1ply Elm Snare Drum
Elm is a relatively uncommon material for drum construction. Because the “veins” (the xylem and phloem) of the elm are particularly thick, the shells from this tree display a beautiful wood grain with an elegant, sophisticated appearance. The characteristics and wood grain patterns are somewhat similar to Zelkova wood. Elm’s sound characteristics are a very pleasant low range with a dry and short sustain – as well as a fast, tight response.。
When we look back on the history of snare drums we see a transition of crafting techniques. From hollowed one piece shell, to 1 ply shell, to plywood shell with reinforcement, plywood shell without reinforcement, and then block shell construction. Though this transition was in the pursuit of efficiency, each method of construction has resulted in a different sound.
Through Canopus’ research into the various combinations of materials, number of plies, and reinforcement we have continued to introduce a variety of new drums.
With the Zelkova snare drum Canopus has presented the ultimate sound for a one piece, hollowed shell. The notable characteristics of a 1-ply shell are a deep sound and pure tone. It has been a new challenge for Canopus to take advantage of these qualities and create new instruments displaying the diverse sound character of different wood materials.