I was recently introduced to the guys at Cambridge Drum Company in Cambridge, UK and was given this snare to test. It’s a 14×5.5 walnut and maple drum. I’ve learned a lot over the last year or so about how drums are made and how the modern drums we all play are made. A lot of the modern mass manufacturers use rubbish wood to fill the middle of the shell and bind it together with cheap glue and make the drums undersized to accommodate wraps etc. Part of the reason why the old Gretsch and Ludwig drums sounded so good is because the materials and the wood were of much higher quality. the glue was better and they were more true to size. The people at Cambridge Drums use very high quality veneers all the way through the shell and use high quality machinery to put unbelievable amounts of pressure using a steel mould when making the shell meaning they’re perfectly round. They also use machines for the bearing edges and then hand sand them five times. They even took apart a Remo drum head to find the perfect place for the bearing edge to sit on the head. The other cool thing about them is you can order any size, colour or wood in a snare or kit and have it in 4 weeks. Check them out at http://cambridgedrums.co.uk
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