Very thankful for the apprentices, students, supporters, customers, partners, kopi kakis and musicians in the last few weeks. Pantheon is stronger than it has ever been before because of all of you. Thank you.
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14×6.5 Myrtle stave snare, the ultimate in phat tone with a ridiculously wide tuning range. This is one of several snares that will be available for jamming at Tonehouse Studios.
Along with an ever increasing range of Pantheon products (cymbals and drums) and premium Sonor drum kits, you need to check out the other gear available here at Tonehouse Studios, available 24 hours, in town, with video and audio recording amenities.
We’ve had concert toms for years now but we haven’t really marketed them for some reason. Maybe I was too busy with the drum kits. We set these up at Gryd Studio a while back to record some samples.
Available in different woods, sizes, plies, depths, shell types, finishes, single or double sided, and price points, I think there is something for every orchestra and band. Talk to us and we can make some magic happen.
Dion brought in his Meinl Byzance 20” Extra Thin Hammered Crash with a dreadful crack close to the edge.
Oddly enough, it didn’t crack at the edge, so I had to make a more difficult cut to remove the affected area. Cymbal surgery took quite a while because I didn’t want to wear out either the hand drill or my hand like the last time; no joy in rushing the job. As you can hear from the video it sounds pretty good now. It’s got a pretty cool handle too.
You know where to go if you have cymbal problems: we’ve been repairing cymbals for the past eight years plus. We know what we’re doing.
Working on that Purpleheart stave snare with a new method of finishing. We’ve worked hard on our processes, ever improving and never resting on our laurels. This method is 100% natural, non-toxic, and takes fewer steps. However it takes more skill and more attention to detail.
There are a few more steps to complete the finish but it’s ok: the wood will always reward you for effort and always punish you when you take shortcuts. Stay tuned for more updates on my obsession.
Today in the workshop: Shaun’s Brady Wandoo stave snare that was broken in three places.
It was completely cracked through in one of them, something that could only be seen when we removed the Trick throw-off. Some delicate maneuvering with a high pressure needle, wood glue and wood filler ensued; now it is structurally sound again.
This snare had been on many shows and international tours but met an unfortunate end INSIDE a hard case. That’s because stave snares may be thick, but they are notoriously vulnerable to cracking around the throw-off area and in-between blocks when struck. Unlike plywood snares which are cross-laminated, they have lines of weakness (wood grain) running through the entire length of the snare, so handle them with care.
Try to hand-carry your precious cargo: at least you know you won’t be throwing it around. Place the butt plate at the bottom corner of your hard-case with the throw off facing up and stowed in the “off” position or loosened generously. Also, extra padding never hurt a snare, so don’t be stingy.
This isn’t the first Brady/ stave snare I have repaired that was broken in transit, and it won’t be the last. Take care of your gear or you might well end up paying me a visit for reasons other than coffee.
Some beautiful things come in small packages. 14” bass drum that sounds like an 18”. This is part of a tiny 10/12/13/14 micro kit in our showroom that we occasionally rent out. Out for a performance in the bukit timah area these two days.
Today in the workshop: gorgeous DW Collector’s Series snare in for some serious attention. This snare had been beautifully taken care of and played on with much respect, but sometimes things happen unexpectedly.
For some reason, all the internal screws and hardware of the snare became extremely rusty whilst the outer hardware remained pristine.
We gave it a simple wipe-down externally but every single screw on the inside needed replacement, leaving a trail of red dust in their wake. Luckily I had a small pile of extra DW screws, because those lugs don’t accept the normal M4 or M5 screws.
When we didn’t want to risk damaging the snare by wrestling with the rusty air-vent, we scrubbed and painted over it. Preserving the snare took first priority.
So whilst this snare was not difficult to service, it certainly took skill and experience to handle. We’re just glad that it looks and sounds absolutely fantastic now.