Just taken delivery of my custom built Snare from DHC Custom Drums of Bridgend.
The specs are; 14x8 10 ply Maple shell, tube lugs, Trick Throw Off with Puresound 'Blaster' wires, finished in a nice dark mahogony style stain.
This is the first snare that has been built by Dai and as you can see it's been a labour of love from him. First impressions were of a flawless finish and excellent build quality. With a bit of tweaking of the heads it straight away gave me that warm, slightly dry, deep 'woody' sound that I was after. I was surprised just how responsive such a deep snare is, with ghost and buzz notes being translated wonderfully. At medium tuning with two bits of moongel I have got the sound that I was after when I first got chatting with Dai, but I was amazed at just how versatile this snare is at both high and low tunings. Lovely rim shots and sidesticks as well as being able to get a lively timbale sound with the wires off and cranked up high.
This is a snare that I could happily play all day and I can't wait to get it out on the road.
I'm really excited to see where this new company is gonna go from here, I already have a few ideas of bits I'll be getting Dai to make for me in 2012!
DHC offer kit refurbs as well as custom building to any specs you fancy, check em out on facebook or via their blog site; www.dhcustomdrums.blogspot.com