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Tournament of Rosies

Our good friend and percussion industry luminary Bobby Boos used to play with a band "back in the day" called "Rosie". As bands do, they all parted ways for a while and t

Recently the idea of a Rosie reunion show was conceived, planned and realized. Bernie offered to build Bobby a kit for the show and this is what you are looking at.

rosie drumkit
Made it into DRUM! Magazine "Gear Showcase" section...

By Radim McCue ♦ April 22, 2014

koa snare

Stone Custom Drums has announced its new Super American Exotic snare drums. Stone is well known for its shells of exotic and North American woods, manufactured in Indiana. Now it is adding exotic drums that are built around a core of native woods such as cherry from Indiana. Stone also owns the original Slingerland shell molds and its designs are influenced by the golden age of American drum making.

The Super American Exotics are currently available in a choice of koa (above), rosewood, or bubinga over native wood cores. The 7-ply drums are available in 10-lug or 12-lug models, and in 14 x 5 1/2 to 14 x 6 1/2 sizes.

Stone Custom Drum Welcomes Nicholas Lucero As An Official Endorser

Nicholas took delivery of a sweet cherrywood kit and man do they look nice but the sound... Stay tuned because as soon as we get audio/video it's going up!...

nicholas j lucero

Born in Albuquerque, NM and raised in Southern Colorado - Nicholas has had the opportunity to play with several great jazz artists. Playing music since he was 5 - Nicholas played Tenor Sax, Piano and Marimba but eventually found his voice on the drums. Focusing mostly on Jazz and being heavily influenced by artists such as Chick Corea and John Coltrane - Nicholas has used his playing as a vehicle to perform across the US and parts of Europe. Nicholas is focused on bringing The Delbert Anderson Trio's musical perspective to the Jazz scene.

Check out his band DAT

But hey, first impressions... says Nicholas:

The quality of their drums are amazing - not only are Bernie Stone (Owner and founder) and Kenton Snyder (Artist Relations) awesome guys...but what they've done with modernizing the Slingerland style of shell construction and vintage essence is amazing. They're truly artisan drums....these guys actually make the shells and work on the entire kit from the ground up....not just buying shells from Keller and slapping on some tube lugs like a lot of boutique drum guys are doing.

cherry kit
cherry kit
Our Koa/Cherry Drums

One of the best things about being able to "roll your own drumshells" is having the option to use whatever wood type one chooses. Koa has been a favorite among instrument builders for a very long time now due to its sonorous quality and incredible flamed finish. Not only does the kit look amazing, it sounds like nothing else. Crisp highs crack off of the toms while retaining a very low and rich frequency in the bottom spread.

So we prefer to think that in this case, we saved this drumkit from the fate of becoming a Ukelele... Luaus are fun and all...except for the pig!

The first video is done in a professional studio. The second band video was done live in the rehearsal hall with cheap CAD mics going into a Zoom R16 recorder. It's a good comparison of contrast in the way these drums sound.

RDG - Bill Ray Drum Check 2/17/14 RDG - Bill Ray Drum Check 2/17/14
Duration: 224
Date: February 18, 2014
Views: 676
RDG - Trine 3/12/14 RDG - Trine 3/12/14
Duration: 200
Date: March 14, 2014
Views: 77


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