Category Archives: Artists News

Another Cool Live Shot of CT Kit 001

On tour with Matt Kadi of Great Apes
http://www.punksinvegas.com/images-lawrence-arms-nothington-great-apes-february-16-2014-el-rey-theater-los-angeles/#!prettyPhoto

Lawrence-Arms-6

Great Apes Tour Hits L.A.

Matt Kadi with his band Great Apes on tour. Also setup for backline at Hawthorne Theatre in PDX

CT Kit Hawthorne

See all the pics here:
http://dyingscene.com/news/ds-photo-gallery-show-review-the-lawrence-arms-nothington-and-great-apes-in-los-angeles-ca-21614/

A Few Customer Submitted Pics

We love getting customer submissions of pictures on the road, in the studio, at their house or any where in between. We love feedback. We strive ourselves in the knowledge we have for specific sounds and drummer’s needs, and hope that our expertise exceeds our customer’s expectations. So let us know! We keep that communication line open with all customers, so send in your pics and testimonials and let us know wasup!

Diamond Head kit on the road on their 2013 Summer tour

Diamond Head kit on the road on their 2013 Summer tour

 

Drew Cueva's kit at Mill Valley, CA gig

Drew Cueva’s kit at Mill Valley, CA gig

 

Ben Johnson's Kit closeup shot

Ben Johnson’s Kit closeup shot

 

Ben Johnson's Kit w/ some tasty cymbals!

Ben Johnson’s Kit w/ some tasty cymbals!

 

AJ Curtis' newest addition.  Curly Olive Ash 6x14"

AJ Curtis’ newest addition. Curly Olive Ash 6×14″

 

In the Blue Room Studio... A little secret hush hush snare drum.  6x14" Solid Slate

In the Blue Room Studio… A little secret hush hush snare drum. 6×14″ Solid Slate

 

John Messier Live on St. Patty's day with Pop Fiction

John Messier Live on St. Patty’s day with Pop Fiction

Another Rave Review….

We love getting feedback and hearing direct from the customer. Sometimes, there’s not enough time in the day to fully try each drum before it goes out. Although we know the general properties of each build and can help guide you to your perfect sound, each part is specifically chosen by the customer and can vary a drum dramatically. We were literally blown away when I got this email from Jake about his new 5.5×14″ Chrome Vintage Brass Snare….

“Jeff! So, needless to say, I was ecstatic to come home from a 12 hour shift on Saturday to see the box waiting for me. Took me no time to tear that sh*t apart and get my drum out, and man am I speechless! It’s f*cking gorgeous! EXACTLY what I was looking for in appearance. The notched trick is really over the top too. I really can’t put it into words how sleek the trick looks on there, it fits with the whole vibe so well. Those lugs are amazing too, I’m surprised I don’t see more of them.
So I tapped on it a little and holy f*cking sh*t man. Honestly, I think every time I get a drum I say it’s the best drum I’ve ever played, but this one is probably no exaggeration. It has EVERYTHING. The perfect blend between cut and warmth, some nice, sweet low end darkness with all the highs I need. Plus the sensitivity and response is unreal. I can buzz roll hummingbird-quiet with absolutely no effort on her. Beautiful articulation, and a crack that could clear a room. Man I am sold on this one. I just wish I knew more ways to say that it is perfect haha. Thank you so much though, you nailed it. To use the cliche, this drum is everything I was looking for and more. I’ll write a testimonial, whatever you want, this drum absolutely kills. I literally cannot wait to play her more.”

– Jake Waldman

 

See all of our Customer Testimonials
Send in your reviews and we will post them!

A loss for the drumming community

Tragically lost a good friend and one of the original CT artists, JONATHAN LAZARUS. I had the honor of building him a custom drum kit years ago and he was definitely one of the few people in this industry that deserved to actually make it pro. He lived and breathed drums and truly excelled at his profession. We always shared great drum talks and brainstormed ideas and I always kept Jon in the close loop of prototypes and progress of things we had discussed. He had a strong finger on the pulse of the drumming community and touched so many. He gave us drummers a good name. But mainly an all around inspiration to all. RIP brother.

Lazarus

Heart felt wishes:
http://www.facebook.com/jonathanpeterlazarus


Live studio video:


Older great closeup of Jon’s precision drumming:


Coffee shop 3pc cam:

Seatraffic music video – shot in San Francisco in under 48hrs

Check out our friend Brandon Harrison of the band SEATRAFFIC showcasing his 8×14″ black nickel over brass snare in their newest music video. The video was shot in San Francisco in under 48 hours part of a 16 bands / 16 filmmakers in one weekend contest.

Love Your Drums

Thanks for all the help and inspiration Dennis.
LOVE YOUR DRUMS

Win This Snare Drum!

A very heartfelt build for the LOVE YOUR DRUMS FUNDRAISER, a tribute for our friend and fellow drum builder Dennis Stauffer. Dennis was the sole owner and builder at Phattie Drums and Stauffer Percussion who’s recent passing in early January 2012 hit hard with the drum community. Dennis was well known to be a honest and passionate person whose craftmanship and innovation helped lead the forefront in custom drums. Personally for CT Drums, Dennis had contributed many industry trade secrets, sold us custom designed jigs, and we traded backordered parts and items in desperate times of need.

This snare drum is one of the amazing 40+ snares and 3+ drum kits (nearly $30,000 total value) that you can win from the fundraiser. All proceeds of the raffle conducted by the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund will be held on May 20, 2012 at the Chicago Drum Show. Raffle tickets can be purchased for only $10ea and you don’t have to present to win. Purchase tickets here.

The specs on this drum we donated are a 6×14″ Standard Series 8ply Maple shell with an exotic veneer of wavy zebrawood which is uniquely different from typical straight grained zebrawood. Added matching maple hoops with inner ply of matching zebrawood and outside inlayed stripe in between exotic wenge wood. No stains or dyes, all mother nature here. Finished with our natural satin oil that highlights the natural beauty and character of the wood. All black nickel parts include full length tube lugs, rounded butterfly claws and a Nickelworks throwoff.

LOVE YOUR DRUMS WEBSITE