If you want a true Bell Bronze (cast bronze) shell, go with Duluth. John Holt at Duluth is your guy and he's one of the best in the business. He worked with Ocheltree on the Paiste Spirit of 2002 and and the Tree Bronze snares. I believe his shells are also used in the DW Truecast. Duluth isn't an actual drum shop, but John has been making custom snares and shells for so many other companies and drummers directly, they're one of the best at what they do. Other options are Oriollo in Serbia, VK drums in the UK (super high quality. They make custom snares for Danny Carey), and some of your other hard-to-find models from manufacturers like Sonor, Tama and Noble & Cooley (they did the Zildjian cast snare).
What's great about John is he offers two cast options: CA 907 (80% copper, 20% tin or something like that). He calls this the Tree Bronze. It is less prone to cracking because it's got less tin. He recommends this option for a standard bell bronze snare.
The other option is CA 954, which is aluminum bronze (mostly copper with some aluminum). He uses this alloy mostly for hoops. It's a darker alloy.
He can custom-make any shell size, thickness or bearing edge. For example, the DW Truecast is 5 mm edges with a 3 mm concave middle.
I had a 5" x 14" shell made to fit my Peparl free floating chassis. I tried to mimic the highly sought-after Tama Bell Bronze snares and went with the 3mm thickness with the 45 degree sharp classic bearing edge on one side. Since the shell can be switched upside down on the free floaters, I had John make a rounded 45 degree edge on the other side.
Long story short, John was phenomenal to work with and quoted me some addition CA 054 aluminum bronze hoops with the shell. He packs everything perfectly tight (super high grade packaging with plywood, foam, and polishing cloth). Since my shell didn't require and drilling or mounting of hardware, he had it out to me in like 4 weeks tops. Super quick.
If you want, you can buy your own lugs, grommets, throw offs and additional hardware and ship to him, and he'll install it on the shell for you.
I couldnt be happier with my Duluth shell. Drum business has bee so good for him, he just launched his own website: https://www.duluthbrassdrums.com/
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This is what I did.
It’s being built as we speak. I’m having custom brass tube lugs made as well.
5mm thick, 14x6.5, bronze shell, aluminum bronze hoops. Gold trick throw off, brass tension rods
John was awesome to work with