So welcome drummers! As I said in my about page this has been a bit of a journey - here's a couple of photos along the way...
So here's the first head I made all the way back in the summer of 2013 for master drummer/producer Emre Ramazanoglu - I originally had the plan of reusing and repurposing the metal hoops from old unused mylar heads (if you're anything like I am you'll have tonnes of those)... However, unfortunately that didn't work as the calfskin would add a couple of mm on to the width of the hoop and that would make the heads VERY snug, so my upcycling plan fell by the wayside. I thought about various options and it wasn't until later on that summer that I was tasked with doing a whole kit that I decided to work out how to steam bend wood for the hoops. I had to do this as the 12" on this Ludwig is a little bit bigger than 12" (vintage drum fans will understand that!). The minute I tried woodhoops - I made a discovery, there's something about the weight of wood that makes it way simpler to tuck - making it neater and quicker and 50% less cursing! Here's the finished article in the studio (teatowels added for that Ringo vibe):
Moving on from this kit i'd decided that wood hoops were the way forward and lots of trial and error was involved in making these - I'd steambent a bit before but not like this - eventually I hit on a recipe, which I'm afraid I'm keeping to myself! Here's an action shot of me bending this around a forming drum:
It was at this point I took the decision to offer only 14" as a startup size for the company - the more heads I made I became more confident at both tucking and steam bending and I look forward to making you a drum head - I chose 14" as I believe every drummer (or producer) should have at least one Snare drum with a calfskin on it, it gives a sonic option which is impossible to get with other heads, in the same way that a double ply head doesn't sound like a coated head etc etc. so I thought I would offer that first and test the water! I can do custom sizes as well, email me and lets talk! Here's a finished head played by me in the studio last weekend:
Recording geeks: Stereo Sony C48's in Blumlein (5 feet back) into a UA 610 pre then into Pro Tools, no further processing.
Hi there, James here. In this blog I'm going to look at all the stuff I'm working on. Expect drums, diy and audio nerdiness.