Most drums that we make start with 100% American Hard Maple Keller shells. We’ve experimented with different thicknesses, depths and materials. We have realized the differences between thick and thin, short and tall and all different shell types. We can help you achieve the tone you are looking for.
In truth, we will use any available shell thickness that you prefer and we can custom manufacturer nearly any desired shell depth. Sizes range from 8″ to 20″ toms, 10″ snares to 30″ kick drums, if you want it, we’re the ones you need to talk with to get it. This is what it means to be a custom drum shop!
We also offer Acrylic, Birch, Mahogany, Stave or whatever else you can come you with. If you want to chop down a tree in your back yard and make a snare drum from it, lets go for it!
Contact the shop for more details about these shells.
The Risen lug is the start of what sets us apart from all other drums. We are the first to use aluminum lugs! We make our own small, precision milled aluminum lug that has nearly no weight. Lighter means more resonance out of the shell. The lug is attached with only one centered screw, allowing only one hole into the shell and less interruption to the vibration of the shell itself. We also isolate the lug from the shell with a shock absorbing rubber O-ring. This low mass, light weight, and lug isolation allows the shell to naturally resonate and produce an amazing, room-filling sound.
We chose to mill our lugs and not have them cast because of the inconsistencies and strength issues involved with the casting of metal. This produces a much higher quality lug that has far superior strength characteristics. Lastly, the freefloating tension rod insert is highly adjustable and will compensate for any type of hoop that you choose to use.
Overall, this lug is ideal for enhancing the inherent musical qualities and tone of our drum shells. Our lugs have a natural matte silver finish, but we can plate them with chrome, brass, or many other powder-coated color options.
The state-of-the-art Trick Throw Off snare strainer is used exclusively on every snare drum that we design and build. Unbelievably smooth operation and extreme tuning ability are only a few of the amazing qualities of this strainer. The Trick Throw Off is the most advanced throw-off mechanism available today. The minute you play our snare drums, you’ll know that you have the best of the best.
Most of you have experienced snare wire breakage one too many times, and always at the worst possible time. We’ve eliminated this worry and annoyance by incorporating a 500lb-test nylon webbing to attach the snare wires to our strainer. Say goodbye to breakages, Risen Drums has you covered!
The Sonic-Venting System developed by Risen Drums was a result of asking a basic question, “is there a better way?” Typically, drums are vented by placing a half-inch hole on either the top, center or front positions of the shell and when we first starting building drums we did this too, but we asked ourselves, is that really the best way to do it? Or is it more of a look thing? With these questions in mind, we started to sound test different options. After much research into sound waves, resonance, and air transfer, we sent out samples to artists, live sound engineers and studio engineers to gather feedback. After numerous options the end result revealed four main differences:
First, the venting is all based on the amount of air space inside each drum, and the simple idea that a different amount of airspace inside a drum requires a different amount of area for air to escape each time the drum is hit. basically this means that a 10 rack tom needs way less air escape then an 18 floor tom. so every drum gets its own venting system, based on how much airspace is inside the shell.
Second, we found out that multiple air holes is better than one single hole, so that as air is pushed out of the drum, other air can suck in, to take up that space quicker.
Third, different types of shells need different air escape. this seems so simple the more i talk about it, but still needs to be mentioned. a soft wood has lots of pores, so will absorb sound waves quickly, a hard wood has less pores and will absorb slower, a metal or an acrylic shell has no pores, so it will not absorb any sound waves in that manner, therefore the soundwaves will bounce differently inside different types of shells. If that is true, then it is simple to assume that different types of material would need a different amount of air escape. (a brass shell or acrylic shell ideally should not have the same amount of vent holes as a mahogany shell). So again, every size drum gets its own venting system, based on what the shell is made of.
Lastly, we discovered that if the vent holes are at the bottom of the shell. All the sound waves have to travel completely through the shell at least once before they can begin to escape, and this will help to get a bit more even tone throughout your drum.
We came up with a system that creates superior breathability, maximum resonance, and excellent head response while maintaining the aesthetics of our drums.
We then extended the study to focus on snare drums. We wanted to find a system that would help give the snares a more dry and unique sound. We did exactly that. With the Sonic-Venting System, our snares have a sound that can be described as thick and full.
Players have been pleasantly surprised by the feel of the stick to head response, and studio engineers love the way the snares “mic up.” Overall, everyone loves the unique quality of tone the Sonic-Venting System creates.
One of the most important facets of a quality drum sound is the bearing edge. We cut all of our bearing edges by hand using a custom-designed, precision machine created in our very own shop.
The most common edges that we do are either a double 45-degree bearing edge that meets in between the 3rd and 4th ply of the shell, or the roundover outside with a 45-degree on the inside.
The double 45-degree bearing edge means that less of the drumhead will be actually contacting the shell, allowing for more resonance from both the head and the shell while creating more initial attack when you strike the head. At the same time, this type of bearing edge allows an extremely clean seal between the shell and the head. The result is an accurate fit, easier tuning, longer lasting tuning, all aimed toward creating a superior sounding instrument.
The roundover edge will dull down your attack just a bit and warm up the drum in doing so. The idea is instead of just one spot of contact between the shell and the head, the entire collar of the head will follow the roundover of the shell as it carries over the edge of the drum. This will dull some initial attack and focus that energy into resonating the shell a bit more. The result is a warmer drum.
We realize different applications and tone qualities require different bearing edges. We have seen every edge out there and can cut all types of edges to help you get the desired sound. Remember, we want this to be your dream kit!