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Modern Drummer Review

Castle Tapered Snares Conical stave-shell drums for lively, diverse tones. Massachusetts-based craftsman David Cheney has developed a unique conical snare drum shell with function as … Read the rest

Not So Modern Drummer Review

Growing up in the shop of a Master Craftsman and Industrial Arts teacher, my Dad taught me a lot about making and fixing things. I … Read the rest

Promo Video

I am proud to post that, after a short wait, I am finally able to post this completed promo video.  The folks at Old Harbor … Read the rest

Quick video of machining a tapered stave shell

I know the video quality isn’t the greatest, but I thought I’d post this for anyone interested in some of the procedures.  These were assembled … Read the rest

PASIC 2014

I just got back from PASIC 2014.  What a great show.  Got to talk with some really nice people and rub elbows with some of … Read the rest

Tonal qualities of different woods

I can’t take credit for this, but it’s a pretty good description of the tonal qualities associated with different materials.  Our Keystone drums exhibit qualities … Read the rest

Powder Keg

We showed the powder keg to some studios the other day.  The response was great.  This drum really packs a punch.  Wooly Mammoth studios had … Read the rest

8″ Snare Finished!

I got the hardware in for the 8″ snare yesterday.  The chrome really works nice with the quartered white oak.  I need to adjust the … Read the rest

8″ Deep Snare

So the 8″ deep snare is sanded up and ready for finish.  I used quarter sawn white oak to help take some of the brightness … Read the rest