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Old 11-13-2011, 11:35 AM
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Speaking of the hoops, what determines what hoop goes on what drum? Is it purely asthetic or is there more to matching the hoop to the shell material?
When I visited Andy and tried out all these drums we did some experiments with different hoops on one drum. I was really surprised at how big the difference is in between hoops - it makes a world of a difference on each drum. I didn't really like the die-cast hoops because for my taste they kinda choke the drum. I loved both S-Shaped and wood hoops though because they let the drum breathe and offer great cross-stick and rimshot sounds.

I believe that when Dean builds these drums he has a sound in his mind that he is going for and he then matches the wood, shell construction, bearing edge, rereing, wires and hoop to get the sound he is looking for.
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:06 PM
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There's a couple there I'd love to play. Snare numbers 1 and 8 (the blonde!!).......though there's a real appeal for #5 and #7 too. When I get some coin I'm ordering #1 with round wooden hoops (the shape of tension screw holes is the only thing I don't love about that snare) and #8 with die casts though Andy. We'll talk about modifications when I'm cashed up!! :-)

Speaking of the hoops, what determines what hoop goes on what drum? Is it purely asthetic or is there more to matching the hoop to the shell material?
Cheers Pocket mate! On many snare constructions, matching the wood hoop material & construction isn't that important, in fact, some would argue, it's not worth looking at wooden hoops at all. Frequently, a player will put a set of wooden hoops onto a drum that was never designed with them in mind. Typically, thick shells don't bring out the benefits of wood hoops. Once you start to apply wood hoops to solid shells however, the difference is very apparent, especially the cross sticking sound. Once you're into that territory, matching the timbre of the hoop to the shell maximises the benefit.

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Beautiful pics with the natural finish and the foliage. You have too many snare drums. You'd better send me a couple of them.
I'm glad you liked the pictures Zickos. You take a pretty mean picture yourself! BTW, only two of these snares are mine. The rest are ex demo pieces from our stand at the London drum show. They'll form part of our demonstration stock once we have that facility open. They're also for sale.

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#2 & #5 are my favs! I must of missed the thread about KIS being the ceo of GURU?
Nooooo, I'm not the CEO, and nor are we grand enough to have anyone of that title. Guru Drumworks is owned by Dean Price. The company is tiny. Dean makes all the drums, sometimes with assistance from two part time carpenters, then there's me. I deal with designing of new products, sales, marketing, & artist relations. Even that sounds too grand :)

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It's sooo beautiful, craftsmanship at it's best.
Thank you so much.
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:31 PM
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Oh my god, those are some LOVELY drums!
I like the second picture from the bottom of your first post, it`s almost like a catalog shot! :D
I`m very sure these snares sound just as well as they look.
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:59 PM
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Oh my god, those are some LOVELY drums!
I like the second picture from the bottom of your first post, it`s almost like a catalog shot! :D
I`m very sure these snares sound just as well as they look.
I can absolutely assure that they do.
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Old 11-13-2011, 02:53 PM
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Oh my god, those are some LOVELY drums!
I like the second picture from the bottom of your first post, it`s almost like a catalog shot! :D
I`m very sure these snares sound just as well as they look.
Thank you, I'm glad you like them. Each has it's own character.

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When I visited Andy and tried out all these drums we did some experiments with different hoops on one drum. I was really surprised at how big the difference is in between hoops - it makes a world of a difference on each drum. I didn't really like the die-cast hoops because for my taste they kinda choke the drum. I loved both S-Shaped and wood hoops though because they let the drum breathe and offer great cross-stick and rimshot sounds.

I believe that when Dean builds these drums he has a sound in his mind that he is going for and he then matches the wood, shell construction, bearing edge, rereing, wires and hoop to get the sound he is looking for.
Thanks Lutz, that's a perfect explanation of how it goes. Very nice to get independent confirmation from a great player with good ears. Sometimes, it's so easy for me to get wrapped up in the vibe & too close to the science ;)
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Guru - truly works of art. Are there any to be seen on the East Coast of the USA?
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:11 PM
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Guru - truly works of art. Are there any to be seen on the East Coast of the USA?
thank you kindly for your praise. Unfortunately, we don't have any representation in NA, but I hope to change that next year. We do have a number of snare drum customers in the US, but they've all commissioned drums with us directly. We don't have any Guru Drumworks stave or steambent kits in the US currently. Thank you for your interest.
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That Sepele Steambent is fantastic. I've always loved the look of single flanged hoops.
And the 1 steambent snare I've played I was blown away by.
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That Sepele Steambent is fantastic. I've always loved the look of single flanged hoops.
And the 1 steambent snare I've played I was blown away by.
Thanks dare! It certainly has a vintage sound, but still with life coming from the steam bent shell. Sepele has an almost identical sound to mahogany, in fact. many consider it to be a form of mahogany, although strictly speaking, it's not. mahogany was widely used in drum construction pre 80's, so it's a good choice to deliver that era vibe.
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WoW KIS! That is awesome to be able to be part of something like this! Congrats!

You've inspired me!

I am off to start building my own custom drums! (and start a business!)

More to follow! be sure to watch for this!
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Stunning drums!!

As to cosmetics, my choice would be #1 and #2.
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:16 AM
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WoW KIS! That is awesome to be able to be part of something like this! Congrats!

You've inspired me!

I am off to start building my own custom drums! (and start a business!)

More to follow! be sure to watch for this!
Thanks Timebandit, & good luck with your journey into drum building. Try building some for yourself first, & take it from there. Building full kits with shells made by others isn't that difficult, but building your own shells, especially solid shells, is a big investment in both skills & finance. If you want to build your own shells, I suggest you stick with snare drums initially, then move on to bigger sizes once you've acquired the skills & the money to invest in tooling. Making a 26" steambent bass drum is a big job, in every respect.

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Stunning drums!!

As to cosmetics, my choice would be #1 and #2.
Thanks Arky. Picture 1 & 2 now belongs to me :) Such a lovely tone, I just couldn't pass it up ;)
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