Our C&C customs kits offer everyone the opportunity to configure a kit exactly after ones desire and thus assemble and play a truly unique drum kit.
If you want to get some inspirations from custom kits we’ve build in the past, take a look at our gallery beneath.
In case you have any questions regarding one of your drum kits or single shell sizes, feel free to contact us!
Yes, Walnut Poplar Walnut may be a new idea for a shell, but trust us when we say they’re more reminiscent of your favorite pair of jeans than a modern drum shell. Soft yet solid, broken in but not broken up, these are how you imagine vintage drums to sound, but believe us when we say you have never heard one sound this good. Add to this that walnut has a beautiful grain, and you may end up not wanting to cover them at all, preferring to choose a satin finish. Walnut Poplar Walnut is a C&C original, and we could not be more proud of the sonic value in this shell.
It could be argued that a large part of the sounds, grooves and players that inspire today’s top rock drummers come from an era when Ludwig championed the Maple Poplar Maple shell. Although these shells are based on classic drums from the 1970’s, our Maple Poplar Maple shells are in a class all their own. These drums have a wide tuning range, but also contain vastly different personalities depending on the sizes you choose. That is to say, from John Densmore to John Boham, these drums have they ability to go with you on whatever musical path you decide to journey down.
We work with many great artists here at C&C. In fact we’re simply blown away at the caliber of player that has chosen to champion our drums. One of those artists is the incredible Joey Waronker. Joey has played with everyone from Thom Yorke of Radiohead to Norah Jones. At Joey’s request we began to experiment with Luan Mahogany, and we have to say we are thrilled with the results! If you are looking for an extremely musical shell with a lot personality, either of our Luan options would be an excellent choice.
Our Luan Popular Luan shells are about attack and decay. The attack comes on slightly after the note with a sound that could only be described as buttery, while the decay is rounded and smooth at the end of the note. The middle ply of poplar adds an extra level of depth, character and tone, making the shell sound and feel more robust, responding the same if played lightly or with a heavy hand/foot. If you are a drummer looking for something extra, but still with the ability to be a sonic chameleon through a variety of gigs, these are the shells for you.
Similar to our Luan Popular Luan shell, but with a more open tone featuring 6 ply Luan Mahogany rings. Perfect for players looking for a darker sound with an even longer decay than the Luan Popular Luan shell. These drums are extremely expressive, making them the perfect choice for backing jazz, bluegrass, folk, singer/songwriters and even electronic artists.
The idea of a straight maple shell is something that has come into vogue more recently than some of our other shell combinations. Many would say that a straight maple shell has a decidedly more modern tone than shells made from differing plies of wood. While we agree that maple is incredibly clean and clear sounding, the shell designs we have chosen give credence to a time when a soul revue felt like a punk show, and when rock was young, loud and electrified for the first time.
Wide open space that’s as clear as a bell. That’s what you get with our 4-ply Maple shell. Take your favorite live soul recording from the late 60’s, and put that drum sound on stage with you. It’s a simple as that. These drums can take as much gas as you can give them and they never sputter. Playing a ballad? No problem. The thinness of the shell keeps your stick or brush definition up, while respecting the fact that you are holding back.
Specially designed after the English Rogers shells of the 60′s, these drums are round and bright, with a decay that evens out as it fades out. If you’re looking to fulfill your inner Keith Moon, our 5 ply Maple shell will take you there. Even though these drums can stand beside any Marshall stack and be heard, they are not in any way just about shear volume. No, our 5-ply Maple shell is what everyone wants from a drum and it’s player. It takes rock from any decade and makes it sound better than it did before.
Tradition is in the details. That’s why we outfit our drums with hardware options that are as durable as they are beautiful.Hardware is something we take very seriously at C&C, feeling that it is much more than just the parts that hold the drums and heads in place. The aesthetics of your hardware can say as much about your kit as the finish and lug options of your drums. Being fans of times gone by, we are particularly drawn to the vintage bass drum spur. You can honestly not get anymore throwback than this. Non-adjustable in height, we generally leave an inch of space between the bass drum and the floor. We have found the drum has optimum resonance in this position, not only because of the height from floor to rim, but because the legs are extremely lightweight and unobtrusive, yet durable. While we highly endorse the vintage style bass drum spur, we understand that not everyone is comfortable with this style. For those that prefer something more modern, we offer fully height adjustable, heavy-duty telescoping modern spurs. All of our bass drums come equipped with “Slingerland-style” claw claps that attach themselves to a 10-ply maple bass drum hoop.
We offer two options of lugs that we feel not only fits the style of our drums, but can take a beating on the road as well.
Not only is this considered our “house lug” as it comes standard on all of our drums, but it’s also the house favorite. Not only do they hark back to the days of some of the finest drums ever made, but they stand the test of time by looking amazing on just about any drum you put them on. These gorgeous clamshell lugs come in single and double-sided styles so no offsetting is needed to complete a full kit.
Although these lugs are most often seen on “pre-war” drums, they are as relevant and inspiring now as when they were first introduced in 1923. These lugs are made of chrome-plated brass, with rubber stoppers to eliminate noise and tuning problems. While they may look as good as your grandfather’s tube lug, they tune up and sound as good as anything out there.
Our drums feature a 2.3mm chrome plated steel hoop as standard equipment. This solid hoop provides a reliable and versatile tuning range. To achieve a more classic look, die-cast and stick-saver hoops are also available. Looking for something to complement our tube lugs? Wooden tom hoops and single flange metal hoops with claw clips give your drums not only a distinctive look, but also can help to alter the sound, making the drums warmer with a extremely distinctive attack.
First impressions count, and we want your drums to look as amazing as they sound. We have, as well as produce ourselves, a wide variety of sparkle, glass glitter, satin flame, oyster, satin stains and even duco finishes.
You can find more finishes in our gallery.