C&C Custom Drums Europe



Gladstone Shells

4 Sizes

14 Finishes

The perfect Wood

C&C Hardware

Matching Wood Hoops


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C&C Drums Europe


The Gladstone Shell

The Gladstone series features 7 plies of North American Rock Maple, our single-ended Deco Lug and proprietary Bread and Butter bearing edge. This edge allows for a more open and resonant tone. It also promotes more body than what is typical of a modern Maple shell, making for a very musical and versatile sound. With thicker cuts than the industry standard, our Maple ply configuration is a refined version of the shell construction that put us on the map. If you’re interested in getting more infos on our in-house shell production, click here: Gladstone Shells.

4 Sizes

Bebop: 20“ Kickdrum (14“ or 16“ depth), 12“ Racktom (8“ or 9“ depth), 14“ Floortom (12“ or 14“ depth)
Suggested matching Snaredrum: 14“ x 5.5 (sold separately)
Big Beat: 22“ Kickdrum (14“ or 16“ depth), 13“ Racktom (8“ or 9“ depth), 16“ Floortom (14“ or 16“ depth)
Suggested matching Snaredrum: 14“ x 6.5 (sold separately)
Big Band: 24“ x 14 Kickdrum, 13“ Racktom (8“ or 9“ depth), 16“ Floortom (14“ or 16“ depth)
Suggested matching Snaredrum: 14“ x 6.5 (sold separately)
Bonzo: 24“ Kickdrum (14“ or 16“ depth), 14“ Racktom (9“ or 10“ depth), 18“ Floortom (14“ or 16“ depth)
Suggested matching Snaredrum: 14“ x 8 (sold separately)


The Gladstone Line is now available in a total of 14 finishes. We have deliberately worked out a tasteful variety of lacquers and wrap finishes over the last years to match every drummer’s desire in the look of our drums. Some of them, like for example Peanut Butter Swirl, Brown Butcher Block or Ebony Oyster, are exclusively available for this shell only. The current list of these finishes consists of 5 natural lacquers and 9 wraps which form the perfect basis — so that not only the inner wooden shell values fit perfectly to your taste, but also your drums appearance will be the gigs’ eye-catcher! Click on the round sample in the footer below and the rack tom pictures on this site will change into your desired finish option.

The perfect wood

All our drums start from wood — the essential origin for anything in respect of tone. Not round, perfectly formed pre-fabricated shells, but flat sheets of the most beautiful, perfect wood one can acquire. Our Gladstone line is made out of 7 plies of English Rock Maple. A classical shell design we have been using since the beginning of C&C Drums. If you want to know more about how our drums are made, we’d love to invite you to take a look at the link of our Gladstone Shells Page.

C&C Hardware

Besides our new double-ended lug which is used on the Player Date line, we’re very pleased to present you another in-house made single-ended lug design. Being inspired by many of the classics, it reveals the bridge building between a bit of a modern Kansas City architecture with aspects of many of our favorite lugs on drums from the past. Our single-ended „Art Deco“ lug is featured on the Gladstone Line regularly and works greatly in combination with Vintage „Fold Out“ spurs, the classic wood hoops on the toms and the Classic Deluxe strainer for the snare.

Matching Wood Hoops

Wood Hoops are always a class of their own. To make your kit an even more eye-catcher, adding some of these marvelous hoops on toms and/or snare drum is the perfect option. Our Wood Hoops, all certainly being handmade, are a beautiful addition to the drum kit. Gladstone Hoops are full finish hoops without inlays perfectly matching the design of your set. Picking some pairs of additional hoops for the toms or the snare as well will make your set become a drum piece of art the latest.


Additional Toms & Hoops

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Looking for some beautiful handmade Wood Hoops, another tom as an enlargement of your set-up, or maybe even both the same time? From 12“ to 24“ we offer additional shell sizes, as well as lovely looking matching Wood Hoops for all of these specs. For example, round up your Gladstone kit with a second floor tom and give all of the toms an even more stunning look with some classy hoops to make your vintage drum dream come true.

Cymbal & Tom Mount

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You’d like to get a Tom or Cymbal Mount to have your set look a bit more like the Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa style? No problem, we’d be happy installing you such an add-on in order to make your C&C setup even more compact and unique. Just let us know about your desired mount when ordering via mail or choose for your preferred option in the shop – we’re looking forward to upgrade your drum kit and making it even more special!

Your own configuration

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You have your very own Gladstone set-up in mind? Then choose from the various size options by yourself and compile a mixed configuration at additional charge, no problem. Further more you can also enlarge this setup with extras at the same time, like a tom or cymbal mount, or garnish with additional wood hoops: your wishes are no limits set. We’re always looking forward to see multiple individual Gladstone kit configurations presented to the world on a nightly by all kinds of drummers.

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The smallest configuration we offer for our C&C Drums lines is named after the origin for the modern Jazz – “Bebop”. This setup comes with a 20“ kick drum, a 12“ rack drum, a 14“ floor tom and an optional 14“ x 5.5 snare drum. It is designed for genres like jazz, funk, blues, indie, electro and folk. But since it comes with our very own Gladstone Shells, the tuning range also provides rock drummers with a full, rich and authentic sound, that will astonish your friends and band members and fellow drummers. Its feel is so honest and real, this model brings back the times that Bebop legends like Elvin Jones and Tony Williams coined and dominated. Whether it’s a session, a small stage oder a stadium: this C&C Drums kit is the perfect choice for drummers who are looking for a small, light-weight set, which provides a sound that simply amazes.

Big Beat
This is a classic. The C&C Drums Big Beat configuration with its 22“ kick drum, 13“ rack tom, 16“ floor tom and optional 14“ x 6.5 snare drum presents itself as the perfect all-round setup ranging from all kinds of Rock‘n’Roll to softer musical settings like Indie or Folk – and even Jazz guys love it for its diversity and high tuning range options. With this C&C Drums setup you can never go wrong: it is the most flexible configuration, providing the whole range of sounds from Jazz to Punkrock. The uniqueness of the in-house produced Gladstone Shells offers a warm vintage sound, which revive the best times of great players from the sixties and seventies, and allow the drummer to dive into this amazing world of rock history. The modern ways of production and the art of true vintage drum craftsmanship by C&C Drums create an outstanding drum kit, which can be called the perfect companion for all drummers of this kind.

Big Band
You’d like to have Big Beat tom sizes with a bigger kick? Then you’re perfectly right with choosing our Big Band configuration, the latest setup addition for C&C Drums drum lines. This configuration combines a 13“ rack tom, 16“ floor tom as well as the 14“ x 6.5 of the Big Beat with the bigger kick size, 24“ kick drum of the Bonzo configuration. The 24“ kick drum brings in some more volume and body and provides beautiful warm and huge sounds. The Big Beat toms keep the sound flexible and very diverse, so this is really the ideal choice for all players loving Big Beat sizes and preferring a bigger kick drum. Bringing back the classical sizes of the golden Big Band era, this C&C Drums kit is more than a great option for playing styles like Indie, Rock’n’Roll or Punkrock. And Buddy and Gene would have loved it too, by the way!

This is our C&C Drums configuration for all heavier playing styles and louder musical settings: 24“ kick drum, 14“ rack tom, 18“ floor tom and optional 14“ x 8 snare drum. Not only the massive and great look of these big sizes will drive everybody’s attention towards the drums on stage, of course you’ll always provide a huge and voluminous sound in every playing situation, as well. Due to extraordinary tuning range of C&C Drums’ Gladstone shells, it is versatile and applicable for many other styles at the same time, too. Actually this configuration is the definitive setup for all fans of the great days of Rock’n’Roll drumming when legends like Bonham or Moon defined a sound you can only recreate with such a vintage inspired kit. For everyone who wants to get back to that sound, look and feel, the C&C Drums Bonzo configuration is the ultimative choice.

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