- Aug 12, 2020
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- Roxana, IL
no offense intended but how do you know that a Rogers bass drum built in 1971 was made from wood that was 200 years old?
(I like old drums but never owned any Rogers).
The resonant quality of dry wood you describe makes sense to me.
Would not a thin fibreglass shell resonate the same way?
I do own a 20” Ludwig Club date that sounds great, guess it’s circa 1969 from the badge, never compared it to a Rogers drum so I’m just curious.
The discussion about shell composition seems to be endless and kinda hard to prove scientifically that one wood is sonically “better” than another. I guess “the sound” is in the ear of the listener.
I believe heads & bearing edges and tuning have as much to do with sound as the shell.
I would say the difference in wood is subtler than we think. Yes- it’s old growth, wild wood, opposed to the modern, farm-raised trees we have now. Many an argument has been made about this, whether it’s guitars or drums.
I would say that laminated plies are less sensitive than, say a single ply drum or a solid body guitar. Now- the age of the finished instrument can come into question. I don’t know that drums will ever be subject to so many processes like guitars have, such as torrified wood, vibration machines to age wood, etc., in trying to cop the vibe of an older, more stable instrument.
Considering that a few people have replicated a Rogers bass drum reasonably, while wood can be an effective factor, it is likely down to ply thickness, wood species, and edges, as you have said.