Where can I find Birch Shells for building drums?

SGT_Drummer

Senior Member
Ok, so after 3 years of being away from my favorite community... I'm back! Now that that is out of the way, I have a question.

Scenario: I'm starting to build drums myself. I finally have most of the gear to take raw drum shells and turn them into something beautiful and unique both visually and acoustically. The set I want to build is inspired by Adam Deitch's second set in the Modern Drummer Festival 2010. The really small, simple, but amazing sounding set that was on his left and he only played for like 45 seconds. The specs are going to be 6", 10", 14" toms with a 18" bass drum and a 12" snare. The depths are still up in there air, but will probably be more on the shorter side. I'm going with 6 plys all around except for the bass which will be 8 ply. Smaller ply = more response / less volume so good for studio use and what not. http://mikedrums.com/tuning/shell.html ( << Great website if you want to see how all the differences in the shell like depth, ply, wood type, etc. affect your sound.)

Problem: I want to build this set out of birch due to the generally equalized highs, mids, and lows that are natural to birch shells. It's a good all around mix. However, I cannot find a custom drum supplier anywhere in the U.S. that offers birch shells. Everyone only wants to offer the "Keller VSS Maple" shells. The Keller's are great shells, just not what I want on this kit.

Does anyone know of a drum supplier, preferably U.S. but I might consider U.K., that supplies birch shells to custom sizing?

My only other thought is to scour ebay for shells that match my desires, strip them down and go from there. But that is an absolute last resort.
 

Andy

Administrator
Staff member
Smaller ply = more response / less volume so good for studio use and what not. http://mikedrums.com/tuning/shell.html ( << Great website if you want to see how all the differences in the shell like depth, ply, wood type, etc. affect your sound.)
Welcome back SGT :)

Don't get too hung up on the number of plies in a multiple ply shell. The number of plies makes very little difference compared to shell thickness. A 6mm 5 ply shell will sound almost identical to a 6mm 7 ply shell. The drum shell info on that site (although fundamentally correct in most areas) is straight from Pearl, so it's their specific take on stuff.

Anyhow, as Harry suggested, Eames make good shells, as does Gareth at http://www.highwooddrums.co.uk/
 

latzanimal

Silver Member
Keller sells VSS brich shells as well. Since Keller is based in NH, I'd contact them first. You can order direct from them with conditions..

If that doesn't work, then try AIT, they are based in CA, but stock Keller birch shells
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