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.

Here is a video of soundcheck on the Koa kit. The sizes are as follows:

  • 7X10 tom
  • 8x12 tom
  • 12x14 tom
  • 14x16 tom
  • 6x14 snare
  • 17x22 bass drum

This was recorded at Blitz Recording Studio in San Diego, CA.

Mics Used:

  • Kick-Shure Beta 52
  • Snare- Audix D5 on top, SM57 out of phase on the bottom
  • Toms-Audio Technica on the 1st two and Sennheiser 421s on the big boys.
  • Hats-Audio Technica condenser mic (#?) I'll find out the model number.
  • Overheads- Rode condensers
  • Behind the kit room mics- Gauge ECM-87s

Heads Used: (Aquarian on all)

  • Tom Batters: American Vintage II Deep
  • Tom Bottoms: Classic Clear
  • Snare Drum Batter: Coated Reverse Dot
  • Snare Drum Resonant: Classic Clear Snare side
  • Bass Drum Batter: Superkick II clear
  • Bass Drum Resonant: Regulator (w/ a 10" felt donut dead center on the inside)

The drummer is Bill Ray, Stone Custom Drums endorser (and webmaster too!). The band is RDG (Raymond DIGiorgio Group).