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Old 12-30-2008, 12:16 AM
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Default Cube Drums custom set finally arrived...

Hello friends!

Today DHL Express finally brought my Cube custom drum kit! Some of you may have read about this earlier in another thread. Well, it took some time to arrive but now it`s finally there.

As I said earlier, it`s made from German beech wood. It was made by www.cube-drums.de ...great work by Lars who created this beauty.

The specs:

18x14" bass
12x08" tom
14x14" floor tom
14x6.5" snare drum

The drums are oiled with a high-gloss oil and finished with an amber kind of stain. It occurs to be black nickel hardware, tube lugs, 2.3mm rims, RIM floor tom system.
I`ve got two coated Ambassadors on the bass, not dampened (yet). Coated Ambassadors on the toms, clear ones as reso. Controlled sound (which is similar to an Ambassador) on my snare drum and a Remo Ambassador snare as reso.

When I opened the two packages I was simply impressed by the look. I didn`t expect such a beautiful finish, nor so beautiful hardware. I tuned the drums and noticed that it reacts on every little turn I do, the bearing edges are brilliant, flawless. I chose some 45 degree ones, quite sharp. Tomorrow I`ll play a piano trio gig with it, I`m really looking forward to that. We plan to record the gig so hopefully I`ll be able to share some stuff with you!

Again, awesome kit with an awesome sound and feel. Especially that bass drum is something else. Undampened it sounds incredibly open, I love that boooiim kind of sound.

I`ve recorded a little video with my Samsung (not the best image quality this time):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyWi8cB_VpY

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Old 12-30-2008, 12:21 AM
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Those look stunning, I absolutely love the finish.
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:23 AM
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Karl, Very nice Sir. Those are gorgeous. Let me the first to ask for sound bytes then no one else will bother you.

Edit: I missed the link for the video...It's just old age. Very nice sound Karl. Now be sure to show us those in 30 years when they will be vintage.
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:25 AM
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Gorgeous Karl!!! It must be incredible to have drums built to every part of your specifications. The finish looks great, the hardware contrasts well with the stain for a very simple, yet dramatic appearance.

I especially like the Cube badge proclaiming "Personal Drums." So true in general, but even moreso in your case. The only thing better is if it read "Karl Drums." Enjoy Karl, and congrats!!!
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:37 AM
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Karl, they look absolutely amazing! The black nickel hardware looks stunning too! Well worth the wait, congratulations.
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Old 12-30-2008, 12:41 AM
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WOW!!! Just stunning!! Very cool drums. Love the finish and the hardware......

Congrats!!

How long did you have to wait from the time you placed the order?

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Old 12-30-2008, 12:48 AM
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wow Karl a very nice kit you have there. and damn that bass is 18? look waaaaay smaller than that lol, may just be my eyes. anyways congratulations are in order
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:01 AM
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Finally, huh? Or "Na endlich!", haha. They look absolutely gorgeous, really. Congratulations, enjoy those beauties, Karl.
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:29 AM
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dang, those are beautiful. Karl it is about time you got a set that fit your playing style. For a jazz guy like you the 18" bass was a must.

I will eagerly be waiting for some soundfiles of that work of art
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:37 AM
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Good choice of size for such a lovely kit.

Congrats Karl, it's a beauty, that's for sure ;-)
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Beautiful kit, Karl. Love the close up shot showing off the rain pattern in the wood grain. Pure class. You've hit the "lifetime keeper" drum kit mark with this one.
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:58 AM
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Very nice, I like the sound.
How does it feel to finally have an instrument that doesn't limit you musically ?

Were you too excited to remove the rim mount ? :P

And how do you like the cradle on the floor tom, I have the same thing and like it, but its heavier than normal brackets.
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Old 12-30-2008, 02:12 AM
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Karl, WOW absolutely stunning to say the least. The hardware and wood look amazing together and I loved the sound. CONGRATS on such a beautiful kit in all regards...truly is a keeper to say the least. That finish is NICE.

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Old 12-30-2008, 02:24 AM
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Beautiful kit Karl. I love the finish and the black nickel hardware!.

Looks like a great kit to play our smaller "jazzier" gigs...congratulations on your purchase and I hope they serve you well for a very long time!

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Old 12-30-2008, 02:39 AM
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wow..Karl, those look amazing!

and they sound amazing too..

congrats man! the wait was long, but from the looks, it was well worth it!!

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Old 12-30-2008, 02:42 AM
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...a beautifull classy looking kit

and it's a four.

We are going to have to start a show us your 18,14, 12 set up. I vote for your kit.

very very nice.

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Old 12-30-2008, 02:59 AM
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Old 12-30-2008, 03:35 AM
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Glad to see those babies finally arrived. Congratulations on such a fantastic kit. The close up on the wood grain looks pretty tasty. I can't wait to listen to your playing with the combo, should be great as always.
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Wow Karl, those look nice! I think that bass drum is the smallest I have ever seen lol! Have fun!
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Old 12-30-2008, 04:12 AM
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Beautiful.

Hardware is terrific, lugs are sleek. Black is a great choice, and the drum finish is magnificent.

Your floor tom looks really deep for some reason. You sure it's 14"? Lol.
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Hey Karl, beautiful kit , nice finish , cool hardware, love the sizes. The kit sounds great on your video,. Great playing too, don't muffle the bass drum it sounds great as is. Congrats
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Old 12-31-2008, 02:48 PM
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WOW, thanks for the replies!! I wouldn`t have expected so many!
I`m so happy with this kit, the gig yesterday felt great with this set. It got compliments, many people said they were impressed by the kit in general...especially by the snare drum. So I am, this 14x6.5" is the best decision I could make. It has a fat crack in the middle which gets ringier on the side. Beautiful, I`ve never felt so much volume (it feels bold and tiny and the same time), it has much body. I couldn`t be happier! :-)

The bass drum stays unmuffled, sounds very open, even timpani-esque. The toms are incredible but have to be played like the rest of the kit. The sound will improve through playing, everything is very new now.

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I told him to build it...well, about August or September and had to wait till yesterday. I guess that`s quite a long time. :-D Though it was worth the wait!

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Very nice, I like the sound.
How does it feel to finally have an instrument that doesn't limit you musically ?

Were you too excited to remove the rim mount ? :P

And how do you like the cradle on the floor tom, I have the same thing and like it, but its heavier than normal brackets.
It feels great Etienne. Especially the bass drum is a huge improvement. I finally have this open boom sound, I love it!
Regarding the tom mount, I wasn`t sure whether I should leave the tom like this but had to put it off yesterday to get it into my 12" case. Same problem with my 14", it would hardly fit in that 14" case with the supension system. Though I love this, neither is it more expencive than drilling nor is it bad looking! =)

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...a beautifull classy looking kit

and it's a four.

We are going to have to start a show us your 18,14, 12 set up. I vote for your kit.

very very nice.

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Haha, thanks! You would vote for my kit?? Hey, look at Etienne`s!!

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Your floor tom looks really deep for some reason. You sure it's 14"? Lol.
Yeah, I think it looks really bold because of that suspension system on the floor tom. I`m sure that it`s a 14x14" but the first time I saw the kit I wasn`t sure whether it really is a 12x8" and not 12x9" tom!

Thanks again for the nice comments everyone!

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That is an absolutely perfect looking jazz kit! I can't imagine how much fun it would have been to open up those boxes with those drums waiting inside. Enjoy!
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Old 12-31-2008, 03:45 PM
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Okay, here are some photos I and my dad have taken yesterday before and while having this piano trio gig:























I`ll try to get the sound files as soon as I can!

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Ha! When I saw the title of the thread I expected to see some strange, new-wave, square-shaped drums. I need more sleep.

Karl, that's a really sweet kit. The builder obviously did a great job. I love the gig pics! Enjoy!
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Old 12-31-2008, 06:00 PM
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nice lil' jazz kit there Karl, an incredible natural finish - just a little darker and that looks great with the black nickel hardware! must be a good feeling getting a kit just the way you always wanted :-) and nice gig pics!
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I think you need to make more videos of you drumming :)



...and are your cases hard or soft ? mine are soft and the craddle fits well in it
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Thanks a lot!
I`ve got hardcases (those which look like hat cases)...so I really have to stretch them to get my 14" tom in there with the craddle. Not so great for the hardware and the drum itself. I think I`ll get a bigger one soon. At least I hope so... :-)

Btw Etienne, why more videos of myself playing?

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Thanks a lot!
I`ve got hardcases (those which look like hat cases)...so I really have to stretch them to get my 14" tom in there with the craddle. Not so great for the hardware and the drum itself. I think I`ll get a bigger one soon. At least I hope so... :-)

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Ha! When I saw the title of the thread I expected to see some strange, new-wave, square-shaped drums. I need more sleep.

Karl, that's a really sweet kit. The builder obviously did a great job. I love the gig pics! Enjoy!

Don't feel bad I thought the same thing.

Karl those are incredible looking! I love the tube lugs black nickel hardware, drum finish. Excellent choices and great job by the builder !!
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Because its fun to listen to !
Oh thanks! It is?
Mhh, some audio clips of the gig (I could synchronise them with the video) should be up eventually. =)
The gig itself was okay, I think it improves after some more...luckily more is on the way.

And maybe I can get the mics soon so that I can record with some sound files...

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Simply lovely looking kit Karl and nice collection of gig photos too.

Quite the Christmas present Karl and Happy New Year!
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Simply lovely looking kit Karl and nice collection of gig photos too.

Quite the Christmas present Karl and Happy New Year!
Thanks Stan!!
Indeed that`s kind of a christmas present....actually it`s a very very nice one!

I love its sound and I`l love it even more when it`s older. When those heads get brown and the drums are used the sound will be a lot better, more authentic.

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Beautiful kit Karl! A great kit and a great drummer deserve each other, congrats.
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Hey Karl, great drums man. I have a little dream of my own custom set somewhere in my head too, and maybe Cube will be something. It's closer to Holland then Kumu and Unix, so that's a pro, and now that you've got a great set of Cubes maybe that might be an option too...

I love the hardware on your set and I like the finish. Have a great time discovering all it possibilities and getting used to it.
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