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5.5×14″ Solid Shell AAA Grade Birdseye Maple Snare

It’s hard to find a quality steambent solid maple shell with this amount of AAA grade birdseye figuring. This 5.5×14″ single ply shell was an overstock made for a very well known drum company’s limited anniversary snare series. After acquiring the raw shell, we used our signature finish steps to our allow the grain to pop and the figure to dance once under our high gloss clear coat. Coupled with chrome hardware and rounded bearing edges creates this classic snare drum. Hardware includes vintage style chrome over brass tube lugs, die cast hoops, Dunnett R4 throwoff and Remo drumheads. Made for one of our best drum customers, who’s collected over 8 different CT drums thus far.

5.5x14" AAA birdseye solid maple side

5.5x14" AAA birdseye maple snare

5.5x14" AAA solid birdseye up close

3pc Burnt Sienna Nesting Kit

A unique way to make your kit more portable when less bags to carry is ideal. Each shell fits inside of the next larger drum to utilize space, as the kick drum is carried within a padded case. The kick and floor tom both are split shells with an installed maple reinforcement ring to add shell integrity and prevent any loss of sound. Custom draw latches that are specially drilled to prevent shell turning or rotating. Various thickness foam pieces are inserted when nesting (or soft padded bags depending on sizes) for safe and protected travels when hauling to the next gig. Finished in Burnt Sienna Satin Stain over Standard Series Maple shells. 9×12″ rack tom, 14×16″ floor tom, 16×20″ kick drum with a vintage rail tom mount that is easily removed and packed away. Other hardware includes tail light lugs, 2.3mm triple flanged hoops, DSS tom suspension mount, rounded butterfly claws, and pro spurs.


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.

Exotic Wood Veneers

We search for only AAA grade wood veneers or higher for our drums.  Each sheet is hand picked for its figure, color, and uniqueness.  If you order a kit or multiple drums, all veneers are sequence matched for a perfect blended look.

All veneers can be finished with our premium high gloss, satin or matte sheen topcoats.  Stains and Kandy Color Tints are also available, as well as fades, bursts or solids.  Wood stripes of varying wood species can be added.

Contact us for more details. info@ctdrums.com

{** Due to monitor and organic differences, colors and designs 
are representations only that can vary in person. **}

Customer Testimonials

“Hey Jeff, I picked up the snare drum yesterday, and I had a gig last night at a winery. And I just can’t tell ya how pleased I am with that drum. And of course all the people in the band, who are very familiar with drum sounds and the quality of musical instruments, just thought that the sound of the drum was unbelievable. I went ahead and recorded that evening as well, and it recorded just amazingly. Sometimes it’s really hard to record snare drums just because of overtones, rings, and things that are generally very hard to manage in terms of getting a good recording, and your drum just popped thru the mix. I just can’t tell you how happy I am. Just keep up the work cause you make a damn good drum dude.”

– Steve Millard

“These Crockett Tubs drums really rock! Can’t wait for you to make me an orchestral snare drum!”

– Trey Wyatt of The San Francisco Symphony
& Owner of California Percussion.com

“Your drums are top of the line. And you stand by your work. I’m loving playing this gear. That snare is BY FAR the most sensitive snare I’ve ever played, and the 3 way throw off is really nice. For the music I play, mostly medium volume, clubs, private parties, etc. for me it’s, well… perfect! Also this kick is just what I wanted. The tuning range on the whole kit is much wider than I expected. I actually think I play better; or maybe it’s that the drums just sound better. In any case I’m very very pleased.”

– Carl Upthegrove

“Good evening Jeff! I picked the snare up after work but didn’t get a chance to try it out until now. The snare plays absolutely fantastic! That little sucker really cracks! The drum actually resonates more than I thought it would, for a stave drum, which I definitely like. I really appreciate your attention to detail, the drum is a fine piece of work! Nice packing job as well and thanks for the T-shirt…I’ll wear it with pride. When I spend more time with it I’m sure I’ll really learn what it’s capable of and how it ranks, but as for right now I’d say it’s way up there! Definitely within the top 3 of all the 70+ snares I own. All in all I feel the price of the snare is definitely worth it. Anyways, looking forward to the other snare as well and I have a feeling you’ll be hearing more from me in the future. Thanks for following the tracking also, very profesional service! Take care for now Jeff and thanks for this wonderful drum!”

– Jan Lucas (Canada)

“I’m luv’n my custom 7×13″ gloss black Crockett Tubs snare 8ply maple with the black Trick throwoff with 3 different tension settings; not only does it sound great, it is absolutely beautiful. A wide range of sound depending how you like to tune it! It is by far the best snare I own for all occasions! I’m looking forward to the rest of the kit built asap! I’ve known Jeff for about 10yrs now & his work is outstanding & I promote him to all my drum students & all the bands that pass in & out of my studio & on a regular basis. Last but not least, his prices are very honest & respectful! Plus you’re getting exactly what you want! So it’s worth every cent! I invite any drummer in & around Concord, CA to play my drum to see for yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!”

– Randy Gallerin of Colorblind Studios

“Hey Jeff, just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for building me this awesome custom snare. Your expertise on what I wanted was perfect. I’m pumped!! It has that nice tight fat sound I’ve been looking for in a snare. Just slighty tuned it from what you did. The wrap is perfect, matches the dw wrap almost perfect. You would have to look really close. I really like the tube lugs and the throwoff. The whole drum is just awesome!! Your craftsmanship is outstanding. Thanks for signing it I really appreciate that. I’m looking forward to playing New Years and all my upcoming gigs with it. Thanks again!!”

– Don Updike

“Hello again from Japan. I purchased your snare a few months ago. Your drum is really great and fantastic!! I love the amazing sound.”

– Sho (Japan)

“At the risk of repeating myself, the snare sounds AMAZING! It’s crazy how just tiny adjustments open up a whole new sound. I couldn’t be happier! And it looks stellar. You are a true artist!”

– Paul Schuyler

“Jeff, I got the birch snare drum today and it is amazing. What a clean, crisp, focused attack. I could go on and on. I really look forward to this drum and I will be buying more. Thanks for your help and what a great drum. Take care.”

– Joe Spata

“The snare sounds really great and I’m very happy with it. Thanks again for the tee-shirt and especially for the snare!”

– Siririth (France)

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