On 7/28/2019, Minnesota Drummer had the opportunity to attend the premier Twin
Cities Drum and Guitar Show sponsored by the Twin Cities Drum Collective and
Capital Guitars, which was held at the Modist Brewery. There was a
fantastic turn-out. Attendees were
privileged to experience a drum clinic from the one-and-only Paul Wertico, as
well as a guitar clinic from Misha Mansoor.
The day was rainy, hot and noisy, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of all
who attended what was much like a scaled-down version of the NAMM show.
Frankly, if you weren’t there you missed an amazing show, and if you were there,
you got to experience something special. This was a well thought-out,
planned, and executed event.
It was exciting to see products from manufacturers you normally wouldn’t
have exposure to or see at an event like the NAMM show. What’s popular
once again is quality hand-craftsmanship, lightweight drums, and low-hardware
mass. There were many manufacturers from around the country and a couple
from outside the US, but, true-to-fashion, Minnesota drum builders had an
amazing showcase of quality drum craftsmanship. Klash drums only had one
set on display, but it looked and sounded amazing; Empowered Percussion was
there with their hand-built Cajon’s; and Twin City Drum Collective had a very
impressive booth displaying all of their series of drums and phenomenal array
of snare drum offerings. In addition, drum
builder Kelly Cook of Twin City Drum Collective said, if you didn’t see it, he could
custom-build it for you. They offer their own array of proprietary
hardware, virtually any finish type, any shell type, and wood shells made by
Keller and Minnesota’s own Nordic Drum Shells.
Below are a few images of some of what attendees experienced. You need to make sure to attend next year’s show. Be sure to visit the bottom of this posting for all of the links to these manufacturers.
The Twin Cities Drum Collective had their Modern Vintage line on display. “Modern Vintage Drums” start with classic mahogany/poplar/mahogany shells with maple re-rings with their signature vintage bearing edges that have a 1/8 round over on the outside edge with a 30 degree cut on the inside and completing the package is your choice of beavertail, bread-and-butter, or tube lugs. You can specify Nordic Shells for any custom drum you want, here is a display of shells from Nordic Drum Shells. Here is a close up of their proprietary “Harmon” single point lugs, machined in Minnesota from 60/61 aluminum, they were carefully designed with function and aesthetics in mind. On display was the specially made set for the Paul Wertico drum clinic, this is drum builder Kelly Cook’s signature line of drums. A blue glass wrapped 651 series set: The 651 starts with all maple 6mm tom shells and 8mm bass and snare shells with precision-cut dual 45 bearing edges. This combination offers a wide tuning range and ease of tuning. On stunning display were their vast assortments of quality hand built snare drums, representing each of their series. Klash Drums were in attendance . Empowered Percussion had a strong offering; these Cajon’s are hand crafted and designed by owner Aaron Tafoya. The patented triangular shaped Cajon was designed by Aaron to better sit in the lap allowing for drum therapy and more enjoyment while being played. Pictured is owner Aaron Tafoya holding his pair of TANI fiber brush sticks. All of his instruments are hand crafted in Minnesota. The British Drum Co. had a booth – they were started by a number of Premier Drum Co. employees who felt they had a better way to make a drum. They have fantastic designs and look as good as they sound. The British Drum Co. uses cold-press molding to manufacture their shells and feel this is the key to the British Drum Co. signature sound. As the name suggests, it is a procedure that eliminates the use of heat in the shell building process. The Big Softy snare was on display – it’s handcrafted using cherry inner and outer veneers, Big Softy’s 14” x 6.5” shell encircles a central core of kiln-dried Ochroma. This surprisingly light, open-density hardwood possesses a micro-pore grain structure which actively filters out higher frequencies, giving you a massive range of tonal possibilities. Features a round-over bearing edge, 9ply Ochroma and Cherry shell • Palladium lugs and 2.3 mm triple flange hoops. The new and exciting iTAP from British Drum Co., iTAP is a small, portable, acoustic, professional percussion instrument that is designed for all genres of music as well being suitable for educational and therapy work. 100% designed and made in Britain the iTAP is the same size as a sheet of A4 paper and only 12mm thick, which makes it perfect for shops to store and post. For $50.00 USD you can pick one up for yourself. This is the old Blaemire drum company made famous by building Hal Blaine’s famous recording Monster set. Allen was an accomplished drummer who had a passion for the engineering and sound characteristics of drum shells. Dissatisfied with the shell technology of the day, Allen applied his knowledge of composite torpedo tubes toward creating an entirely new concept in drum shells. Jenkins-Martin Drum Co. is happily carrying on the tradition. This is the Blaemire series: Each Blaemire shell is crafted by the exact same methods and materials that Allen Blaemire pioneered in the early 1960s. With specific attention to detail they have been able to precisely duplicate the unique look and distinctive sound of Allen’s original shells. This is a Jenkins-Martin series: Based on the same legendary shell technology, Jenkins-Martin label drums mix the iconic Blaemire sound with modern colors, unique materials and innovative resin formulations. A&F Drum Co. President, Ramy Antoun began his career as a studio drummer in Los Angeles. In 1996 he got a call to record live break beats for an “up and coming” rap group. The session spanned five evenings and resulted in the first Black Eyed Peas Album. From there, Ramy went on to record and perform with hundreds of artists including Seal, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Willie Nelson, Ed Kowalczyk of the band LIVE, Alexi Murdoch, Glen Phillips, Buckethead, Bonnie Raitt, and more. 25 years in the studio became the foundation of A&F Drum Co.’s sound, design, and aesthetic. Drums are a hand rolled shell in the materials copper, raw brass, raw steel, chrome over brass snares and wood shells. All hardware is hand crafted or cast from basic material. They offer a unique sound and look for the player who wants to stand out. This is a 1.5″ thick shell X 14″ diameter snare drum. A very unique piece. You tighten only to top tension rods as it applies equal pressure to both sides. This retails for $400.00. These really stood out and sounded amazing! – A&F introduced publicly for the first time ever, a full line of instruments designed and created by SABIAN and A&F Drum Co. called the ANKH! Their first offering in the ANKH Instrument Series is a limited series of Brass(14”&16”) and Bronze(16”) Hi Hat creations, exclusively curated and designed by SABIAN and A&F Drum Co. They sound very unique – they have a very full sound with an oversized bell. INDe Drum Company started Independent Drum Lab in 2015 in order to serve drummers in the best way possible. It starts with drums designed from the ground up with sound in mind. Every component is designed to allow their proprietary shells to sing freely and openly, and to resonate like no drum you have heard before. All of their drums feature the finish RESoArmor. It is ultimate in drum finishing technology! More durable and beautiful than conventional wrap, and without the loss of resonance. It’s really the perfect material for gigging drummers, who value tone and resonance from their drums. Even cooler, every finish is hand applied, and one-of-a-kind. Their shells are a one-of-a-kind as well: Low Mass, High Elasticity, with a stiff circumference and axial flexibility. For this shell they use 3 thick horizontal plies and 2 thin vertical plies. All of the hardware is unique to INDe, all the hardware is designed for minimal mass with no dampening materials. All of the hardware allows for maximum flexibility with very cool and unique idea’s. All hardware is available to builders at OEM pricing. This replacement lug is a combination mount. In this photo it is demonstrating how it mounts, it universally mounts to accommodate almost all drill lug configurations. Here is the lug assembled on a drum. The tension rod is captured and the individual is able to mount an accessory without drilling any additional holes. Odery Drum Co. is a Brazilian company started in the 1990s. They featured the Cafekit: Made of 100% basswood, with beautiful see-through new lugs, ergonomic hardware that is easy to handle. When coupled with the expanded set, the tom holders become arms for splash cymbals or percussion accessories. In other words, a drum kit for everyone, versatile and full of charisma. That is Cafekit. They had a very unique pedal adapter lift system that drummers who like to convert toms into bass drums will really like. Dream cymbals had a centralized space. Dream Cymbals launched in 2005, Dream cymbals is the partnership of passionate Canadian instrument designers and generations of Chinese gong smiths. Every Dream cymbal is hand-made and hand-hammered, painstakingly created from fire, base metal and human spirit to create an individual masterpiece. The hand-craftsmanship of their master smiths is apparent in every Dream cymbal.
Twin Cities Drum and Guitar Show: www.tcdrumandguitarshow.com
Twin Cities Drum Collective: www.tcdrumcollective.com
Twin Cities Drum Collective Modern Vintage Series: www.tcdrumcollective.com/modern-vintage
Klash Drums: www.KlashDrums.com
Nordic Drum Shells: www.NordicShells.com
Empowered Percussion: www.EmpoweredPercussion.com
British Drum Co.: www.britishdrumco.com
BDC Big Softy Snare: www.britishdrumco.com/britishdrumco-big-softy-snare-drum
BDC iTAP: www.britishdrumco.com/britishdrumco-itap
Jerkins – Martin Drum Co.: www.jenkinsmartindrums.com
A&F Drum Co: www.anfdrumco.com
A&F/Sabian Cymbals ANKH Cymbals: www.anfdrumco.com/collections/cymbals/products/ankh-sabian-a-f-collaboration-hi-hats
Inde Drum Company: www.indedrum.com
Odery Custom Drums: www.odery.com
Dream Cymbals: www.dreamcymbals.com