C&C Custom Drums Europe

Player Date Europe

Exclusive Natural
Exclusive Wrap

Gladstone Shells

4 Sizes

2 exclusive Finishes

The perfect Wood

C&C Hardware

Inlayed Wood Hoops


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C&C Drums Europe


Gladstone Shells

The Player Date Europe is a 7-ply African Mahogany/Luan Mahogany/Maple kit with a full contact bearing edge. It is the result of long-term discussions and interchange of ideas about realizing an exclusive kit C&C kit for the European market. The shell construction using three different woods, the soft, musical Luan of the Player Date, the bright, resonant Maple of the Player Date II and adding also African Mahogany for giving some extra richness and warmth. This hybrid shell, combining the best of both worlds of the previous Player Date lines, sounds absolutely stunning. To learn more about the production process of our beautiful Gladstone Shells, click here.

4 Sizes

As for the Player Date I and II, we offer four configuration sizes for the Player Date Europe as well:

Be-bop: 20“ x 14 kick drum, 12“ x 8 rack tom, 14“ x 14 floortom & matching 14“ x 5.5 snare drum
Big Beat: 22“ x 14 kick drum, 13“ x 8 rack tom, 16“ x 15 floortom & matching 14“ x 6.5 snare drum
Big Band: 24“ x 14 kick drum, 13“ x 8 rack tom, 16“ x 15 floortom & matching 14“ x 8 snare drum
Bonzo: 24“ x 14 kick drum, 14“ x 9 rack tom, 18“ x 15 floortom & matching 14“ x 8 snare drum

2 exclusive Finishes

Initially, we offer two beautiful exclusive finish options for the Player Date Europe: A Natural African „Ribbon“ Mahogany finish as well as a Ginger Glass Glitter wrap. The Natural finish reveals the wonderful grain of the African Mahogany wood while the Ginger Glass Glitter brings back the excitement of a classy vintage wrap from the gold old days of American drums. Both finish options on this extraordinary exclusive shell are only available at C&C Drums Europe. In combination with Single Flanged hoops, Vintage „Fold Out“ spurs, our unique Full Contact bearing edge and our in-house made Player Date double-ended hardware, this kit is not only a perfect addition to its American originals, it has become an outstanding instrument itself.

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. The Player Date Europe has our very own African Mahogany/Luan Mahogany/Maple shell (7-ply), a shell you can’t get anywhere else from here since it’s an European exclusive. 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

We’re very pleased that we’re — after having started producing our own shells — now also able to provide the Player Date with an inhouse 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 favorites lugs on drums from the past. Our double ended „Art Deco“ lug is featured on all Player Dates regularly and works greatly in combination with Vintage „Fold Out“ spurs, the Butterfly Bassdrum claws and the Classic Deluxe strainer for snare.

Inlayed Wood Hoops

Every Player Date comes with beautiful inlayed Wood Hoops, so of course our Player Date Europe does. The Ginger Glass Glitter comes with greatly matching inlayed Black Stain Hoops, the African Mahogany provides with lovely Maple Hoops which which surround the natural inlay. Like on both original US lines, no detail has been overlooked on these drums and we have made sure these lovely hoops round off the look for every Player Date Europe kit perfectly.


Additional Toms

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Besides the standard configurations for the Player Date Europe, we of course offer additional tom sizes in order to enlarge and fulfill your desired set-up perfectly. Maybe a second floor tom for having more bottom and volume in your kit? Or maybe another rack tom for proving with a great tone in between? This is all no problem, if anything. We’d like to get you your personal Player Date Europe configuration as perfect as can be!

Additional Wood Hoops

C&C Drums - Player Date Europe - 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. Like anything else, our unique wood hoops are all certainly being handmade and represent a beautiful extension of the drum kit. When enlarging your Player Date with some of these hoops, it is by then not only an instrument anymore, but can be considered as a drum piece of art at the latest.

Cymbal + Tom Mounts

C&C Drums - Player Date Europe - Cymbal + Tom Mounts

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

C&C Drums - Player Date Europe - Configuration

You have your very own Player Date 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.

Special Sizes

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2013 has been „The year of the short kick drum“ at C&C, like Jake Cardwell once stated. Since then we offer 12“ depth kick drums for the Player Date Europe at no additional charge. For Jazz guys among you, we’ll provide with a 18“ x 14 (or 18“ x 12) kick size. At special request we also do a 10“ x 7 rack toms for example. Via these new size options, we can now also provide you with classical Jazz configurations or special rock’n‘roll setups for the Player Date line!


C&C Drums - Player Date Europe

Besides the options „Special Sizes“ and „Your Own Configuration“ we offer also the possibility of customizing our unique and exclusive Player Date shells. For example: You want Tube lugs on the 7-ply Luan shell of the PDI or an Ebony Oyster finish combined with the outstanding PDII shell? No problem at all! Let us know about your ideas and your vision you have in mind in this regard – we’re looking forward to make your customized Player Date drum dream come true!

Player Date Europe Soundfiles - more to follow!



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.

from € 2190.-


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