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Alans Classic series Snare Drum

Tee Drums Classic Custom series. One of Alan's personal snare drums. Hand crafted drums made in the Cotswolds, England by Alan Tocknell Alans New Snare Drum.

It might look cute but really its the devil (in so many ways)

Do i really need a new snare drum??? noo! not really, however this was a shell that i just had to make up and keep. Starting back to work after the Christmas holidays in January of 2013 I was doing the bearing edges on this (at the time 18mm thick) shell, when suddenly the router piece flew out of the machine bouncing off the inner part of the shell before ripping through my hand.

Unable to supply the shell to the customer it had been sat in a cupboard looking like something from a murder scene so a few weeks ago i decided to add a few more plys and clean it up and build it for myself as a reminder of what could have been alot worse. 

The snare drum is a 14x6.5 (20mm/39 ply thick) vertical grain Birch with a mirror Gold and white marine pearl finish. 


Bearing edges of Alan's Classic Custom series snare drum. Hand crafted drums made in England by Alan Tocknell
Bearing edges cut to a double 45 degree with a 70/30 split

The thick shell produces a dry sounding drum with a lovely full range and of course great projection.













Alans hand after machining accident
This was my hand being stitched up in 3 places, luckily narrowly missing the tendons. On talking to other drum builders i soon learnt that this has happened to others when trying to shave down a really thick shell so the lesson learnt here is to take more time and shave the edges in smaller bits. 12 days after this i was able to do a recording session playing guitar and just sat there thinking how lucky I was as this could have been much worse.  

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