The most beautiful drum shells finishes

I believe the finish has an impact on resonance of the shell itself and some resonate better than others. I prefer an oil/matte finishes opposed to gloss/lacquer. Wraps have their own sound. Some finishes look great in the day light but not so good in other lightings.
 
I believe the finish has an impact on resonance of the shell itself and some resonate better than others. I prefer an oil/matte finishes opposed to gloss/lacquer. Wraps have their own sound. Some finishes look great in the day light but not so good in other lightings.
That's an interesting point - has anyone actually carried out testing on this?
I would have thought the effect of wraps on the overall sound of the drum would be negligible...
 
That's an interesting point - has anyone actually carried out testing on this?
I would have thought the effect of wraps on the overall sound of the drum would be negligible...
Jammin Sam says it has no impact. But he's in business of selling wrap.

If a stained shell gets wrapped, it's adding mass, which should raise the pitch, and maybe shorten the note, but aid in unmiced projection. On paper.

How much you can hear that stuff....the world may never know lol.
 
That's an interesting point - has anyone actually carried out testing on this?
I would have thought the effect of wraps on the overall sound of the drum would be negligible...

Canopus claims to change their edge and shell construction according to their finish. This is getting into really small fine details, but drums are a simple instrument so several small details (if accounted) can contribute and only of course if a nuanced player can actually take advantage.

Conceptually it makes sense but really need a proper experiment to listen to. Shell resonance is a topic within itself, and it’s actual contribution to entire scope is relative and likely very small factor. Just for finishes, a wrap and non-wrap do not resonate a shell the same way, there is no way. Whether it’s audible depends but probably only noticeable in low or low-mid dynamic, not if slamin’ (speculating, seems to be the case on a multitude of different drum factors, a reason why can’t stand reviews that just bash). As for the lacquer vs non-lacquer, this really hasn’t evaluated properly either IMO but it essentially turns a drum into an M&M. If at the very least, wraps and lacquers change mass, not as drastic as other components of course.
 
That is Burl Ash - I had a Yamaha Pahax kit with that veneer and a turquoise burst over the veneer with gloss lacquer (see attachment). Great looking kit but very heavy shells to lug around
Cool. Burl ash. Really gorgeous. Very different from regular ash
 
I know I already posted a pic of some of these earlier in the thread, but when everyone’s together for a family portrait, it sure does make for a striking pic. I find myself staring at these a bit too much. Am I a creeper if they’re inanimate objects? :D Lower lighting deepens the hue of the Real Wood finish. Yummy...

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It's a hell of a veneer, eh?
 
No fades (leave that to Foose, he does it best), No burst finishes either. Solid, in ya face colours are my jam ('cept that nasty Sonor thing in the would you thread). and some of the sparkle wraps.

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I like understated finishes, no burst no fade.
Clear maple, Birdseye maple, black, slightly sparkle black, white, pearlescent white, transparent cherry, ... classic finishes.
I don’t like gold or black HW.
 
Even though it's a wrap on a semi lower end kit, I really dig this "Driftwood" wrap on the Mapex Mars series. Very cool looking!
 

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When I was a kid, someone told me to NEVER buy a sparkle drum set because I would get tired of the finish.

35+ years later, I've come to the conclusion that I will never ever get tired of sparkles, and I'm pretty sure that I will never buy another kit that's NOT sparkle. I own a red sparkle Ludwig Classic Maple and a teal sparkle Pork Pie USA custom.

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Check out this custom job below. This was THE kit that made me fall in love with Pork Pie drums. If I ever find this kit for sale, I will be buying it.

White sparkle lacquer with red sparkle lacquer diamonds. I love it.

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Ludwig Copper Rose Mist. This was only available for about 20 minutes back in 2019. It has since been discontinued.

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Since I can't find any drums in this finish like the one above, I think I'll be going with Ludwig Champaign (or Shampaign) sparkle:

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DW's broken glass drums are just magical. There is NEVER a good picture of them online. I guess the way the light catches the finish, pictures are never just right. The ones I've seen in person really pop.

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I like iconic finishes and I think depending on the make and model of your kit, you should get a suitable colour. If I was to buy a high end Yamaha it would either be solid black or natural. If I was to buy a Ludwig, I wouldn't consider the pattern finishes/flame maple/birdseye maple or any lacquer finish. When I hear Ludwig I associate it with "wrap finish", I would not look further than the oysters and sparkles.

My favourite drum up to date is Mike Johnston's Gretsch round badge 3 piece kit in blue sparkle. I consider that to be the prime example of a good looking drum kit.
 
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