In collaboration with Audio Technica and James Lye, we conducted a drum tuning and studio recording workshop at Lasalle College of the Arts on the 24th of October.
On 7th November I will be conducting another such workshop for SMU students, this time, only drum tuning. Not long after I will be conducting a similar workshop for ITE Central students.
On the 21st of November, I am conducting a snare tuning workshop for anyone who wants to sign up. The location will depend on the number of people who sign up. It is free. Just drop me a message at 97254846 and we can talk from there.
We will have more courses in november and december, all free.
So today, I spent time building what I can only describe as a Tank of a snare: Custom 14×9 Raw Brass snare.
This snare was tricked out with 10-lug Die-cast hoops, offset black chrome tube lugs in alternating lengths, DW MG + 3P throw offs andbutt, 42-strand Canopus Backbeat wires, 2 Badges with brass screws, and 3 Air vents.
This snare sounds absolutely massive with a wide open sound and awesome projection WITH MUSICAL TONE. This might not be bell brass, but I say it’s pretty close, and at a fraction of the cost of a bell brass snare.
It’s so heavy that even I have difficulty lifting it with one hand; this is an injury waiting to happen if you don’t treat it with respect. Use two hands and don’t try to be hero; you will hurt yourself.
I expect to hear the howls of approval from the drummers that get to try this snare. Jut ask Dion. Stay tuned for more craaziness!
Today in the workshop: 12-ply 14×6.5 Beech snare, a prototype of our new standard “Universal” snares.
These snares have the warmth of maple and the crack of birch. They can be used in a concert band setting or on the drum kit. With an upgrade pack, we can configure this snare with orchestral heads, wires, and/or die cast hoops. These snares are currently available in satin grey, satin cream, and satin natural finish. These will be fitted with chrome or black nickel hardware.
They will be available at a price range of $530 to $680, depending in the configuration required. Now a student can get a professional sound at an affordable price.
These are still made in Singapore one by one by me, so you really are getting the best that money can buy.
Today in the workshop: One of our Beech “Universal” standard snares headed to Hwa Chong International School. On their request we did a custom badge to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Institution. For all students past and present: enjoy the celebrations!
Now imagine if every customer customized their own badges. Cool idea? Stay tuned!