The 1ply Maple
It is generally recognized that, when compared to plywood, a single-ply maple shell gives a softer, warmer sound. However, due to the drying process, many single-ply shells have a dominant high frequency which is somewhat unpleasant to the ear. We searched for the ideal material to overcome this obstacle – and it came true when we met master wood-craftsman, Mr.Anton Sutej.
The material he has chosen – “Soft Maple” features an unmatched softness – its very nature gives the classic, vintage sound – with a sense of nostalgia that transcends history and time. It provides a smoothness of sound not usually found in modern drums.
SSSM is brought to life by the fusion of our soft maple material and the unique techniques of Canopus. It comes equipped with our newly developed nickel plated Brass Straight Hoops as standard feature.
The classic, vintage sound of the “good old days” – highly sought in “collectors item” drums has been reproduced by Canopus.
What is 1ply Series?
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.