Shells and bearing edges
There are a lot of companies out there that put so much of their excellence into the aesthetic of the drum, many lacking the effort or ability to really get you the character and quality of sound you are looking for. We want to help you make the right choices. Picking the right shell is important. Reading through here will give you a better understanding of what to look for. If you haven't already, go look through our series... that can also help paint a picture for you as to what you might be looking for. Whether you go with a series or fully custom, it's good to educate yourself on what is going to best fit your needs.
The sound you get from maple has strong projection with a healthy balance of high's, mid's and low's. Usually achieved with a high quality maple. With proper tuning knowledge this kit can reach just about any sound you want and is popular for recording in the studio.
This is what many drummers are looking for and don't know it. Most want something like a kanon... "i want a big fat sound" they say and then end up dampening it like crazy just to get rid of the overtones.
With the mahogany and your standard dimensions you can get an incredibly pure and warm sound. It doesn't project like a kanon, but that nice buttery sound records really just as well in the studio when it’s mic'd right. Mahogany is one of our favorite shells around here.
Birch is more similar to Maple except it’s high ends are more cutting, the midrange is slightly reduced, and it has a very strong low-end punch. It has a loud and cutting sound.
With metal shells (most commonly used for snares), you will get a much more loud and cutting sound.
Steel is one of the most versatile metal shells. It has clear highs, an average midrange & low end. All-purpose.
Brass will have more open highs, mids, & lows. Sounds very vibrant.
Aluminum has a much more colorful and sensitive sound, with crisp highs, warm/open midrange and low end.
With bronze, you will lose some of the high end but have a much more powerful mid-low end. Very Warm and responsive.
There are multiple ways to do bearing edges but we've found that there are two ways that we recommend sticking with with... "The Double 45°" and "The Roundover".
We'll break it down and show you the differences, including the different variations of 45° cuts...