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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 …

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DRUM BUILDING GIVEAWAY!

Twitter users, I’m running a Twitter-only campaign in an effort to gain more followers, and to do so I am giving out random drum building supplies every week for the next 5 weeks! The drum building supplies the be given out are as follows: 14″ 10-hole Wood  snare drum hoops ($100 value) Sparkle and Glitter Wrap suitable for cutting inlay …

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How to Wrap a Drum Shell Part 2

How to Wrap a Drum Shell This is the 2nd and last post on how to wrap your drum shells! Enjoy! Check out the first post here. Another important blog post to view along with this post is “How to Keep your Wrap Seams From Coming Up“. Applying Contact Cement After you have made sure there is not sanding dust …