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4×14″ Solid Walnut Symphonic Snare

Here is a cool snare we built for another percussionist for the San Francisco Symphony. It is a solid single ply steambent all walnut shell with matching walnut reinforcement rings for a darker, warmer tone. The 4×14″ size leaves a drier, articulated tone and extreme sensitivity paired with our perfect sharp bearing edges and custom cut snare beds to fit the triple snare wires & cords. All custom hardware including double ended chrome over solid brass tube lugs, single flanged hoops with clips, and a Triad strainer and butt system. A high gloss natural finish really classes up this unique walnut drum.

4x14" Walnut Symphonic

A Custom Painted Quilted Maple Shell

We did this paint job for another builder. We have the expertise to outsource to for our extreme paint jobs and much more. Any paint, wrap, edge, drill, etc. Let us know how we can help even if it’s a small job to a complete build. This was a very rare heavy quilted maple solid single ply steambent shell that had amazing figuring and grain pattern. Perfect for one of our paint finishes. The color is an ocean blue candy (transparent) high gloss that dances with the amazing grain figure of the color maple.

Ocean Blue Kandy Quilted Maple Solid Shell

Wrap Choices

We use all the most popular wraps available on the market, as well as the ability to order custom sheets per order. Some of the wraps are available in vintage style sparkle to modern shimmery glass glitters, and classic style marine pearls, oysters, onyx, silk ripples, and solids.

Custom colors in all styles are available along with fades or bursts or custom logos and artwork. Custom topcoat sheens are available in our standard high gloss, satin, metallic, or matte level finishes. Color stripes are also available in any style.

If you don’t see what you want, just ask and we’ll do our best to acquire it.
Other colors available, but not pictured.

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. **}

7×13″ Bubinga / Curly Maple Stave with Satin Chrome

A unique snare that has become very popular for its sleek looks and awesome sound. A 7×13″ solid stave shell with alternating bubinga and curly soft maple in a natural satin stain that brings all the wood character out and helps protect the solid boards when changing environments and climates. The 1/2″ thickness adds high end and volume for a tighter crack. The all satin chrome hardware includes matching solid brass full length tube lugs, die cast hoops for extra pop and greater rimshots, and even a matching air vent that is rarely seen. The Trick multi step throwoff in brushed aluminum matches the hardware perfectly. We have done this shell in similar sizes and hardware setups, but the matching satin finish on the shells and hardware speaks for itself.  Already on its way out to Massachusetts.



5×14″ Solid Shell Birdseye Maple w/ Matching Wood Hoops

Here is a highly figured exotic birdseye maple solid steam bent shell in a natural high gloss finish with custom made “Yamaha” style 32ply maple wood hoops with inner and outer plies of exotic birdseye veneer.  We picked the highest grade AAA birdseye maple available which is getting harder and harder to find as birdseye figuring only occurs in less than 5% of all maple.  Other hardware includes a Trick multi step throwoff, solid chrome over brass tube lugs, puresound wires and Remo drumheads.


6×13″ Segment Wenge & Bloodwood Snare

A custom shell we worked on for a repeat customer. This shell is a 6×13″ segment solid wood that is 9/16″ thick made of exotic Wenge with a Bloodwood center stripe. Segment shells are constructed much like a brick pattern that utilize solid wood pieces, much like our Stave Shells but in a different construction. We hosed the shell down with a ton super high gloss clear coat and buffed to a perfect mirror-like finish. The snare is dressed with all brass hardware including full length tube lugs, 2.3mm triple flanged hoops, P86 throwoff and butt plate, and remo drumheads w/ german snare wires.


Piano Black Snare w/ Custom S-Hoops

Typically one of the notoriously hardest finishes to get right. Our perfect piano black solid lacquer is created with the purest black pigment and a flawlessly smooth gloss top coat that creates a true mirror reflection. A true first-class finish on a versatile snare drum size and thickness. Proven to be great for any style of music. Also featured on this snare are specialty S-Hoops that have a reverse flange on the top of the hoop that flattens out across the drumhead to add extra crack to your rimshots and cross stick sounds. S-hoops are compared to die cast hoops but with open tone of typical triple flanged hoops. A 5.5×14″ Standard Series 8ply Maple shell including ten full length chrome over brass tube lugs, a Trick multi step throwoff, and german snare wires.


6.5×14″ Solid Steambent Sycamore Snare

A crazy unique wood with unbelievable grain. One of our solid single ply steambent drum shells custom made out of solid sycamore wood with matching sycamore reinforcement rings instead of typical maple rings. This snare drum has a ton of body with a similar tone to maple but a bit deeper note. It has a soft touch with plenty of sensitivity yet plenty of volume. One of our favorite sounding snare drums to date. Finished in our super high gloss clear coat that is buffed to a perfection over natural sycamore. Dressed with all brass hardware, including solid brass full length tube lugs, 2.3mm triple flanged hoops, P86 vintage throwoff and a matching brass and black plated CT name badge.