Where does Canopus come from ?

“Canopus” is the name of a shining, reddish star in the Southern Hemisphere. In brightness it is second only to Sirius, which is rarely seen from Japan.

In Ancient China it was named the “Old Man of the South Pole” as it could occasionally be seen low in the boundless southern sky. In those days South was seen as an auspicious direction so temples were built in honor of the lucky star, Canopus. It was believed that when “The Old Man of the South Pole” was visible there would be peace and prosperity. On the other hand, if it were not visible, war and trouble would follow.

In legend, the “Old Man of the South Pole” was also considered a lucky star for old people, who believed that they would live longer when they could see it – hence this name.

Originally, fishermen in several countries would not set sail when this unfamiliar star appeared on the horizon – as stormy seas would follow. However, this tradition later changed and it was believed that if they could see this star they would be protected from misfortune.
We named this company Canopus as we wanted to share the good luck of this star. Our wish was to develop a unique brand and to bring happiness to drummers. We aspire to stay in business for many years to come as a legendary drum builder worthy of its name.


What could be the ideal sound for drumme

In our initial stage of development, with the aim of “reproduction of contemporary recorded sound”, we completed the RFM (reinforcement Maple) series. Taking the construction of each individual shell into account, we have achieved the reproduction of “equalized sound”in our acoustic drums. During this period, in pursuing the perfect bearing edge shape, we developed technology which gave us to control down to 1/100mm. As the result of our constant monitoring of trends among drummers, we noticed that rock drummers tend to prefer a forceful, direct sound. This led us to develop our “Birch Series”. With the RFM and Birch series we initially felt we could respond, more or less, to the needs of most drummers. However, we came to observe that many drummers referred to the recorded sound of the 60’s and 70’s as their “ideal sound”. This led us to the conclusion that an equalized and controlled sound, though perfect for some drummers, may not be the ideal sound for everyone. This led to the development of our “NEO Vintage” series – with the aim of capturing “the vintage drum sounds which are glamorized in our minds”. We have developed NV60-M1 with this concept – reproduction of “the drum sound which swept the jazz world in the 60’s”. Similarly, the second series – NV60-M2, gives a reproduction of “the drum sound that dominated the rock world in the 60’s”.

In the course of these developments, we have realized that there are three different directions in the development of CANOPUS drums:

1.REGULAR LineRealization of the ideal sound that we propose. (RFM Series, Birch series, Ash series)

2.VINTAGE LineReproduction of the vintage drum sound which is glamorized in our mind. (NEO-Vintage Series, NV60-M1, NV60-M2)

3.R&D LineWe seek after how the drums should be in the near future, while pursuing possibilities of drums not only its sound, but appearance and material.(Acrylic Drums, Multi-Colored Finishes, etc.)

We will continue to keep trying the possibilities of drum design based on these 3 major concepts NV60-M1 Acrylicof development.

Sound of each Series
  Rock Pops Jazz
R.F.M. Bright sound with a bulge
Birch Dark tone and straight sustain    
Ash The dry, Seasoned sound    
NV60-M1 Simulate the 60’s G sound    
NV60-M2 Simulate the 60’s L sound    

By making your own custom alterations to our drum designs, an innumerable variety of drum tones are available to allow everyone the ability to find their own custom sound.