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Deathmetalconga

Platinum Member
After making snares for customers - I made myself one to keep (finally).

Bubinga Hoops, Padauk Shell. Enjoy!
What a beautiful drum. The finishing and build give it a raw look, like it was hewn from an old barn, but it is obviously very finely worked. I could see this in a country band with a matching set, although I sure it would work in any application. What are the specs? I have a slit drum made of padauk and it is a very musical wood.

The clear plastic badge is a one-of-a-kind touch, very classy and I've never seen it before. Do you do this with all your drums?
 

uniongoon

Gold Member
After making snares for customers - I made myself one to keep (finally).

Bubinga Hoops, Padauk Shell. Enjoy!
I am astounded at your craftsmanship. Would you mind sharing a little on your technique? The shell is a tongue and groove, is it put together as sectioned octagon and then put on a lathe to turn it round?

I have asked questions of drum builders before and never get answers, I find it odd, even if they shared their build secrets, it still takes equipment and great knowledge and experience to still pull it off, so not sure what the big deal is.
Anyhow, amazing work.
 

uniongoon

Gold Member
Wow, they look like they have never been out to a gig. Is that the original front bass drum head? Cool old kit. I have owned a 1982 or 83 set with the wine finish and had a couple superstar snares including a white 8 inch deep one that was really nice.
 

Deathmetalconga

Platinum Member
My wood:
80's Superstars. I have the other mounted tom but didn't have it set up (obviously).
Uniongoon is right, those drums look exquisite, brand new. They have been very well cared for. Natural maple is so nice and bright.

Nice congas and guitar in the background. Looks like a nice little place to jam.
 
What a beautiful drum. The finishing and build give it a raw look, like it was hewn from an old barn, but it is obviously very finely worked. I could see this in a country band with a matching set, although I sure it would work in any application. What are the specs? I have a slit drum made of padauk and it is a very musical wood.

The clear plastic badge is a one-of-a-kind touch, very classy and I've never seen it before. Do you do this with all your drums?
Thanks man! Appreciate the complement! I love Padauk. Mainly for its great deep red look, but it sounds great because it's one of the hardest woods I work with. I find it's harder than Bubinga and Jarrah. But unfortunately, because it is, staining / sealing takes twice as long!

It's a 14x5.5. 1/2 inch shell. Bullet lugs. 42 strand bronze wires. Trick TO. Bubinga hoops (fish rail routered). I'm using Remo CS batter and my own brand reso. I use it for contemporary rock sort of applications :)

Yep the clear perspex badge comes with my drums. I wanted something different, so I thought it would work well :)
 
I am astounded at your craftsmanship. Would you mind sharing a little on your technique? The shell is a tongue and groove, is it put together as sectioned octagon and then put on a lathe to turn it round?

I have asked questions of drum builders before and never get answers, I find it odd, even if they shared their build secrets, it still takes equipment and great knowledge and experience to still pull it off, so not sure what the big deal is.
Anyhow, amazing work.
Thanks man! Yep you guessed it. Glued and lathed. Depending on the timber, I sometimes source the shells from another secret supplier :p it's easier but a lot more expensive!

All bearing edges are routered. All holes by bench drill. All measuring by hand. I work on only a few drums at a time and I kinda treat each snare like my own. Keep my tolerances low and my customers happy!

You'd be surprised how easy it is if you're willing to put in a bit of time, effort and some money. But I'm sure some companies don't want to give away "secrets" because they have put many many hours and money into research and development to make a great sounding drum. To give someone else their R and D can cost them a lot of money. That's more than likely why they are a bit hesitant.

ALTERNATIVELY! Good old YouTube would be your best source of info because now there is loads of it posted on there :)
 

the_dude

Senior Member
Wow, they look like they have never been out to a gig. Is that the original front bass drum head? Cool old kit. I have owned a 1982 or 83 set with the wine finish and had a couple superstar snares including a white 8 inch deep one that was really nice.
Bought these a couple weeks ago off my local Craigslist.
$575. (Includes the matching 14" tom not in the picture.)
Pictured:
24" kick, 13" rack tom 16" floor tom
A few dings here and there but these are in excellent shape for as old as they are.
Yes that is the original head.
 

the_dude

Senior Member
Uniongoon is right, those drums look exquisite, brand new. They have been very well cared for. Natural maple is so nice and bright.

Nice congas and guitar in the background. Looks like a nice little place to jam.
Thanks! Luckily I have good neighbors since it's an upstairs bedroom.
 

uniongoon

Gold Member
You'd be surprised how easy it is if you're willing to put in a bit of time, effort and some money. But I'm sure some companies don't want to give away "secrets" because they have put many many hours and money into research and development to make a great sounding drum. To give someone else their R and D can cost them a lot of money. That's more than likely why they are a bit hesitant.

ALTERNATIVELY! Good old YouTube would be your best source of info because now there is loads of it posted on there :)[/QUOTE]

Thanks to you, I post a lot of my builds on another site, will put put some over here. I do everything short of building the shells and I am at the skill level now that it is starting to pique my interest to see if I could actually do the whole shebang. I build furniture, paint helmets bikes and cars, and pretty well do everything on my own, chronic do-it-yourselfer. To a fault actually, sometimes i am so determined to do things myself, it ends up costing me more in tools, supplies and mistakes that i could of paid a pro.
 

uniongoon

Gold Member
My latest build is coming along. I am using antique snare hoop claws. I discovered they are nickel plated brass, so they will polish up to match the lugs and the throw off I have on order.
The wood spacers were hand made out of cherry to space the lugs perfectly out from the shell to fit the hoops.

 
My latest build is coming along. I am using antique snare hoop claws. I discovered they are nickel plated brass, so they will polish up to match the lugs and the throw off I have on order.
The wood spacers were hand made out of cherry to space the lugs perfectly out from the shell to fit the hoops.
love the style! can't wait to see it finished!
 

Fishbones

Silver Member
My latest build is coming along. I am using antique snare hoop claws. I discovered they are nickel plated brass, so they will polish up to match the lugs and the throw off I have on order.
The wood spacers were hand made out of cherry to space the lugs perfectly out from the shell to fit the hoops.

Killer look -- is that a birdseye maple veneer?
 

Deathmetalconga

Platinum Member
My latest build is coming along. I am using antique snare hoop claws. I discovered they are nickel plated brass, so they will polish up to match the lugs and the throw off I have on order.
The wood spacers were hand made out of cherry to space the lugs perfectly out from the shell to fit the hoops.

Insane drum porn *fwip*fwip*fwip*fwip*fwip*fwip*fwip*fwip*fwip*fwip*fwip*fwip*fwip*fwip*fwip*fwip
 

uniongoon

Gold Member
maple shell, 10 ply with outer ply in birdseye maple. Bought off ebay from seller bri-1983.
A little pricey but very nice quality shell, insane seams and laminate.
 

Deathmetalconga

Platinum Member
maple shell, 10 ply with outer ply in birdseye maple. Bought off ebay from seller bri-1983.
A little pricey but very nice quality shell, insane seams and laminate.
I dig the wood hoops on the snare. Premier Signias had this. Very classy look. You will have a great drum when you are done. No way a stain could improve on nature in this case.
 
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