Stone Custom Drums has announced its new Super American Exotic snare drums. Stone is well known for its shells of exotic and North American woods, manufactured in Indiana. Now it is adding exotic drums that are built around a core of native woods such as cherry from Indiana. Stone also owns the original Slingerland shell molds and its designs are influenced by the golden age of American drum making.
The Super American Exotics are currently available in a choice of koa (above), rosewood, or bubinga over native wood cores. The 7-ply drums are available in 10-lug or 12-lug models, and in 14 x 5 1/2 to 14 x 6 1/2 sizes.
Nicholas took delivery of a sweet cherrywood kit and man do they look nice but the sound... Stay tuned because as soon as we get audio/video it's going up!...
Born in Albuquerque, NM and raised in Southern Colorado - Nicholas has had the opportunity to play with several great jazz artists. Playing music since he was 5 - Nicholas played Tenor Sax, Piano and Marimba but eventually found his voice on the drums. Focusing mostly on Jazz and being heavily influenced by artists such as Chick Corea and John Coltrane - Nicholas has used his playing as a vehicle to perform across the US and parts of Europe. Nicholas is focused on bringing The Delbert Anderson Trio's musical perspective to the Jazz scene.
The quality of their drums are amazing - not only are Bernie Stone (Owner and founder) and Kenton Snyder (Artist Relations) awesome guys...but what they've done with modernizing the Slingerland style of shell construction and vintage essence is amazing. They're truly artisan drums....these guys actually make the shells and work on the entire kit from the ground up....not just buying shells from Keller and slapping on some tube lugs like a lot of boutique drum guys are doing.
One of the best things about being able to "roll your own drumshells" is having the option to use whatever wood type one chooses. Koa has been a favorite among instrument builders for a very long time now due to its sonorous quality and incredible flamed finish. Not only does the kit look amazing, it sounds like nothing else. Crisp highs crack off of the toms while retaining a very low and rich frequency in the bottom spread.
So we prefer to think that in this case, we saved this drumkit from the fate of becoming a Ukelele... Luaus are fun and all...except for the pig!
The first video is done in a professional studio. The second band video was done live in the rehearsal hall with cheap CAD mics going into a Zoom R16 recorder. It's a good comparison of contrast in the way these drums sound.
Bill Ray throwing down on his Stone Custom Drums koa kit. For more info, check out: RDG - http://www.rdgrocks.com
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Break'n in our new rehearsal space, aka Romeo Delta Golf Studios. Features Bill Ray on drums and Deron Ireland on bass. Audio recorded using a Zoom R16 and merged with video footage using Move Edit Pro 2014. For more info, visit http://www.rdgrocks.com