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- Jun 24, 2018
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- Northwest NJ
Dude, don't apologize, this is great!! I'm learning a ton from you guys. Alla youse as we say in Jersey.OK gang, I will post the updated list here and truly apologize to SpinaDude for so blatantly hijacking his thread!! He asked "What companies DON'T make their own shells?" and I turned it into what companies DO! Sorry my brother, I'm normally am very good about not doing that but I flat ran away with your thread, my apologies.
But since were this far down the rabbit hole I will post what we have so far with a bit more clarification... So far we have identified 20 companies that produce their own plied or single board, steam bent shells. I went with these two types of wooden shell construction as we started out talking about wood shell drums specifically and both shell types require very specialized machinery designed for this single purpose. Several stave, segment and hollow builders also use high end CNC mills to produce shells but it is not actually necessary as many skilled woodworkers can produce those types of shells on very simply shop machinery. Heck,
I can produce a stave or segment shell in my garage shop with minimum tools assuming I had the skill set, which I don't have by the way.
We have not deviled into other forms of shell making (Metal, acrylic, Fiberglass, Composite, etc) this is just a wood list and were pretty strong already. All the major brands seem to be producing their own shells in house with the exception of Gretsch, even if it is just for their flagship models and have balance made in Asia. While most of the custom builders and boutique builders look to Keller for their shell source, there are other options in the market as well like Nordic.
So with that in mind, here are the ones we've listed that DO produce their own WOOD shells in a facility they actually own... (again, not counting stave, segment or hollow wood shells OR metal, acrylic, fiberglass, composite )
Noble & Cooley
Dixon (so Rogers?)
BSP / Dynamicx
Many others actually do produce their own metal snare drum shells from Dunnett & Oriollo to AK and Q as well as a slew of alternate shell drums. But this list is for those that manufacture their own PLY wood or single steam bent board shells. I claim no inside info and have learned a ton already from everyone's input to this list. Think of me as the club secretary ... just trying to keep the notes straight and organized.
It would be fun to start a thread with a master list of all the manufactures and the different types of shells they produce... but this one is very specific.