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Custom Drum Building Drum Builder Profile: Brandon Blevins

Drum Building Profile: My name is Brandon Blevins, I live in Lebanon, VA and I’m 27 years old. I work as an environmental scientist / professional to semi professional drummer/bass player. I’ve been personalizing my drums since I first started playing around 16 years ago.  I have the desire to personalize almost everything I own, so naturally that translated to …

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Custom Drum Builder Profile: Kevin Bowen

Custom Drum Making Where do you live? Lakeland, Fl What are the sizes of the drums you built? 7×10 7×12 12×14 14×16 18×20 (depth x diameter) What type of shells did you use? Keller maple shells, 10, 12, 14 are 6 ply and 16, 20 are 8 ply

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Custom Drum Builder Profile: Justin Kochenberger

Custom Drum Making Name: Justin Where do you live? Philadelphia, Pa Drum Sizes Snare Drum – 14×8, Bass Drum – 26×16, Floor Tom – 16×16, Rack Tom – 13×8 What type of shells did you use? All shells are 8 ply Keller VSS Maple with reinforcement rings on the snare drum. What type of drum hardware did you use? All …

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Classy Custom Drum Pictures from K-Drums

Custom Drum Pictures From Drum Builders Every time I get pictures in an email from someone who has used my eBook as a guide to build their very own custom drums I feel like I was able to make a difference in someone’s life. Today I got some amazing pictures of drums that Niklas Kilenstam built. I highly suggest you …

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Bass Player – Turned Drummer Builds His 1st Custom Drum Set

Building a Custom Drum For The First Time This is a guest post from John A. Ledingham, PhD. He and his new custom drum set reside in Columbus, Ohio. I started out not as a drummer, but as a bass player in my hometown of Springfield, Ohio. One Thursday afternoon, the leader of a group I was playing bass with …

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Drum Builder Interview: Jeremy Wolfe’s 2nd Custom Drum Set

I recently had time to interview Jeremy Wolfe about his recent experience with building drums. This is the 2nd custom drum set he has built with the help of this site. Check out our conversation and pictures below! Makedrums: Can you tell us about the drums you’ve built? Jeremy: This is the second kit I have built. It’s the first …

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How to Refurbish an Old Drum Set – Breathe New Life Into Old Skins

Drum Restoration This is a guest post by Jon Lee of MNI Drumworks in Austin, TX. In the fall of 1993 my parents gave in.  The past 18 years had been a torturous, ear bleeding ordeal for both my Father and beautiful Mother.  I had slapped, hit, tapped, knocked, kicked, and played EVERYTHING in every house that we had ever …

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Classic Custom Drums by Brian Roberts

Starting a Custom Drum Company I’ve been chatting with Brian Roberts who has recently sent me some amazing pictures of the drums that he has built with the help of the eBook. I hope to post an interview with Brian soon to find out more about these amazing classic custom drums that he has set out to make a company …

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Jeremy’s Custom Snare Drum Pictures

I just got another email from a customer in San Angelo. I love getting these emails and sharing them all of my readers! I hope that these pictures and stories from other drum builders will help you realize that you can build drums! “Hi there! My name is Jeremy. I’m from San Angelo, TX. I just recently completed my first …