KUMU Snare Drums
KUMU All Birch Custom snare drums
These are the snare drums that built Kumu drums’ reputation, and as the name says all drums are custom made of 100% Finnish birch in Hämeenlinna, to the customer’s requests. The shell options offer a suitable model for every kind of player and playing style, from the lightest touch to the heaviest pounding. There is a virtually limitless choice of colors and a very large selection of sizes, even the depth can be chosen, for instance, to a quarter inch.
All Birch Custom drums are also available with wood hoops, there are two models, ClassicWoodHoop and SuperWoodHoop. Wood hoops bring more ”woody” character to the sound: warmth, nice resonance, plus one-of-a-kind rimshots and rimclicks, as well as awesome looks. KUMU wood hoops are made one at a time, of dense and durable Finnish birch.
Here are the various features for KUMU All Birch Custom snare drums, to help in choosing the most suitable ones for yourself.
All Birch Custom snare drum shells
A sensitive, warm-sounding all-around snare drum. 4 ply / 3.8 mm shell + 3.8 mm SoulRing reinforcement hoops.
A clear-sounding all-around snare drum, 6 ply / 6 mm shell.
A strong-sounding snare drums for heavier playing, 9 ply / 9 mm shell.
All Birch Custom bearing edges
Bearing edges play a very important role in the sound and tunability of drums. The edges can be compared to, for instance, the bridge on a violin or guitar. All KUMU All Birch Custom edges are finished by hand, flat, true and silky smooth, and finally they are sealed with paraffin oil.
The standard bearing edge is cut to 45 degrees on the inside, with a slightly rounded outside cut. The apex of the edge is narrower on smaller drums and wider on larger ones. A 30 degree edge with a sharper apex is also available, as well as a fully rounded edge.
All Birch Custom finishes
SatinSound is a low-gloss, durable and dignified satin wax finish. GlossTone is a high-gloss lacquer finish, which adds to the depth of the colors. It involves much more work compared to SatinSound, therefore making it a more expensive option. Wrap is the classic drum finish, very durable, and we have lots of colors and patterns to choose from.
All Birch Custom colors
All of the All Birch Custom drums are stained by hand, according to the customer’s requests. The color can be chosen freely, also different kinds of bursts and fades. Special colors and patterns can be done, too. Various coloring options can be viewed in the website galleries, but unfortunately, putting together an actual map of colors is almost impossible. In our showroom here in Hämeenlinna you can find a large number of coloring models done on real wood.
All Birch Custom lugs
A drum is recognized by its lugs! The unique Kumu lugs are made of chromed solid steel and attach with a very small ”footprint”, allowing the shell to resonate as freely as possible. Three very stylish options are available: straight D-lug with a wood stripe, D-lug in chrome, or F-lug (shaped like a sound hole on a string instrument).
All Birch Custom hoops
SteelPowerHoop is a 2.3 mm steel hoop, the best all-around hoop. Lively, clear sound, with precise tunability.
ClassicWoodHoop is a traditional thinner wood hoop with tension claws.
SuperWoodHoop is a thicker model with the tension rods going through the hoop. Works really well at any tuning.
Die Cast is a die-cast hoop, producing a robust, dry sound.
Available KUMU All Birch Custom snare drum diameters are 10”, 12”, 13”, 14”, 15”, depth can be chosen, for instance, to a quarter inch.
KUMU VintageFlat Custom snare drums
VintageFlat Custom is a special snare drum, which is at its best at medium and lower tunings. The sound is very warm, round, old-fashioned and tubby, not all-around, by no means. The shell is thin (4 mm), but the bearing edges are really wide and only very gently rounded, which enables a lot of contact between the head and the shell.
Except for the bearing edge and shell options, you can select all the same features as with All Birch Custom snare drums.
Available diameters for KUMU VintageFlat Custom snare drums are 14” and 15”, depth to be freely chosen, for example, to a quarter inch.
KUMU Chrome Over Brass snare drums
When talking about the popularity of metal snare drums, two models are head and shoulders above the rest: brass and aluminum. KUMU Chrome Over Brass snare drum is a true workhorse for handling any kind of playing situation. The chromed brass shell is 2 mm thick, with flanged, rounded bearing edges, and the drum comes with 2.3 mm SteelPowerHoops and chromed solid steel F-lugs.
Available sizes: 14” x 5” and 14” x 6,5”
KUMU Brushed Aluminum snare drums
Here’s the other ”THE” snare drum: KUMU Brushed Aluminum, a tool with a lot of nice crispness. The aluminum shell is 2 mm thick, with flanged, rounded bearing edges, and the drum comes wiith 2.3 mm SteelPowerHoops and chromed solid steel F-lugs.
Available sizes: 14” x 5” and 14” x 6,5”
StonEdge KUMU snare drums
This one-of-a-kind snare drum is made from cast steatite composite, which is a patented Finnish invention. Soundwise it’s between a wood and metal snare drum. Pro 1 model features die-cast hoops and a Trick throw-off, and Pro 2 has steel hoops and a P Classic throw-off.
Available sizes: 14” x 5,5”, 14” x 6,5”, 13” x 7”