The back-story: Over the course of 2015, I have made it pretty clear to DFO that I am a big fan of Oriollo drums and the products that Vukan and his team are putting out. Having played so many drums, finding affordable options that outperform their price range is something I take note of. The two seamless aluminum drums I have from Oriollo are incredible drums that have laid to waste the other aluminum drums I have played or owned. I used the past tense because I sold them all once I got the phantom.
I talk with Vukan here and there, and we have talked a good bit about the different metals he has been able to spin. I'm still holding out for a brass, but a copper Oriollo was another drum that was very high up on my have to have list.
Once he told me about the Bakar, his seamless copper he was developing, I knew I needed to add it to the phantoms I already had.
Arrival/Unboxing: Nothing new here. These drums are always packed really well. This drum came to me with a coated Evans G2 on it and standard snares. It was ready to play right out of the box.
How it's made: The same process that can be seen in Oriollo's how it's made video is used on this drum and it yields a very structurally sound and well made drum. My Bakar is different because it doesn't have a center bead like my Phantoms, but rather two beads towards the bottom of the shell. The copper finish is a waxed brushed copper. The drum has already begun to patina a bit, and I expect this to continue with time naturally...which should look awesome. This drum uses standard triple flange hoops and standard Gibraltar strainer with Oriollo's proprietary lug design. Vukan has told me that a proprietary strainer is in the works so that will be a cool addition.
The Sound: This drum kills. Just plain and simple. It is dark and thick with a prominent low end and mid range...yet it somehow it manages to retain all the sensitivity and high end sparkle I've come to expect from the Oriollo drums. It's also very explosive with a crisp attack. The result is a drum that's very balanced across the spectrum and is versatile and can really excel in any situation. I am a firm believer that almost any drum can sound decent, but some drums are special, and this drum is very special. At all four tunings I used it at in the demo, I felt like the drum gave me a very useable and desirable sound. That is rare. I also like how the natural pitch of the drum sits lower even at higher batter tensions. This is an attribute that I think makes it excel in the studio as we often are looking for very thick sounds. I love my phantoms, but this drum might just have dethroned them from my stand...at least for awhile.
Summing it up: The way I see it, Oriollo drums really has become a formidable contender in the snare drum department. Their drums outperform their competitors that cost significantly more time and time again. What's more is they offer affordable seamless options in many different metals, and will continue to add new metals and designs, so there really is a flavor for any need...but in regards to the Bakar it is an extremely balanced and versatile drum that really hits my targets tone wise, and I have no doubt it will become my go to snare.
Check it out in this video and let your ears decide.
Edited by JCKLudwig, 07 December 2015 - 11:11 AM.