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  1. Registered User

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    Default 10 Ply shells - Good or Bad?

    I am in the process of ordering custom made drums, and have been given the choice of 10 ply shells for the bass drum (22 x 16) and toms (16 x 16, 14 x 14 & 12 x 10). These would be Keller maple shells.

    I am told they would provide more projection and volume and less unwanted overtones.

    I play blues and rock, in small to medium sized clubs.

    Any one have any thoughts?

    Thanks!
    Drummin' Don, no longer in a band in the Chicago suburbs... anybody need a drummer?
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  2. pink panther

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    the thicker the drum the more volume and projection the drum will have. the thinner the drum, the more it will resonate using more of the true characteristics of the wood.
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    Hello, you want a thicker shell for a snare. A thick shell will mitigate any dissonant overtones, thereby giving the drum a greater punch.

  4. Playing since 1976

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drummage View Post
    Hello, you want a thicker shell for a snare. A thick shell will mitigate any dissonant overtones, thereby giving the drum a greater punch.
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  5. The Sensitone Guy

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    Thin or thick shells? They're all good. I had a Tama Artstar Custom kit with thick maple shells. It sounded fantastic. I also had a Yamaha Maple Vustom Absolute kit with thinner shells. It also sounded fantastic.

  6. Drumming Since 1943

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    It’s the old CB700 vs. Masterworks argument. You know, that old chestnut.
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  7. King of Pointlessness.

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    If you're looking for a right answer, you'll be disappointed. Just ask your ears. When I hear "blues" I sure don't think about 10 ply drums, but whatever floats your boat. A bunch of jazz cats play Sonor Signature after all.

    I know my next kit will be 3 or 4 ply max, if not 1mm spun aluminum. Not afraid of overtones, I own a tuning key.
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  8. The Sensitone Guy

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    I'd go with thicker plies if I had the choice. Either way is good though. Heads and tuning are far more important anyways!

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    Jesus Christ, is this the oldest thread resurrection we've ever seen around here? I was a 15-year-old high school freshman when this thread was started. The guy who started this thread was 47 at the time.
    "Why is that mirror sneezing?"



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  10. Drumming Since 1943

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheElectricCompany View Post
    Jesus Christ, is this the oldest thread resurrection we've ever seen around here? I was a 15-year-old high school freshman when this thread was started. The guy who started this thread was 47 at the time.
    Wow. No ****. This thread was started two years before I became a cop. I’m about to pass my 15th year on the job.
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  11. The Sensitone Guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheElectricCompany View Post
    Jesus Christ, is this the oldest thread resurrection we've ever seen around here? I was a 15-year-old high school freshman when this thread was started. The guy who started this thread was 47 at the time.
    Dang. I didn't even notice the thread date.

  12. King of Pointlessness.

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    Old farts, unite !
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