Here’s our review of a trio of hand-crafted, segmented snare drums from Bristol Drum Co., featuring…
- 14″ x 5″ Ash/Beech shell w/Wenge Inlay,
- 14″ x 5.5″ Wenge/Purpleheart shell,
- 14″ x 4″ ‘Harlequin’ shell consisting of Ash, Beech, Bubinga, Teak, Purpleheart, Wenge, Zebrano & Iroko.
Bristol Drum Co. says…“Bristol Drums are made exclusively using hand crafted segmented drum shells. I don’t buy in mass produced laminated shells or use wraps, veneers or laminates in the construction of these drums. I favour the more demanding segmented construction process over vertical stave construction as the grain alignment and structure produce a better sounding and stronger shell that will accurately maintain its form and not suffer the effects of changes in temperature and humidity that can arise in stave shells.
Traditional wood finishes are used to protect and present the beauty of the particular timbers used in each drum. Materials are carefully selected and combined to produce a drum that is both an object where the beauty of top quality material and craftsmanship are clear to be seen and appreciated, and also an instrument that is a pleasure to play and hear. Only FSC or UK grown timber is used and the drums are all hand made in the Bristol workshop.