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Free floating drum set

Solid drums, massive sound

Why? What? How?

Zebra Drums is a small company owned and run by me (Sjoerd van den Beuken), which specializes in the making of handcrafted solid stave free floating drums.
These drums have a different approach to almost everything than a conventional drum does. I build these drums from an engineering point of view together with some plain simple logic. I always imagined building a drum that could offer more to the drummer. More in sound, tuning, tuning range and playability. I found a way by making my own shells, redesigning the free floating concept and creating a revolutionary new suspension.

About Zebra Drums
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Shells

Shells

Every shell is carefully made with a strong stave shell construction from a hand picked selection of woods. Very special care is given and much effort is made in creating a stable thin shell without using reinforcement rings. For instance, every shell is glued together with a special fingerjoint. Each size is specifically built to diameter and thickness together with unique bearing edges to get the optimum result in tone and tuning range in combination with the free floating system. Each shell is finished in a matte or semi gloss oil finish. It's also possible to stain the shells in whatever colour you want.

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Types of wood

Every wood has its own character in sound and looks. Hard maple is the standard for drums. It has a big sound, great tuning range and is suited for many styles of music (and drummers). Many more species of woods are available:

  • Black walnut (Deep warm sound, rich in low frequencies. Perfect for jazz, fusion or funk)
  • Plane tree (It has the characteristics of wood and metal in sound)
  • Oak (Warm sound with lots of volume)
  • Mahogany (Warm smooth sound, with nice attack)
  • Beech
  • Birch (Like maple, but tone is more concentrated in low and high frequencies)
  • Wenge (Very hard wood with a distinctive metallic sound)

These are just a few examples of what is possible. If you like to try something else, just ask.

Free floating system (toms & bassdrum)

This system is built with not only practicality, but also looks in mind. The sleek design looks both modern and vintage. No unnecessary hardware is blocking the shell from view and in turn, is keeping the weight low. Every lug stays in the upright position, so that the shell can be easily removed. Replacing the heads is a breeze! This also applies to tuning the drum. Every tom or bass drum can be tuned by just tuning the batter head. This way tuning a drum only takes half the time. No more bending over or walking around the kit. Everything can be tuned from your seating position.

The free floating lugs with the S.A.S. mounting system are available in either chrome (chrome over brass) or chrome-nickel plating.

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Every lug is made to my own design in the Zebra Drums workshop. The bass drum claw and the bass drum spur plate is precision cut by a laser cutting machine.

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Spring Action Suspension

S.A.S. (Spring Action Suspension) mounting system

This revolutionary new suspension system reacts every time the batter head is struck. It allows the shell to move in only one direction but yet giving the shell all the room it needs to sound to its full potential. It offers a much more stable suspension of the toms and results in a more open sounding drum in comparison to the conventional suspension systems. In combination with this unique suspension, the free floating system and stave shell construction these drums give an unbelievable warm tone and offer the absolute maximum in tuning range. I designed a similar system for the floor tom configuration. Every piece of the suspension is custom made. I’ve fitted a universal plate to the suspension so every type of bracket can be bolted on. All tom toms are fitted with this suspension.

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Price

Example for a 3-piece drum kit. Choose between London Plane Tree, Hard Maple, Mahogany or Oak (Walnut adds another € 50,- per tom and € 100 for bass drum):

Bass drum 22” x 14” – 18” :€ 1699,-
Tom tom 12 x 7” – 12” :€ 649,-
Floortom 16” x 12” – 16” :€ 969,-
TOTAL:€ 3317,- (Incl. VAT)

Snare drums (14” x 4” – 7”) start at € 699,-. See the snare drum product page for more info about Zebra Drums snare drums.

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