Really cool drum badges from Sjc drums

SJC Custom Drums – Pictures and Videos from Winter NAMM 2012

In Drum Building Resources, Drums, Inspiration by Philip7 Comments

SJC Custom Drums

I had the honor to meet Mike Ciprari from SJC Custom drums at Winter NAMM this year.

SJC Custom Drums have always been a drum company that I look to for inspiration. They design some of the most innovative custom drums on the market these days. I’ve been following them ever since I started building drums in 2006. Each year they seem to up the ante. This year was no different. They are great about posting interesting pictures on Twitter. You might want to follow them.

Here is a quick video from the SJC Booth at NAMM.

I don’t know much about the exact specs of these drums, so if anyone does, feel free to leave a comment. My commentary on the drums may not correct or give much more input than the picture itself.

SJC Custom Drum Pictures from NAMM 2012

1. This snare drum really stood out to me. I have never seen a stitched wrap design on a snare. It looks like it was actually hand stitched by someone!

Hand sewn SJC stitched wrap snare drum

Vertical Inlay Custom Snare Drum

Another really interesting and unique inlay/wrap design.

Beautiful Custom Drum Set from SJC Drums

Snare Within a Snare

This snare requires 2 pictures. Someone on the Makedrums Facebook page called this snare “The Mother Of all Snares”. It kinda does look like a pregnant snare.

SJC mother snare pregnant with baby snare drum

Acrylic Snare Drum from SJC Drums

Internal Air Vent System on Custom Snare Drum

This is a really interesting drum. I’m not sure what to say about it! I don’t know if there is a special reason for the internal air venting. I sure would love to know!


Interesting and unique looking snare from sjc drums

Birdseye Maple Custom Drum Kit

This drum set was the focal point of the SJC booth. You see can all the incredible details in the pictures, and the drum heads light up!

Really cool drum badges from Sjc drums

Beautiful innovative custom drum set from SJC Drums

Sailor Themed Custom Snare Drum

Barber Shop Pole Stripe Sailor Theme Snare Drum – I’ve never seen anything like this. Great Idea to put rope in the hoop!

Striped SJC Snare Drum

Intricate Detail on this Snare Drum

Hybrid Snare with frosted acrylic. This is so detailed and intricate, I wouldn’t know where to begin building something like this.

SJC Hybrid snare drum with frosted acrylic

As you can see, SJC Drums make some amazing stuff. Let their work inspire you to create better drums!

What is your favorite design out of all the drums on this page? Leave a comment and let us know!




  1. hey everyone-
    just wanted to thank Philip for posting this. We’re really excited about the drums we made for the 2012 NAMM show.. I just wanted to chime in about a few of the drums in particular. We always try and make the “outside of the box” craziest stuff for NAMM, but also keep it traditional, classy, and most of all, functional.. that’s always been our style. We love building crazy stuff, but like to keep to a nice vintage style, and always functional.

    The main display kit was a light up birdseye maple kit with hand cut wood badges, brass hardware, and aged white inlays in the 2.3mm hoops. we love the natural colors, and light up kits have been quite popular as of late, so we figured we’d showcase a lit wood kit that we built.

    All the snares we brought we thought were rad and showcased our quality and innovation, but the 2 were most excited to unveil were the snare inside a snare, and the tube snare.

    If I have to say “snare inside a snare” one more time I might go crazy.. but that’s why we built it.. so everyone stopped and asked “what is that?!” ..well, it’s a snare inside a snare. we wanted to make peoples heads turn, and really to see what a snare inside a snare would look and sound like. So one of our main builders here, PJ, mounted this little 4×8 maple snare inside a 14″ acrylic shell (acrylic really just so you could see through it), and we put snare wires on both shells, and a little 2″ vent on the top of the 8″ snare.. it sounded and looked awesome. with both snare wires on, you got a real nice crisp attack and a TON of sensitivity. with the 14″ wires turned off, you still had the 8″ snare response, and a nice deep fat tone.. which was awesome.

    the tube snare was kind of the same idea. Josh and I had the idea to make a DNA helix looking drum, with PVC tubes molded inside the shell, with LED lights inside the tubes so just the tube glowed. It turned into something we were way more stoked on, and after frosting the whole shell, it looked like a piece of ice.. the purple hardware accented the shell perfectly, so we just vented the tube with black and purple vents, and didn’t put the lights in it. It sounded insane, and you could really tell that the air was escaping from just the tube, not through the entire shell. A lot of people at NAMM said it sounded like a marching snare, and it did.. super crisp and sensitive, with a ton of snare response. You can get crazy using different mic techniques inside the tube too.

    That’s it for now.. we’ve already begun designing for NAMM 2013 and can’t wait to start building for it later this year!!

    Thanks for checking it out!!

    Mike/SJC Custom Drums

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    Rock on my freind…………..Marco J. Vigil

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