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Keller VSS Maple Snare Shells

  • Made from 100% North American hard rock maple
  • Price includes 3 step sanding. Ready for finishing or covering
  • State-of-the-art staggered seam lamination gives extra strength
  • Precise snare beds perfected over more than 2 decades (optional)
  • Cleanest Reinforcement Rings you will find (optional)
  • Superior bearing edge choices (optional)
  • Precise Custom Drilling options available (optional)
  • Snare Shells available in 10"-15" in 6 ply or 8 ply  13"-14" in 10 ply
  • 6 ply Shells: .166" or 4mm or 5/32" wall thickness
  • 8 ply Shells: .220" or 5mm or 3/16" wall thickness
  • 10 ply Shells: .276" or 7.0mm or 5/16" wall thickness
  • We list all shell sizes by the Keller standard DEPTH x DIAMETER
  • Lead time to prepare in custom shop is running about 2-4 weeks

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Our Custom Bearing Edges

Crafted by human hands

  • Includes multistep sanding
  • Core gaps filled w/ real wood, no putty
  • 100% Chatter and Burn free

Superior bearing edge choices



DrumMaker Bearing Edge #1: "Standard" Single 45  most popular

DrumMaker Custom Bearing Edges

Inner bevel is hand cut to a 45 degree angle with outer "contact zone" being gently eased by hand sanding. The small 1ply head to shell contact zone lets the head sing, which allows for very easy tuning.

  • Single cut "simple" edge
  • Best for thinner 6ply shells.
  • Easy to tune. Great for 2ply heads
  • Bright, defined attack & nice sustain
  • Least body due to small 1ply contact zone
DrumMaker Custom Bearing Edges


Professional Edge Re-Cutting Services for YOUR Ready Shells

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What's a "ready shell"?

  • Hoops and heads removed from your shells.
  • Any ply openings or cracks filled & made solid.
  • Any loose wrap near edge glued down solid.
  • Any extreme dents made flat and level.

Need us to make your shells ready for new edges?

Pro take-apart, ply filling, leveling, wrap seam repairing of your shells is $45 per hour.
Please call us at 800-NEW-DRUM for estimate.

NOTE: Prices below are for ONE edge recut. If you need BOTH edges re-cut, choose quatity TWO.
ADD +30% for Acrylic Shells.
  Drum Type     Choose Your Options: Price
Ready Shell
 
    

After we see your order, we will contact with details of shipping your ready shells into our shop.


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Custom Layout & Drilling

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Drilling Options for Wood Shells

  Drum Type     Choose Your Options: Price
Snare Drum 
      
 Small Tom 
up to 13" 
      
Large Tom 
14" and up 
      
Floor Tom 
with legs 
      
Bass Drum 
with spurs 
      

Drilling Options for Acrylic Shells

  Drum Type     Choose Your Options: Price
Snare Drum 
      
 Small Tom 
up to 13" 
      
Large Tom 
14" and up 
      
Floor Tom 
with legs 
      
Bass Drum 
with spurs 
      

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Professional Drum Wrapping Services for Raw/Ready Shells

  Drum Type     Choose Your Options: Price
Ready Shell 
      
NOTE: For Glass Glitter material +10% will be added, due to extra care and time required.
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Wrapping our raw shells includes:

  • Applying new wrap to the shell with 100% glue coverage.
  • Bonding surface and seam with our high pressure rollers.
  • Hand blending the wrap into the outer bearing edges.

Wrapping your ready shells includes:

  • All above plus...
  • Removing drum badge and/or air vent grommet.
  • Re-drilling any needed holes through wrap for hardware.
  • Reinstalling badge and/or air vent grommet.
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What's a "ready shell"?

  • All hardware removed from your shells.
  • All old drum wrap stripped from your shells.
  • 100% of old glue/tape residue removed from shells.
  • Any high or low areas made smooth and level.
  • Any holes that you DO NOT want re-drilled tape over from inside.

Need us to make your shells ready for wrapping?

Professional stripping, prepping, repairing of your shells is $45 per hour.
Please call us at 800-NEW-DRUM to discuss your project details for an estimate.

The wrap material is purchased separately here.
Bearing edge re-cutting service is available separately here.

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The DrumMaker Craftsman

Rob Kamps Drummaker.com craftsman DrumMaker Video

Since 2005, Rob Kampa has been the hidden talent behind the DrumMaker in-house custom shop. Rob has experience as a research scientist, science teacher, a drummer/instructor and a fine furniture refinisher. He spent a decade of his life working in the field of chemical research and has even taught science. So when it comes to applying scientific method and the principles of materials science, Rob holds valuable knowledge of the critcal underlying factors of wood crafting, finishing, and the physics of sound... basically he knows how to build a great drum.

For some in the drum industry, Rob has "flown under the radar". Having crafted 3000+ snare drums, he is truly an innovative and influential custom drum maker. He has crafted drums for the likes of Blue Man Group, the U.S. Army Ground Forces Jazz Bands, and many metal and country artists. For more than 24 years, Rob has challenged drum making communities around the world to raise the level of excellence.

In 1989, When Rob brought his own "Magstar Drums" onto the scene, there were only a few fledgling custom drum makers searching for new ways of approaching the individualized needs of drummers. Many knew the look and sound they wanted, but couldn't find it amongst the cookie cutter brand-name drum co's of the time. More than a decade before the modern-anything-you-want custom style was born, Rob had begun to experiment with different materials and techniques of bearing edge cutting, wood type and ply-configurations to produce drums with higher sensitivity, projection and response.

Magstar first appeared in Modern Drummer magazine's New and Notable section in 1993. Proving that by utilizing the right tools and craftsmanship, one could embark upon a mission to give the big name drum companies a run for it. The custom drum world was still in very early days and Rob Kampa was one of only a select few paving the way for the craft we know today.

By 1994 Magstar's snare drums were under full review, showing up in MD. A full kit review followed in 1995. This Magstar kit utilized low mass piccolo-type lugs on the toms and bass drum which were powder coated for visual effect and low-maintenance. Both features uncommon before this time.

December 1997, brought another great MD review of Magstar snares. Rob's innovations were soon to inspire be imitated industrywide. Altogether, Magstar has seen 5 very favorable major reviews in Modern Drummer magazine.




"If you have ever had the chance to play one of Rob's creations, you know that he knows how to build a great sounding drum."

  George Lawrence- Not So Modern Drummer Magazine 2013 feature article

In the DrumMaker shop today, Rob is ready to hand craft your drums to any stage of completion, whether it's just prepping your raw shell, re-cutting edges on that vintage snare or creating a full custom kit with multiple steps of hand sanding, custom bearing edges, drilling mounting holes, shaping snare beds, and wrapping with plastic finishes. He maintains his fanatical devotion to the craft of drum making.


The early DrumMaker years

From 1995 to 2004 DrumMaker custom work was done by Bill Von Kamp of Huntsville, AL. Bill was a true craftsman from the old school of drum building, having spent time perfecting his craft at the Corder drum company. After many years in the industry, he was anxious to retire. Many of the original tools, jigs and templates that Bill acquired from the Corder and Fibes drum companies are still utilized by DrumMaker in our shop today. A few include: Our 42" custom belt-drive sanding disk for trueing shells, a special table saw jig for cutting shells to depth, and our high pressure roller used in applying wrap. Tools like these combined with our seven router stations allow DrumMaker to offer nearly any imaginable bearing edge design/profile.

Bill has likely forgotten more about the art of drum building that most of us will ever come to know. He passed the torch along to Rob Kampa, sharing his drum makings secrets and techniques during an in-depth crash course visit to his shop in 2005. Rob has combined this old school art of handcrafting and attention to detail with the his own cutting edge and scientific methods to offer DrumMaker builders the best of all worlds.

8ply Keller VSS Maple Bass Drum Shells


* Note: 2017 prices posting soon. Add shell to cart to see current cost.
Depth x Head Choose Your Options: Price
14 x 14
 
86.22   
16 x 16
 
114.22   
16 x 18
 
132.22   
18 x 18
 
130.88   
12 x 20
 
117.88   
14 x 20
 
135.22   
16 x 20
 
143.22   
18 x 20
 
151.22   
20 x 20
 
164.88   
22 x 20
 
173.88   
24 x 20
 
174.88   
14 x 22
 
154.88   
16 x 22
 
152.22   
18 x 22
 
161.22   
20 x 22
 
178.88   
22 x 22
 
182.88   
24 x 22
 
183.88   
14 x 24
 
167.88   
16 x 24
 
168.88   
18 x 24
 
163.22   
20 x 24
 
185.88   
22 x 24
 
185.88   
24 x 24
 
185.88   
14 x 26
 
182.88   
16 x 26
 
193.88   
18 x 26
 
193.88   
20 x 26
 
202.88   
22 x 26
 
204.88   
24 x 26
 
193.88   
14 x 28
 
186.88   
16 x 28
 
186.88   
18 x 28
 
204.88   
20 x 28
 
207.88   
22 x 28
 
215.88   
24 x 28
 
217.88   

Keller VSS Maple "Woofer" Shells

* Note: 2017 prices posting soon. Add shell to cart to see current cost.
Depth x Head Choose Your Options: Price
6 x 20
 
31.22   
8 x 20
 
37.22   
10 x 20
 
30.22   
6 x 22
 
25.22   
8 x 22
 
30.22   
10 x 22
 
34.22   
6 x 24
 
28.22   
8 x 24
 
34.22   
10 x 24
 
39.22   
6 x 26
 
33.22   
8 x 26
 
38.22   
10 x 26
 
43.22   
6 x 28
 
36.22   
8 x 28
 
41.22   
10 x 28
 
48.22   

Keller VSS Maple Octoban Tom Shells

* Note: 2017 prices posting soon. Add shell to cart to see current cost.
Depth x Head Choose Your Options: Price
10 x 6
 
57.22   
12 x 6
 
58.22   
14 x 6
 
66.88   
16 x 6
 
75.88   
18 x 6
 
79.22   

Keller VSS Maple Trigger eDrum Shells

* Note: 2017 prices posting soon. Add shell to cart to see current cost.
Depth x Head Choose Your Options: Price
4 x 8
 
23.22   
4 x 10
 
25.22   
8 x 16
 
44.22   

6ply Keller VSS Maple "Quick-Tom" Shells

* Note: 2017 prices posting soon. Add shell to cart to see current cost.
Depth x Head Choose Your Options: Price
7 x 8
 
38.22   
8 x 10
 
51.22   
9 x 12
 
68.22   
10 x 13
 
81.22   
11 x 14
 
82.88   
12 x 15
 
99.88   
13 x 16
 
108.88   
14 x 18
 
132.88   

8ply Keller VSS Maple "Quick-Tom" Shells

* Note: 2017 prices posting soon. Add shell to cart to see current cost.
Depth x Head Choose Your Options: Price
7 x 8
 
52.88   
8 x 10
 
52.22   
9 x 12
 
78.22   
10 x 13
 
86.22   
11 x 14
 
85.88   
12 x 15
 
102.88   
13 x 16
 
110.88   
14 x 18
 
136.88   

6ply Keller VSS Maple Blank Rings

Depth x Head   Price
7/8 x 6
Blank Ring - Maple 6ply 6 inch Diameter
5.88   
7/8 x 8
Blank Ring - Maple 6ply 8 inch Diameter
5.88   
7/8 x 10
Blank Ring - Maple 6ply 10 inch Diameter
6.88   
7/8 x 12
Blank Ring - Maple 6ply 12 inch Diameter
6.88   
7/8 x 13
Blank Ring - Maple 6ply 13 inch Diameter
6.88   
7/8 x 14
Blank Ring - Maple 6ply 14 inch Diameter
6.88   
7/8 x 15
Blank Ring - Maple 6ply 15 inch Diameter
6.88   
7/8 x 16
Blank Ring - Maple 6ply 16 inch Diameter
7.88   
7/8 x 18
Blank Ring - Maple 6ply 18 inch Diameter
7.88   

8ply Keller VSS Maple Blank Rings

Depth x Head   Price
7/8 x 6
Blank Ring - Maple 8ply 6 inch Diameter
6.88   
7/8 x 8
Blank Ring - Maple 8ply 8 inch Diameter
6.88   
7/8 x 10
Blank Ring - Maple 8ply 10 inch Diameter
7.88   
7/8 x 12
Blank Ring - Maple 8ply 12 inch Diameter
7.88   
7/8 x 13
Blank Ring - Maple 8ply 13 inch Diameter
7.88   
7/8 x 14
Blank Ring - Maple 8ply 14 inch Diameter
7.88   
7/8 x 15
Blank Ring - Maple 8ply 15 inch Diameter
7.88   
7/8 x 16
Blank Ring - Maple 8ply 16 inch Diameter
7.88   
7/8 x 18
Blank Ring - Maple 8ply 18 inch Diameter
7.88   
7/8 x 20
Blank Ring - Maple 8ply 20 inch Diameter
8.88   
7/8 x 22
Blank Ring - Maple 8ply 22 inch Diameter
8.88   
7/8 x 24
Blank Ring - Maple 8ply 24 inch Diameter
8.88   




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