This is the 'Espresso' kit as opposed to the lighter 'Cappuccino' model, I feel.
My dogs whimper too, but that's more because of the bowel moving lows it deliversJust looks at drums and whimpers . . . )
It's available with our segmented hoops on the toms, but I decided to show this kit in "less than subtle" mode.without reading all the posts why don't the toms have wood hoops as well? What is with you and those cheapo cymbals too, get some damn Paistes already!!!! Nice finish on the wood, do you ever do a high gloss finish or mostly the natural satin style like this kit?
Thank youWow, just wow, that finish, those are a work of art, fantastic, great work Gentlemen.
Yes, walnut is indeed a very satisfying wood species, but in this design, we had to take care not to make it too mellow. Walnut is reasonably soft, & delivers a fairly dry & short note. Coupled to stave's inherently focussed nature, that can make for a thumpy drum if you're not careful. These shells are very thin for stave, & that takes a lot of the focus out of the design, lengthens the note, & lowers the fundamental. Add some very generously fat edges into the mix, & you have the perfect blend of cut & thunderOh god those are gorgeous. Walnut . Walnut. Walnut.
Great analogy Duncan! Minimum of double expresso though. You'll have the opportunity to find out in a couple of weeks timeThis is the 'Espresso' kit as opposed to the lighter 'Cappuccino' model, I feel.
My sincere apologies. Please find a more acceptable & tasteful image belowI have a complaint...I am not happy at all...
Putting these pictures up, is like sitting me with my wife and then putting Kaley Cuoco and Melissa Rauch in front of me stark naked ready to pounce! Its the biggest tease going...I am disgusted!
Good question, & yes, there's a very good reason for the design. As you can imagine, these lugs are neither easy or cheap to make (think Asian sourced lug cost x 8 so their design is very purposeful. Our extremely resonant shells rely on exceptionally low mass to deliver to their full potential, hence being crafted from solid T6 aluminium. This also means minimal footprint is important, but minimal footprint single point lugs place considerable localised strains on the shells. If these were thick shells, it wouldn't be an issue. The connecting 4mm aluminium bar takes tangental loads away from the shell footprint, leaving only lesser axial strains derived from head tension differential to be taken up by the shell mounting positions. I can't emphasise enough just how light these lugs are. By way of example, approximately 20 In-Tense lugs weigh the same as 1 Ludwig classic lug.I was wondering, as I know you do a lot of research and testing before building, why are you using one long lug, connecting both the batter and bottom hoop, instead of 2 shorter versions (1 for for each hoop)? Is it just cosmetic or is there another reason?
Get your big open rock groove head on DuncanI'm looking forward to June even more now!
Agree. The bass drum hoop seems out of place and not very consistent IMO. did you guys test this wood with smaller sizes? If so, what is your opinion?They look awesome! Not a big fan of the look of the bass drum hoops but they do look beautifully made, just prefer a more traditional look. I admit though, they do make Guru drums stand out from the rest.
Thanks for your kind words Steve. Care is needed, as I've only just decorated the demo roomAnd........THAT,is how it's done folks.I had a walnut steam bent vintage Leedy 6.5x14,that I should never have sold.Walnut does have a sound all it's own.I would love to hear what that kit sounds like.I have the distinct feeling,they will peel the paint off the walls.
Again ,Guru is raising the bar.They are all the Biz Andy.Time to go play Lotto,now.
Thank youApproaching the Platonic form of drum-ness.
Hoop aesthetic is likely to divide opinion for sure. I think it works in combination with the ash snare, but yes, would look more harmonious if the toms had the same hoops. Of course, that is an option.Agree. The bass drum hoop seems out of place and not very consistent IMO. did you guys test this wood with smaller sizes? If so, what is your opinion?
S hoops absolutely available. Wanted this kit to be open as well as bright in it's attack, so 2.3 triple flange fits the bill nicely.Absolutely gorgeous....................................did you stop using the "S" hoops?
Yes Madge, these are the raw shells you saw. I think they spruced up nicely Fancy a knock on these next month in Manchester?Oh, this is the one I saw in a more embryonic state! It looked beautiful then, but now it's breathtaking! I remember you telling me how it was going to sound. Is it June yet, is it, is it?
Always a pleasureOK Andy, I see, thanks for the explanation.
Surely. a little excessiveI might even go and practice now...
What do you mean - horrid. That kit's a classicThanks for traumatising me with that horrid Capone kit. Okay, I'm happy being teased
If someone's playing that kit, you'll have no choice but to listenNot in front of other people, no - but I know somebody who wouldn't mind at all I'm perfectly happy to listen.