Sonor Signature Bubinga kit (12mm Beech shell), but a pure bubinga stave bass drum....wow!
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Old 06-07-2008, 05:04 AM
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I could and would love a whole stave kit. Canadian company too. Really nice stuff. I think a stave kit is in my future too. No one asked about the tonal quality of the bass drum...How happy are you with the sound of the bass drum? The sound of the fundamental? Is it dark or bright?
What heads are you using?
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Looks like Ben's running an EMAD batter/reso combo. I imagine it's got some serious f*kkin balls that really punches you in the chest.
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Old 06-07-2008, 06:41 AM
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I could and would love a whole stave kit. Canadian company too. Really nice stuff. I think a stave kit is in my future too. No one asked about the tonal quality of the bass drum...How happy are you with the sound of the bass drum? The sound of the fundamental? Is it dark or bright?
What heads are you using?
As I understand it, bubinga has even more "warmth" than maple and more punch, as well. I think it's a fundamentally lower pitch but sings beautifully. I've also read that it doesn't choke at higher tuning like maple (or most woods) can...allowing a broader tuning range. It may just be marketing hype but apparently - bubinga is the ultimate drum wood.

That's why I WOULD go with bubinga IF I were to order a stave kit. :)
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Old 06-07-2008, 04:10 PM
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Good Lord Almighty, this kind of stuff should be banned by the administrators.

It corrupts impressionable minds, and temptation is sinful .
Once again, Aydee hits the nail on the head.
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The word Drum-Porn is just not right. Porn always has something dirty, but this has got to be the most beautiful drum I've ever seen. Great pictures. I have a new desktop wallpaper on my PC :).
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Those hoops look wierd.
Do they come standard or did you have to buy them?
Do they go ober the edge of the head or is it just my eyes?
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The word Drum-Porn is just not right. Porn always has something dirty, but this has got to be the most beautiful drum I've ever seen. Great pictures. I have a new desktop wallpaper on my PC :).
What are you talking about Frank? Porn is not always dirty!!! There is some good stuff out there you are missing! LOL
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:04 PM
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Default Re: 2 Unix Stave Drums: Bubinga w/Birdseye Maple

I'm pretty sure I have no idea what you're talking about.

Standard with what?

Over the edge of the head? Again, I don't know what you mean, but the hoops work just like any other BD hoops.
Maybe you can restate your post.

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I meant on the snare drum head.

sorry that was my fault
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I see - I assumed it was the BD hoops you were talking about.

On the snare I have S-Hoops.
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Curious what a 1/2" Bubinga shell sounds like. I think Tama makes their Bubinga kits 8mm/
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wow, I had no idea about drums liket that....talk about a noob! I LOVE THOSE they are scortching HOT
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