Gladstone Drum Shells are the product of decades of vintage drum restoration and building from the people here at C&C Drums. C&C can take their knowledge of ply thickness, configuration, and history of vintage shells, and apply this knowledge when creating these great and unique drum shells.
When designing our shells, we wanted to focus on one main objective, less glue, more wood. Our standard 6 ply maple shell contains over 30% more wood than a typical 8-ply Keller maple shell. These thicker plys give a lower fundamental tone, which in turn gives a warmer sound. Gladstone’s objective is simple.
Our shells start with large pallets of 2 ply wood sheets. We are constantly working to make sure we build our shells with the highest quality wood. Perfect shells start with perfect wood.
Then these 2 ply sheets are cut down into smaller sections. Each piece is hand cut to the exact specification of each shell.
Pieces are then grouped together according to shell size, thickness, and configuration of the desired shell size. Once grouped, these pieces will stay together until the shell is completed.
Before the molding process can start, glue is applied to the wood sheets by hand.
The sheets are then stacked in the correct configuration and placed into the mold.
After sitting in the mold for a predetermined time and temperature, the raw shell can be removed from the mold.
Once removed from the mold, each shell is hand sanded. This removes excess glue from the molding process and gives the shell that bright new look.
Finally each shell is trimmed down to the desired depth. From here, the shells will be sent out to a drum builder or used in house on our own kits.