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True custom!
We allow you to use your imagination in designing your perfect custom drums. From classic, conservative sizes and finishes to extreme and unorthodox sizes - we can build what you desire.

 

Complete Kits

The sky is the limit!
We can help you design drums to the specifications that best suit your needs. Kits can be configured in any number of pieces and drum sizes are limitless. You may also choose all mount/hardware locations, as well as the brand and type of heads with which your kit will be furnished.

 

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Our goal is to help you design the ultimate custom drums for YOU!
Whether you plan on building your own drums, or having us construct them for you, the charts below will help you choose all the parts and options that you might need.

 

Guide for designing kits

Parts and services to consider
when designing kits

Where to look for help

Shell type

See here

Drum size (depth x diameter)

See here

Shell thickness (ply #)

See here

Reinforcing rings? (optional)

See here

Bearing edge style

See here

Color / finish

See our Wrap section

Lug type & color

See Lugs

Tension rod length & color

See Tension Rods

Rim type & color

See Counter Hoops (Rims)
or Wood Hoops

Drum Support System? (optional)

See DSS

Mounting bracket type

See Tom Mounts

Mounting location

See here

Breather hole? Location

See here

Heads - brand and model

See here

 

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Nesting kits

Precision Nesting Kits allow for compact storage and travel by nesting one drum inside another. Our unique “alignment ring” design insures there is no loss of sound quality. Many size options are possible, but there must be a 3” difference in diameter in order for one drum to nest inside another. Contact us to discuss design ideas.

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Customer Feedback:
Read what our customers say about our Custom Kits:

What can I say? I'm really at a loss for words when it comes to  capturing the essence of excellence in this instrument! This is a drum set that far exceeds my expectations. The tonality alone is  exceptional, the workmanship is top-notch, and the appearance is  unbelievable. Quite simply, Precision drums are the best I've ever heard.....Thank you for giving me the opportunity to find the instrument I have been searching for for the last 40 years!!
John Marshall

I've played a LOT of drums over the years, from vintage kits to top of the line brand new kits and pretty much every thing in between. Never have I  been so speechless as when I pulled my Precision drums out of the boxes. The  craftsmanship is beautiful, they sound like nothing I've ever played before,  and everyone I've dealt with at the company has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make sure I was happy and that the drums were right for me.
Jeff Gretz

So, I've just seen and heard my second Precision Drum kit in the last month or so, and this time, the drummer was kind enough to let me tap around the skins for a bit. It was then that a strange sinking feeling hit me: that of needlessly dropping a ton of dough on my new DW kit. Don't get me wrong, the DWs are a top-flight kit, as is yours...but to have gotten EXACTLY the drums I always wanted, and for considerably less money (...heavy sigh). BTW, those wood hoops of yours are very cool!
I promise you, when it's time to once again assemble my "dream kit," I will look no further than Precision Drum. If only I had known about your company before!
You guys may very well be the best-kept secret in the business...and you deserve to be out front!
Whatever you're doing, keep up the good work. Your product is fantastic.
Frank L.

I am a tone and gear freak! All my gear has to perform at its best and sound its best. Not one drum company has satisfied me... that was until I played a Precision! These drums are loud, unbelievable sounding and can take a beating. Precision Drums has never failed me. I am forever grateful for having such an amazing company support me.
Jay Gantz

THESE DRUMS ARE THE BEST SOUNDING DRUMS I HAVE EVER PLAYED, AS WELL THE MOST  BEAUTIFUL DRUMS I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!
Seth Faulk

I have been playing Precision Drum Company drums since early 1995. The first kit Gary and George built me was a 20/12/14 jazzer. I had it custom finished with 7 coats of hand rubbed clear lacquer… there has never been a sweeter sounding drum kit EVER... I also had an enormous double bass drum kit built in my hardcore metal days…. Most recently, they built me my newest baby, an 18/10/12/14 bop kit in Champagne sparkle to get back to my jazz roots…. The attention to detail and the careful, individualized treatment that they give you makes every inch of your drums into a truly custom kit… such care and love of the instrument truly warms my heart and this so far out shadows my experiences with any other company. All of this, is not even to mention the most accurate bearing edges and clearest, most beautiful sound I’ve ever heard from any drum at any price. They are simply the best.
Mike Bernazzani

Very few times a company comes along with the perfect combination of craftsmanship, sound and art. From the construction and appearance of the drums, to the world-class Precision Drum sound, is something that most of us only dream about in a drum set and in a company. It´s even rarer to find a company with a staff of unbelievable dedicated and talented drummers who above all are caring people and good friends. I can honestly say that Precision Drum Company covers all my expectations and broadly exceeds them. I’m honored and proud to be associated with Precision Drum Company.
Gonzalo Suárez

Incredible company,  incredible drums, incredible service. I could not be happier with the set  that those fine folks at Precision Drum Co. made customized for me. They've got themselves a life-long customer.
Jordan Marcellus, 2005

I like Precision because of the bright and true sound of the drums, and the light weight materials available. They sound just right for Jazz.
Marvin ‘Bugalu’ Smith

I have played many drum kits, a lot of which I came to like over time. I have never fallen in love with a drum set until I went to Precision drums. As soon as I walked into their shop, I was amazed by all the vintage wraps they had, and the different drum kits. The people there were, and still are very friendly, and invited me to play the drums in the showroom. I'm very picky with my drum sound, so I look for certain characteristics in a drum kit. I tested out their beautiful kits and was amazed by the sound and the resonant tone. The drums are also incredibly easy to tune because of precision’s standard 45 degree bearing edges. I  gave them my specs and they worked really quickly and they didn't lower the quality of their work because I was young. I am also thankful to the people at Precision for giving me an endorsee deal at such a young age. The bands I play for love the way my drums sound and its all thanks to precision. - Aaron Steele

I like Precision Drums natural wood sound. I know from visiting the factory that they put a lot of care and close inspection into every drum they produce, unlike many mainstream drum companies who rely more on machines. They are also easy to carry because they’re light weight
Andrew Greeney

Precision Drum Co. is another way of saying amazing. Everything from the raw shell to the  completed drum is perfection.  Everyone at Precision is very helpful and actually cares about your needs.  When I ordered a snare from  Precision, it was so easy, fast and I got exactly what I wanted before the estimated time of arrival.  This was amazing because previous drum companies I have dealt with were less than mediocre.  When I received my snare  and realized how great it was, I didn't hesitate to order a whole kit.  My kit is the most amazing sounding and looking kit I could ever ask for. Thanks for making such great  drums.
Jason Baksh

Now I have 2 complete sets of Precision drums ... As a semi-professional drummer who does free-lance work, I play in a variety of venues, from outdoor festivals to small restaurant lounges. With these drums I can now mix and match to get whatever combination is best suited for the job. I can say without exaggeration that at almost every gig I've taken them, somebody, drummer or non-drummer, has made a comment on how good my kit looks and/or sounds. So once again, thank you very much for a fine product and excellent service.
David Barbour, April 2001

The time you spent with me in planning out my kit is much appreciated.
You can't get that from the big companies. Your attention to detail,
knowledge and professionalism is absolutely wonderful and very helpful.
Tom Gallagher 2005

gregI’ve had some time now to settle into my new drums and so here I am, writing to share with you just how pleased and thankful I am for your service and your product. With your guidance I designed my 7-peice, dream drumset-of-a-lifetime. I honestly could not be happier with the sound and feel of my drums! And the fact that you agreed to let me do the finish myself helped make the drums just that much more special to me. So basically, thank you for helping me to fulfill my drumkit dreams!
In the interest of tone and resonance, Gary, you encouraged me to visit your shop and talk drums. It was more than clear to me that our 2 hour(!!) conversation in the showroom was only the beginning of the wonderful service and attention you would pay to me. You patiently poured over every detail of shells (like depth v. diameter and breather holes or not) and hardware with me and addressed all my concerns regarding finish choices and methods. Your forthcoming advice-from-experience was very helpful and saved me from some of my own costly trial and error. So thank you for that!
You were fair and easy to deal with about shipping shells back and forth, swapping a shell that I had concerns about, and exchanging mistakenly ordered hardware. This is definitely one of the many pleasures I enjoyed while dealing with your company.
The drums: Having never owned a true all-maple drumset, you can imagine how this has been my dream. Punch, warm tone, and sustain pretty much sums up what I was looking for in my new kit, and most drummers know that you don’t have to look much further than maple drums to achieve those sound qualities. Again, with your guidance, I chose 6 ply rack toms and snare drum, and 8 ply floor toms and bass drum. Needless to say, I just melt into these drums when I play them. They’re everything I’ve ever wanted.
Without sounding too weird… there is something special about playing an instrument that is so in tune with you that it’s like a part of you. This often happens when one crafts one’s own instrument. Ask any Native American flute maker or any African djembe maker how amazing it is to play an instrument that he has poured time and sweat into before it could even make any music. It just becomes an extension of your self. I’ve been fortunate to experience this not only with my new Precision drums, but also through skinning and playing my own djembes.
OK, granted… I didn’t MAKE my drums, nor did I drill any holes. But, I did lovingly and painstakingly sand the heck out of the raw shells (LOTS of sanding!!) and very nervously applied pre-stain, Minwax gel stain, and wipe on polyurethane with very pleasing results. Actually, if I do say so myself, I’m thrilled with the way they look!! Just icing on the cake though, as I’m really focused on how great my drums sound. And nevertheless, I had SOMEthing to do with the finishing of these drums, so they are truly a part of me now!
Well, I feel I’m rambling a bit. If I truly wanted to cover everything we did, and every aspect you helped me on, this would be a four-page letter and hey, I DON’T have a BLOG!! I had to get this to you though to express my sincere appreciation for all you’ve done for me and for being an absolute pleasure to work with. I look forward to building more instruments with you and your fine company.
Sincerely,
Greg DiMiceli

DavidTShort Version:
Simply put, Precision Drums are the best sounding, best looking drums I have ever played. My set has performed well in every situation I’ve put it through, and are tough enough to handle the rigors of touring.

Long Version:
Let’s start with a simple statement of fact: Precision Drums are awesome. My set is the most responsive, beautiful sounding, and beautiful looking kit that I have ever played. The finish is striking and masterfully done. In fact, as soon as I have them out of the cases, I have people coming up to ask me who made them.
As to the details of the construction of the drums, I selected a 20 ply maple snare (4x14).This is the first time that I have used such thick wood on a snare, and the extra plys have an interesting effect on the tone. Tuned tightly, it produces a strong, wood-tinged pop with dark edges, and the tone is strong enough that it can clearly cut through other instruments on stage without needing to be cranked to marching-snare level tightness. Hitting near the edge of the head causes the higher frequencies of the wood to respond, so the result is a startlingly different ringing snap. Also, in part due to the thicker shells, rim clicks from this drum are positively deafening.
The toms (9x12, 13x16 – Maple, 8 ply) ring out loud and clear. They can also handle different types of heads and different muffling styles, so you can suit them to the situation easily. The tone is both warm and vibrant, and the wood responds well to even light pressure.
The bass drum (18x22, Maple, 8-ply) is definitely a professional’s instrument. It produces tons of sound, and there are many options as to how to shape and direct that sound. The shell of the bass is very responsive, so it will ring strongly without having to pound the drum as hard as you can (although I still tend to do that anyways). I use a muffled batter side head to balance the sound with the other instruments, but that does not detract from the satisfying THOOMP you get out of it. It’s basically a made-to-order producer of awesome.
The whole process of designing the kit was greatly facilitated by Gary and the rest of the team at Precision Drum Company. They were able to take my half-baked ideas and turn them into something tangible, and could answer every question I had with an amazing wealth of knowledge. This drum set is going to last years, and is one of the best that you’ll be able to find anywhere.
David Tilove - Woodward

I'd like to extend a big time thanks to Gary and The Precision Drum Team for taking the quality time and care to build me my dream drum kit. Simple - like my drumming style - 4 pieces  - mahogany shells - blue sparkle wrap. I've learned to play in the pocket all my life. But I rely on a thunderous, yet bright and warm, drum sound. And with this kit - I get the  best of all World's.
Working with Gary and the PD Team was spectacular. And when I  visited the factory to pick up my brand new custom kit, it was really cool. I got the nickel tour and was blown away seeing the first class materials used,  the workmanship and quality control.
Most importantly, my new custom PD kit was ready just in time to prepare for out Tour with the Brian Setzer Orchestra in Fall of  2007. We rocked 25 cities, 29 venues. New York to California and back -  every show sold out. Thanks to Precision Drum, the compliments from the sound crew were almost daily. I would recommend PD to anyone. But don't take my  word for it - call PD, ask for Gary and tell him to build you YOUR dream set  up. Rockin' Always ~ Yours Truly ~
Wally Wollet

eric-puente1Thank you for me custom (small) bass drum!!  I described what I
wanted over the phone, and I had it in hand less than 1 week later!!
It is an 18-inch x 6-inch maple bass drum. I got to use it for
the first time this weekend, and it sounded 5X as big as it was.
It is perfect for my smaller, percussion-only, gigs!
Best, Eric Puente

I've had my Silver Sparkle toms you made for about a month now and have put them though the paces. I just would like to tell you how happy I am with them. The workmanship is top notch and most importantly the sound is out of this world. People who have heard them are very impressed. I am headed into the recording studio soon and can't wait to hear the final output.
Thanks and keep up the good work!
Mark Bonasera

Over the years, I have played drums made by just about every large commercial company known to the trade. In early 2005, the time came for me to purchase a new drum kit. It was then that I realized that there were so many directions a drummer in my position could turn. After researching my options and talking with other experienced drummers, I arrived at the decision to go with custom built drums over the "prefab-made" route. It was then that I did some homework and quickly found out about the Precision Drum Company. Not only did I discover the quality of their products to be top-notch, I soon realized that by working closely with Precision, it would allow me the freedom to choose options that I wanted on my drum kit that the large commercial companies could just never offer. Now, as I continue to work with the Precision Drum Company on the design of a second kit, I realize that I have found the last company that I will ever need when it comes to the construction of my custom drums.
As a proud endorser of Precision Drums, I welcome any questions you might have regarding my positive experiences with them. Choose Precision Drum Company, and you too, will realize what I now know as fact.... Excellent customer service, a friendly, knowledgeable staff, and superior quality drums made to your specifications. Now that is Precision!
Ed Thompson

mahogany-kit102Just wanted to let you know how much I'm enjoying the drums recently purchased from you.  The set truly has "a big kit sound."  I've started gigging again after a 15 year break to raise a daughter.  The other  musicians I play with claim the Precisions are louder and crisper than the  1968 Ludwigs I normally use (which you fixed for me a few years ago).  And,  they're a heck of a lot easier to pack around and set up, especially for a "vintage drummer"!  Keep up the good work!  I'm proud to show off the  Precision logo on the front of the bass drum during jobs.  I get a lot of complements on the look, and of course sound of the drums.
Bob Newton

TrevorHall1About a year ago I bought the used 8x14 40 ply snare and designed what I call the GnG kit (Green and Gold kit) with you guys for me. First off let me say that the kit is amazing it’s everything I’ve ever wanted in a drum set. It looks amazing and sounds amazing. The Kick drum is the best sounding kick drum I’ve ever played and nothing comes close to
replicating it. When I purchased this kit from you I had 5 other drum sets. I’m happy to say I now only have the GnG kit. This is how impressed I am with this kit that I sold all my other kits and only play the GnG kit. The 40 ply snare is also amazing. No other snare on the market comes close. The Crack and tone of the drum are in other world as far as snare drums go. Many of my drummer friends try to one up my snare sound by going out and buying many different snare drums to compete and every time are dissatisfied. Sound engineers and other drummers are just in awe of this snare and the kit as well. People usually come up to me and say I’ve never seen a drum set as beautiful
as that. - Trevor Hall

I just purchased a  Precision kit used with short stack toms and I absolutely love it.
I had a DW and sold it becuz these drums kick its butt.
Ozzie Jimenez

 

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Snare Drums

Custom snare drums are available in 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 inch diameters, and virtually any depth - with shell thickness as thin as 5 ply (0.13 inch, 3.3 mm), as thick as 50 ply (1.32 inch, 33.5 mm), and almost any thickness in between.
Choose from triple flange, die cast, or wood rims. Other options include large vent holes, custom finishes, and choice of lug and strainer design.

See our shell section for information on the many options available in shell materials and construction..

 

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Guide for designing snares

Parts and services to consider
when designing Snare Drums

Where to look for help

Shell type

See here

Drum size (depth x diameter)

See here

Shell thickness (ply #)

See here

Reinforcing rings? (optional)

See here

Bearing edge style

See here

Snare Bed

See here

Color / finish

See our Wrap section

Lug type & color

See Lugs

Tension rod length & color

See Tension Rods

Rim type & color

See Counter Hoops (Rims)
or Wood Hoops

Strainer (Throwoff ) & Butt end

See Strainers

Throwoff location

See here

Snare Wires

See Snare Wires

Breather hole? Location

See here

Heads - brand and model

See here

Shell type:
Maple is the choice of most drummers. However, Keller shells are now available in other types of wood, combinations, materials,  and construction methods. See our Shell section for more information on shell types.

Drum size:
Diameters available for Maple Snares:
8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16.

We can provide any available shell diameter in any depth you want.

For shell types other than Maple, see our Shell section for detail on size offerings.

Shell thickness ( ply # ):

Maple shells are available in 5, 6, 8, and 10 ply.

Maple Shell thickness chart

Ply #

Average Thickness

5

0.13” ( 3.3 mm )

6

0.16” ( 4.0 mm )

8

0.21” ( 5.4 mm )

10

0.26” ( 6.7 mm )

15

0.39” ( 10 mm )

 

 

 

Snare shells with a maximum depth of 8” are also available in 20, 30, 40, and 50. We can provide other ply configurations as special order items.

Maple Shell thickness chart
8” maximum depth

Ply #

Average Thickness

20

0.52” ( 13.4 mm )

30

0.78” ( 20.1 mm )

40

1.04” ( 26.8 mm )

50

1.30” ( 33.5 mm )

 

 

 

Thin shells have a “warm” sound and a slightly softer stick response. Thick shells have “brighter” attack, a little more volume, a slightly “harder” stick response.

Reinforcing rings are recommended in 5 and 6 ply snare shells.

For shells other than Maple, see our Shell section for detail on shell thickness offerings.

Reinforcing Rings:
Reinforcing rings are optional in all Maple shells.
Traditionally used in steam bent shells to hold the shell “in round”, Reinforcing rings are not necessary in Keller Maple shells for that reason. We recommend their use in 5 ply snare shells for the reason of shell stability and strength.
Reinforcing Rings effect on sound is somewhat mysterious, controversial, and often misunderstood. Some believe they dampen resonance, “focus” the sound, and raise the shell's pitch. Although all may be true when studied in a physics class, it is important to keep in mind that the human ear may not detect some of the subtle effects on sound.
When used on thin maple shells for stability reasons, their effect on sound can hardly to viewed as negative. They provide the added strength that the thin shells need, while allowing the warmth of the thin shell sound.

Bearing edge type:
Around 95% of the drums we build have “double 45” bearing edges, which give maximum resonance, clarity, and tuneability. A round edge is sometimes requested when a more “vintage” sound is desired from a modern Maple shell. Single 45 and 30 degree edges are rarely asked for, but we are happy to accommodate.

Snare Bed:
A snare bed is a shallow, gradual relief cut in the bottom bearing edge of a snare drum, at the area where the snare wire straps cross the bearing edge to meet the throwoff and butt end. When tightened, the drum head will follow the snare bed contour, allowing the snare wires to make contact with the head in the center of the shell diameter.

Snare beds are required on all snare drum shells unless you will be using a special “active” snare wire mechanism.

Throwoff & Butt end locations:
Let us know where you like the snare throwoff to be positioned while you’re playing. This will allow us to orient the throwoff accordingly, and in conjunction with the location of the wrap (or natural finish wood) seam.

Breather Hole locations:
Breather holes between 3/8” to 1/2” in diameter are placed in the back of all drums, unless otherwise requested.
If you desire large air holes, specify hole size, number of holes, and their locations.
Note: large air holes increase volume and attack, while reducing the tone of the shell sound.

Heads:
We will provide any drum head model from the following manufacturers:
Aquarian
Attack
Evans
Remo

 

Customer Feedback:
Read what our customers say about our snare drums:

I just wanted to tell You how happy and pleased I am with the drum that
You built me just recently. I had let You build an 3x8 snare drum, it
was a bit of an experiment for me since I had never heard or seen such
a small snare before.
Talking to my good friend and Precision Drum endorsee Zoltan Csorsz he
mentioned if there was one company in the world that could build such
a drum it was You.
He was so right, the drum You sent me was beyond my wildest dreams.
I am very, very thankful and happy to have come across such magnificent
craftsmanship and such professionalism all the way through the
process, from ordering and handling and so on.
Many many thanks and a big salute to You guys!
Tomas Erlandsson, Sweden

I ordered the acrylic snare drum from you on Monday and I already got it on Wednesday evening. I just wanted to say that I was amazed at how fast you got it to me and even more amazed at how perfect the snare drum is. Thank You for the great service.
Chris

I received my 20 ply snare today, and I have to say that it came out amazing.  Everything is done exactly the way I wanted and with excellent quality.  Thanks for doing such an awesome job.
Gabe Solomon

stumpyPrecision1stumpy102I have done my first few shows now on my new 30-ply 8x12 snare and 6-ply 8x7 rack tom, and I couldn't be more pleased! They sound and look awesome, and I can't count the number of great comments I had about the sound and look of each after the shows. Every drummer in the room wanted to check out that snare! Precision Drum Co.'s personalized and friendly service was excellent as they built the snare of my dreams to my exact specifications, and the finished drum far exceeded my expectations. It has the balance of a sharp crack and full body that I have been searching for in a snare drum. The rack tom produces an incredibly full sound for such a small drum, and like the snare looks as great as it sounds. I look forward to completing my full kit of Precision Drums!
Stumpy

sompop1My custom Precision snare drum looks and sounds great!
Sompop from Thailand

 

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Bass Drums

Bass drums can be made in virtually any size to meet your playing needs. We have built bass drums from 12 inch diameter to 28 inch diameter, and as long as 72 inches. See our shell price list for standard size shells, or contact us for custom sizes.

Monster Bass Drums!
Bass drum shells are available in maximum lengths of 24 inches for one piece construction. We can custom build longer shells by notching and gluing more than one shell together to achieve any length!

Bass drums can be made with our “split / latch” feature, which allows the drum to be opened by releasing three latches. Other drums (or gear) can be stored and transported inside for convenience. Our latching system achieves precision alignment of shell halves, and no noticeable loss in sound quality.

 

Guide for designing Bass Drums

Parts and services to consider
when designing a Bass Drum

Where to look for help

Shell type

See here

Drum size (depth x diameter)

See here

Shell thickness (ply #)

See here

Reinforcing rings? (optional)

See here

Bearing edge style

See here

Color / finish

See our Wrap section

Lug type & color

See Lugs

Tension rod length & color

See Tension Rods

Hoop type & color

See  Wood Hoops

Bass Drum Tom Mount?

See Bass Mounts

Mounting location

See here

Claw type

See Claws

Spur type

See Spurs

Riser?

See Bass Mounts

Breather hole? Location

See here

Heads - brand and model

See here

Shell type:
Maple is the choice of most drummers. However, shells are now available in other types of wood, combinations, and construction methods. See our Shell section for more information on shell types.

Drum size:
Diameters available for Maple Bass Drums:
12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, and 28 inch.

We can provide any available shell diameter in any depth you want. However, each Bass drum diameter has a maximum “one piece construction” depth of 24”. If that depth is exceeded, the shell will be constructed from more than one shell segment, using a notch and glue method. With this construction, seams are strong and durable, but we cannot guarantee that seams will be smooth in all areas. The notch and glue method can only be done using Maple shells of 8 or 10 ply thickness.

For shell types other than Maple, see our Shell section for detail on size offerings.

Shell thickness ( ply # ):
Maple shells are available in 5, 6, 8, and 10 ply.

Maple Shell thickness chart

Ply #

Average Thickness

5

0.13” ( 3.3 mm )

6

0.16” ( 4.0 mm )

8

0.21” ( 5.4 mm )

10

0.26” ( 6.7 mm )

 

 

 

 

Some Bass drum shell sizes are not available in 5 and 6 ply. See shell size charts for details.

Thin shells have a “warm” sound and a slightly softer beater response. Thick shells have “brighter” attack, a little more volume, a slightly “harder” beater response.

Reinforcing rings are recommended in 5 ply and 6 ply Bass drum shells.

For shells other than Maple, see our Shell section for detail on shell thickness offerings.

Reinforcing Rings:
Reinforcing rings are optional in all Maple shells.
Traditionally used in steam bent shells to hold the shell “in round”, Reinforcing rings are not necessary in Keller Maple shells for that reason. We recommend their use in 5 ply and  6 ply Bass drum shells for the reason of shell stability and strength.
Reinforcing Rings effect on sound is somewhat mysterious, controversial, and often misunderstood. Some believe they dampen resonance, “focus” the sound, and raise the shell's pitch. Although all may be true when studied in a physics class, it is important to keep in mind that the human ear may not detect some of the subtle effects on sound.
When used on thin maple shells for stability reasons, their effect on sound can hardly to viewed as negative. They provide the added strength that the thin shells need, while allowing the warmth of the thin shell sound.

Bearing edge type:
Around 95% of the drums we build have “double 45” bearing edges, which give maximum resonance, clarity, and tuneability. A round edge is sometimes requested when a more “vintage” sound is desired from a modern Maple shell. Single 45 and 30 degree edges are rarely asked for, but we are happy to accommodate.

Mounting Bracket location:
If you decide to mount a Tom or Toms on the Bass drum, please provide us with location information. Otherwise, we will center the mount on the top of the bass drum shell.

Breather Hole locations:
Breather holes between 3/8” to 1/2” in diameter are placed on the bottom of all Bass drums, unless otherwise requested.

Heads:We will provide any drum head model from the following manufacturers:
Aquarian
Attack
Evans
Remo

 

 

Customer Feedback:
Read what our customers say about our Bass Drums:

Unbelievable!! Your work is flawless! I am going to replace the 14x24 that I have, with this new one which I know will sound like a monster.
Tom Maffucci 2003

 

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Toms

Tom size offerings are virtually unlimited. Choose from any available diameter, at ANY depth! As with all of our drums, shells are available in 5, 6, 8, and 10 ply, and can be mixed or matched. See our Shells section for more information on configuration details.

 

 

Guide for designing Toms

Parts and services to consider
when designing Toms

Where to look for help

Shell type

See here

Drum size (depth x diameter)

See here

Shell thickness (ply #)

See here

Reinforcing rings? (optional)

See here

Bearing edge style

See here

Color / finish

See our Wrap section

Lug type & color

See Lugs

Tension rod length & color

See Tension Rods

Rim type & color

See Counter Hoops (Rims)
or Wood Hoops

Drum Support System? (optional)

See DSS

Mounting bracket type

See Tom Mounts

Mounting location

See here

Breather hole? Location

See here

Heads - brand and model

See here

Shell type:
Maple is the choice of most drummers. However, shells are now available in other types of wood, combinations, materials, and construction methods. See our Shell section for more information on shell types.

Drum size:
Diameters available for Maple toms:
6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, and 20 inch.

We can provide any available shell diameter in any depth you want. However, each diameter has a maximum “one piece construction” depth. If that depth is exceeded, the shell will be constructed from more than one shell segment, using a notch and glue method. With this construction, seams are strong and durable, but we cannot guarantee that seams will be smooth in all areas. The notch and glue method can only be done using Maple shells of 8 and 10 ply thickness.

For shell types other than Maple, see our Shell section for detail on size offerings.

Shell thickness ( ply # ):
Maple shells are available in 5, 6, 8, and 10 ply.

Maple Shell thickness chart

Ply #

Average Thickness

5

0.13” ( 3.3 mm )

6

0.16” ( 4.0 mm )

8

0.21” ( 5.4 mm )

10

0.26” ( 6.7 mm )

 

 

 

Thin shells have a “warm” sound and a slightly softer stick response. Thick shells have “brighter” attack, a little more volume, a slightly “harder” stick response.

Reinforcing rings are recommended in most 5 ply shells, and larger diameter 6 ply shells.

For shells other than Maple, see our Shell section for detail on shell thickness offerings.

Reinforcing Rings:
Reinforcing rings are optional in all Maple shells.
Traditionally used in steam bent shells to hold the shell “in round”, Reinforcing Rings are not necessary in Keller Maple shells for that reason. We recommend their use in most 5 ply shells, and larger diameter 6 ply shells for the reason of shell stability and strength.
Reinforcing Rings effect on sound is somewhat mysterious, controversial, and often misunderstood. Some believe they dampen resonance, “focus” the sound, and raise the shell's pitch. Although all may be true when studied in a physics class, it is important to keep in mind that the human ear may not detect some of the subtle effects on sound.
When used on thin maple shells for stability reasons, their effect on sound can hardly be viewed as negative. They provide the added strength that the thin shells need, while allowing the warmth of the thin shell sound.

Bearing edge type:
Around 95% of the drums we build have “double 45” bearing edges, which give maximum resonance, clarity, and tuneability. A round edge is sometimes requested when a more “vintage” sound is desired from a modern Maple shell. Single 45 and 30 degree edges are rarely asked for, but we are happy to accommodate.

Mounting Bracket locations:
When “Drum Support Systems” are not being used, some thought should be given to the locations of mounting brackets. The orientation of a drum is determined by the location of the seam in the wrap or naturally finished shell. In an effort to “hide” the seam in the back of the drum, the mount location becomes important. Consider where the drum will be mounted from, and how the drum will be positioned within your setup. It may be beneficial to draw a simple top view diagram of your drum setup, with mount locations in place, and seams facing the drummer.

Floor tom leg brackets will be mounted in standard three leg positioning.

Breather Hole locations:
Breather holes between 3/8” to 1/2” in diameter are placed in the back of all drums, unless otherwise requested.

Heads:
We will provide any drum head model from the following manufacturers:
Aquarian
Evans
Remo

 

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