My new British Drum Company kit is here

nmosko

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Here’s some pics/info for anybody wondering about BDC! First, big thanks to West Coast Drum Shop. Chris at WCDS was super nice and I couldn’t be happier about the experience with them.

Next, this is a legend series kit (all birch) and I have been told that these have a sound very very similar to all-birch Sonor Drums. They absolutely do. The closest sounding kit to this one that I have heard was an SQ1 kit at Fork’s in Nashville. Keith Keough, the founder, was the master builder at Premier so I’ve also read that they are similar to Premiers, but I’ve never heard Premier drums so I can’t comment on that.

My first impressions were that the drums are absolutely top notch quality (as they should be) and the hardware/lugs/rods/hoops are great. The hardware on this kit is fantastic and very sleek. The finish is gorgeous as well. I’ve always preferred black drums but it’s hard to make black super unique. They really did that with this kit that cause the black finish has a very fine and subtle pearlescent quality to it. It’s called Night Skye. The small details like the stripe going down the drum and the “made in Britain” badges and interior labels really look and feel luxurious. These drums do not feel mass-produced.

BDC claims that the patented cold process they use allows their drums to get a lower fundamental and a very good and balanced mix. I’m definitely drinking the kool aid on that one, because this 12x8 absolutely (with an ambassador) gets to a lower, punchier note than any Gretsch BK tom or Pearl tom I’ve used with the same head. I think the effect of the cold-press process is definitely true. The 16x16 growls and the 16x22 is a beast. Thunderous drums with low-end more reminiscent of maple or mahogany. That birch cut is there in spades too!

These drums are very modern. I would NOT recommend these to anyone going for a vintage sound or a jazz sound. BDC offers the Lounge series for a vintage/jazz sound. I probably would have gotten a lounge series but they only make lounge series kick drums with a 14” depth, and I really really do not like 14” depth kicks. They are just not enough for me.

Lastly, the snare drum. All I’ll say about the snare drum is that I’ve never in my life heard a 6.5 wood snare drum that sounds like Lars Ulrich’s black album snare. This one does except it’s just warmer. I mean damn it’s got more crack, sustain and body than any snare of the same size/material. It truly sounds like a gunshot. I was blown away by the snare. I have no idea how they made a 6.5 birch snare sound like this. My 6.5 Pearl BRX snare isn’t even close to being this strong and tune-able, even though the thickness is about the same as well. The sensitivity is incredible, and it has body unlike anything I’ve ever heard.

Anyhow, here’s some pics!!
 

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Wow, that finish is very close to the Brilliant Black lacquer that I got on my SQ2's. I would love to play a set of the BDC's some time, just can't find them anywhere close by to check them out. Being a huge 90's Premier guy I'm really excited about what BDC is doing in being the "high end" extension/continuation of what Premier was starting to come back to before they axed the UK manufacturing that Keith was part of.
 

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Have only tried the Lounge Series, but I’m a huge fan. And I agree, those lugs are some of my favorites ever.
 

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Great choice on the finish . I love the BDC lugs too . My local shop is a BDC dealer and I have been very impressed with everything they have gotten in so far .
 

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Those look very nice. I went to their website and saw several US dealers listed, but their websites don’t show them.
 

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Congratulations!

—well this isn’t something I expected to suddenly be pinging on my radar like a Latin Percussion Ice Bell. Look at that attention to detail on the interior.
 

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At one point BDC painted the re-rings on the inside of the drum to match the finish. They didn't do that on this kit. I wish they did and I may even try and get it custom done. Look at the interior of a Buckingham Scarlet Legend series drum. Man oh man!!
 

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you're in good company


Nicko McBrain describes his here/ same birch/ ex Premier employee/ and more
Those drums sound really great , so much low end . Even from the small toms .

Geez Louise !!!!
 


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