Drum Shells

AidanM

Junior Member
Hi, Was considering getting a custom build kit, but I'm not too sure the differences in sound you get between Acrylic, Birch and Maple. I know Acrylic shells are pretty neat, but I'd rather sound than looks to be honest, any help guys? Cheers.

( If so what do they sound like )
 

Andy

Administrator
Staff member
Hi, Was considering getting a custom build kit, but I'm not too sure the differences in sound you get between Acrylic, Birch and Maple. I know Acrylic shells are pretty neat, but I'd rather sound than looks to be honest, any help guys? Cheers.

( If so what do they sound like )
I'm genuinely not trying to be a smart ass here - really. If you have to ask this question, you shouldn't be considering a custom built kit. Go with a kit that a well regarded manufacturer has designed to offer a sound palate suitable for your playing circumstances. The only reason to go custom, & especially as you say sound is your most important consideration, is if you can't get what you want with a defined series kit. Frankly, ready manufactured drums will cover 99% of all sonic requirements.

Welcome to the forum :)
 

slowrocker

Silver Member
I'm genuinely not trying to be a smart ass here - really. If you have to ask this question, you shouldn't be considering a custom built kit. Go with a kit that a well regarded manufacturer has designed to offer a sound palate suitable for your playing circumstances. The only reason to go custom, & especially as you say sound is your most important consideration, is if you can't get what you want with a defined series kit. Frankly, ready manufactured drums will cover 99% of all sonic requirements.

Welcome to the forum :)
Agreed. If you buy custom it is because you have one specific sound and look you want. Go play some birch and maple sets and then later on figure out the perfect sound for a set. You will probably find a perfect set for you by one of the major drum companies and get a nice set at a better price.
 

tamadrm

Platinum Member
Agreed.The only time to buy a custom kit is when just about everything out there is not the sound you're looking for,and your skill level.

Also consider that when buying custom,for the most part...it's a kit you buy for life.The resale value of most custom kits, pales in comparison to the original purchase price.You'd be lucky to recoupe 30% in most cases.

Stick with mainstream large manufactures,who back up their products,or buy used which will give you more bang for the buck.

Steve B
 
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Les Ismore

Platinum Member
Hi, Was considering getting a custom build kit, but I'm not too sure the differences in sound you get between Acrylic, Birch and Maple. I know Acrylic shells are pretty neat, but I'd rather sound than looks to be honest, any help guys? Cheers.

( If so what do they sound like )

Maple/birch a general overview.

Acylic


'Custom' built kit can mean a lot of things and you certainly don't need a degree in drumology to consider getting one. And yes you can have both, sound and looks.
 

AidanM

Junior Member
When I said looks I meant I don't care if it is acrylic or maple/birch.

I don't have a local drum shop so that's why I was asking the sound of the different types of shells, And I don't want to spend thousands on a kit that isn't the way I would like it to look.

Should have mentioned that in the original post. My bad.
 

Les Ismore

Platinum Member
When I said looks I meant I don't care if it is acrylic or maple/birch.

I don't have a local drum shop so that's why I was asking the sound of the different types of shells, And I don't want to spend thousands on a kit that isn't the way I would like it to look.

Should have mentioned that in the original post. My bad.

Your question seemed clear enough and no need to apologize, the general population here usually isn't that assuming, and most of the time understanding.

The 'search' option here can be a great resource, tho fresh opinions can shed new light on an old subject and usually do.
 

porter

Platinum Member
And I don't want to spend thousands on a kit that isn't the way I would like it to look.
What do you want it to look like? If it's some crazy wrap idea, you could buy a high-end kit with a wrap and have a local builder rewrap it...
 

Deathmetalconga

Platinum Member
Construction type is a much greater influence than wood type. Plywood, stave, steambent and true solid shell all impart big differences in tone.
 
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