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Bart’s First Custom Drum Set Build

I just got this email from a friend in Hungary and wanted to share his experience with you! Bart’s first drum set is a beauty: Bart did an incredible job on building his very first custom drum set. Great job Bart! Below is an email conversation/interview that I had with Bart. He has lots of great drum building tips so …

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That’s one very large floor tom…

I just completed work on a 20″ floor tom and I couldn’t be more happy with the results. It’s huge, it’s beautiful, and it sounds like a cannon going off (or at least what I think a cannon sounds like, because I have actually never heard a cannon going off.) This was a fun build for me. This was the …

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Drums History

If you plan on building drums for any length of time, I would highly suggest taking some time to learn about the drums history. The history of drums date as far back to 6000 B.C. so If I were you I would get cracking! Here is some suggested reading for you to find out more: Drum History Books To be …

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Black Sparkle Custom Drum Set

P.Ellis Drums Black Sparkle Custom Drum Set I had a post in April talking a little about this kit, but I wanted to update you on the finished product. This is a very classic sized kit: 14×22, 8×13, and 16×16. I learned a lot from building this drum set. Just a few things I learned from this build: “Nonflammable” contact …

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My favorite Custom Drum Builders

Custom Drum Building Inspiration I recently received and email from someone that was about to start building their very 1st custom drum set. He asked me how I decide on the finish and hardware of a particular drum or drum set that I’m building. This question has always been tough for me because I don’t always feel creative. I do …

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What does “100% Maple” Drum Shell really mean?

Maple Drum Shells The other day I was looking around Guitar Center for some inspiration and ideas for a new kit I’m about to start building and happened upon a drum set that advertised 100% maple shells. The thing that struck me funny is that the drum set was only $599 for a complete drum set with mounting hardware (kick …

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Lessons Learned from: Contact Cement

Using Contact Cement to Apply Drum Wrap The past few weeks I’ve been waiting to get supplies in to build a new custom drum set for a P.Ellis Drums artist. I recently started the build process in my wood/drum shop. Like I have said before every time I build a new drum or drum set I learn something that changes …

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5 Thoughts on Drum Building Safety

Drum Building Safety Tips I have never had any major incidents when building drums, however there are some important safety precautions to take into consideration. Working with sharp powerful tools should make this obvious, but the joy and excitement of working with those tools can make thoughts of safety drift far away.  With that in mind here are 5 tips …

What I Learned On My Recent Drum Build

Don’t Miss a Learning Opportunity Every time I build a new custom drum or custom drum kit I learn something that can usually help me improve upon a similar drum set the next time around. Each new drum I build gets better and better and I find more efficient ways to do some of the drum building tasks. Most recently …