How will wood selection affect the final sound of my drum?

In general, the thicker the shell, the higher the pitch; the thinner the shell, the lower the pitch. Thicker shells project more drum head sound, while thinner shells have a more full-bodied sound. Below are a few examples of how the species of wood affects tone.



Warm and full sounding with an even frequency response. Well-suited for all around application.



Bright and punchy for extra presence, shorter sustain. A good choice for recording.



Rich low-end frequencies and reduced highs for more low-end punch.



Incredible warmth, tuning range, and low-end attack.Walnut is a studio staple due to its warmth and ominous sonic tones. Walnut produces softer, breathier, and lower fundamental tones compared to Maple.  



The hardness of the wood also plays a role in the sound of the drum. Hard woods have a brighter, higher pitched sound with increased volume, while softer woods provide more warmth and low-end to the sound.


Shallow shells have greater clarity and quicker response, with a cleaner fundamental tone. Deeper shells have a bigger sound because the sound wave has further to travel, resulting in a slower response time, but more headroom.


Stave and segment shells are generally more resonant than common multiple-ply shells. This is attributed to the use of  less glue. Stave shells are not inhibited or muffled by the excess glue used to bind the plies of wood together on a plied shell and can resonate and vibrate freely.  Another benefit of stave shells is the fact that the bearing edge lies on the end grain which does not wear down as fast as ply shells and maintains its structural integrity for many years without need for maintenance.


Ply shell drums are comprised of several thin sheets of wood, which are glued together and molded into a shell. The imperfections and irregularities in the wood can be hidden away in the inner plies of the drum. When coupled with the large amounts of adhesive required to bind these plies together, the resonant abilities of a ply shelled drum are limited.


There are many variables to consider when choosing shells, but keep in mind that the bottom line is this: Does it sound good to you? 


Can I buy a shell without the hardware?

Yes! Just let us know what you want, and we will build it for you.

Can you cut a bearing edge or snare bed in my current shell?

Yes! We install bearing edges and snare beds. The customer will be responsible for all shipping & handling charges and an additional shop fee.

How long will it take to build my drum?

Most of our drums take 4 to 6 weeks to complete. Each drum is hand crafted to order, which includes a significant amount of labor and drying time.

How do I place an order?

Orders must be placed via email or by phone. All drums are custom made to order and require a 50% non-refundable deposit through PayPal to begin production. The remaining balance, shipping & handling, and insurance will be due to ROCKET BOOM DRUMS, once the drum is complete. Please visit our contact page to start your custom drum order.

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