|Please browse the shell construction section to give you the basics on the inherent properties of the different shell crafting methods. While you're there, check out just some of the woods we have available to craft your bespoke kit. Not all wood species are available all the time, & not all are suitable for steam bending. Some are fairly economical to source, & others can be very expensive. Just because a wood is expensive, doesn't mean it necessarily makes a good instrument. Again, this is where our expertise is invaluable. We'll also tell you what the affects of shell depth, bearing edges, & other aspects are. A truly impressive instrument should always be greater than the sum of it's parts.
Solid shells, especially Origin shells, are able to deliver performance that ply shells can't replicate. You can go deep on your shell depth without creating overtone issues normally associated with such sizes. Similarly, you can go shallow without sacrificing too much body & tone, but all of these elements must be considered in the context of the instrument as a whole. If we think it won't sound good, we won't build it. We care about our customers, & the instruments with our name on them.
|We don't offer wraps or lacquer finishes on our Origin drums. They add unwanted mass to the shell, & reduce the prominent fundamental voice. Such finishes are fine on ply drums, & look great on veneer finishes offered by others, but they're not for us, as such finishes curtail performance of our highly resonant shells. Our Origin Custom range drums take a little longer to make than our Classic & Performance ranges, simply because sourcing the timber and/or re-jigging can take a bit of time.
You can also use our Custom range to specify sizes or depths not available in our performance or Classic ranges. Except for extremes, there's no additional charge for this service, outside of any increase in material costs.