Excellence Is My Art
One of the great thrills of my early career was customizing a drumkit for Neil Peart.
So when the opportunity to own the shell-shaping molds and tools of one of the legendary vintage American drum brands arose, I invested my money - and my life - into bringing them up to 21st century standards and crafting Super Resonating® shells that surround punchy tom strokes with full, fat tone, make bass drums kick with big and round low end responses, and snares cut with a crisp articulate 'snap' that sings with resonance. Ply by ply, these drums move some serious air.
Our Super Resonating® shells deliver tons of tone. Players call it Stone Tone®.
I've studied the wood-sound relationship that made Rennaissance-era violins so resonant and tuneful. With that knowledge I personally select all our drum woods at the lumberyard, then my team and I cut, form, fabricate and finish the shells before adding whatever hardware the order specifies. We have total control over every aspect, from start to finish. Our target is tone... perfect tone.
People say these are the best sounding drums.
I see them as a portrait of the history of great American drum making... these classic vintage drums and sounds curated with care but improved in every possible way. We've evolved 20th century techniques into 21st century tone.
Many thanks to DRUM! Magazine and reviewer Brad Schlueter, whose review of our Verry Cherry drums is now also available online. As Brad noted, these drums feature a 3-ply all-cherry shell, with a solid tone-generating Rezo Core® at the center, so they are totally about tone.
We'll be at NAMM in a couple weeks, so come 'round and have a listen. Verry Cherry delivers handcrafted tone deluxe.
The Stone Custom Drum Niles shell pack has the heart and soul of a late-1970s Slingerland drum kit. In fact, it's a dead ringer. That's because the Niles' 5-ply shells are formed in the same molds Slingerland used for over half a century. With maple and poplar wood coming from the Great Lakes area and authentic reinforcement ring-less construction, they sing with the same brilliant attack and rich, open tone as the originals. They even look the part thanks to Slingerland-style appointments — Stick Saver hoops, bullet lugs, and amber-finished shell interiors. You truly won't find a production kit that comes as close to a classic Slingerland as the Stone Custom Drums Niles shell pack.
We're thrilled to have a drummer with the credentials as Nick D'Virgilio reviewing our drums. He is a tremendous musician and his enthusiasm for our products is a rush of wind in our collective sails.