Arrival/Unboxing: This one arrived in 9 days. The box was heavy, as the drum is very heavy, but everything arrived safe and sound. I began to put all the parts together excited to try the drum.
How it's made: This seamless brass shell is created through casting and starts at 10mm. The shell is then machined to 3mm with 5mm rings. This drum is very very heavy, thick, and weighs upwards of about 25lbs assembled. This is in stark contrast to my 1mm seamless spun brass drum, that is very light. The finish on the drum is a patina, with laser engraving of a design by an artist from Argentina. The edges are double 45. The bridge lugs are the newest design. The strainer and butt are also the newest design by Oriollo. I find the new strainer system to be a little more intensive/finnicky as far as getting everything setup and dialed in to the right tension, but once there, the strainer action works flawlessly, sounds great, and is really smooth. I especially like the throw off. Its very easy to release, but never releases on its own from playing. I finished off the drum with 2.3mm triple flanged hoops, coated G1/300, and puresound wires.
The Sound: This drum was a big surprise to me. I’ve got all the metals in seamless spun, but I’d only ever played a cast drum up to this point in my aluminum shootout, where I had used the cast Gretsch…and to be honest, it was my least favorite of the bunch, so I didn’t know what to expect here. I had been interested in looking into the cast bronze model Vukan makes, mainly just for the reputation of the bell bronze, so when he wanted to send this to me, I was super excited. I couldn’t have been more off on my lower expectations. This drum sounds absolutely amazing. I was expecting it to have a fairly high fundamental pitch being so thick, but I have been pleasantly surprised at how much low end I can still get out of the drum, while still retaining a lot of crack and clarity to the sound. It may not have the extreme low range of some of the spun metals, but is certainly comfortable in the lower tunings.
Theres a big difference in the spun shells and the cast. Both are excellent, but the cast is a harder sound…a bit more aggressive and focused, with an overall harder feel. The cast is more of a crack, where the spun is more of a splat/smack. All of the Oriollo drums are very very sensitive, with this cast being no exception…at the same time, being a more focused sound, theres much less complexity to the note. Its a clear and defined note. The overtones don’t span over multiple frequencies but are clear and defined to the root note. This makes it really easy to notch out the ring with eq if you are going for a drier sound. To my ears, it performs extremely well across the tuning range…and has tons of power and is very explosive.
One other big difference I noticed when comparing this cast to my spun brass, is that this cast drum literally has no dynamic ceiling. I can hit it super soft, and its responsive…I can hit it as hard as I possibly can, and theres no choking or ceiling. Its quite remarkable. This is perfect for gigs where I am really beating the crap out of the drums.
Summing it up: This drum was a major surprise to me and now one of my favorite snares in my collection. It’s an incredibly consistent and well made drum. While I feel like I could use it in any scenario or tuning with good results, I could see where this drum really excels in a high volume and high energy scenario. Its cutting sound and lack of dynamic ceiling would help it to be a very good choice in aggressive music. Its unique look also is a really cool feature of the drum. Its easy to see why cast drums have such a reputation for being a good fit in popular rock music over the years…and I think this drum totally delivers on that sound, but with a great added versatility. The hits keep coming.
Edited by JCKLudwig, 16 August 2017 - 07:16 AM.