THAT! How does one get THAT? Email Deluth? (BRhythm must go back and read 9 pages...)Well, my Duluth Bronze with matching hoops showed up today. Actually took off work an hour early to have time to put it together and give it a spin.
First off, John at Duluth was a pleasure to deal with. Answered questions promptly and professionally.
The shell and hoops were packed better than anything I’ve ever received. Wood lined box with lots of spacers and styrofoam to keep everything protected.
Shell looks gorgeous! Excellent machining, bearing edges, and snare beds are ultra precise. Reminds me of the early Tama bell brass edges.
I chose to go for some contrast to the bronze with black nickel hardware. Picked up the lugs from drumfactorydirect.com, and an inde strainer and butt.
Holes are all precise and clean. Everything lined up perfectly.
Got it put together, and it tuned up quicker than almost all of my drums. Some drums (including my bell brass) have to be tweaked a bit to get the best sound. This sounded phenomenal right away.
Set it up with an Evans Power Center Reverse Dot on top and a 300 snare side. Puresound equalizer wires.
For those who use tuning aids, with a drum dial the readings are 90 top/85 bottom. On the tunebot this comes out to a fundamental of 210 HZ with 330 HZ at the edges. Great crack with a ton of body still.
This thing is LOUD, but super ‘thick’ in its sound. Fat even cranked up. Musical overtones that don’t have that whine some snares do. Compared to the Tama at the sane tuning, the Duluth has more tone, not quite as dry. I have an oriollo cast bronze also that is a little wetter. It’s a perfect mix of the two tone wise, but a fatter overall sound.
Overall, I’m thrilled. Took a few months from order time till in my hands, but well worth the wait.
Here are some pics. Poor lighting in my house, I’ll get some daylight shots tomorrow.
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