My Drums T1 to T5

T1, T2, T3, and T4 are from Martin Schwertfeger who crafted them with tremendous knowhow, and genuine dedication.

T1 and T2 are custom-built according to my wishes.
T3 and T4 are prototypes.

T5 is a Swiss Army Drum from 1914.

Martin has his workshop in Oberburg near Burgdorf (BE), Switzerland.

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T1 - The Wooden Basel Drum

Diameter: 41 cm
Weight: 3,96 kg
Shell: Ø41 cm, 3 mm, 3-layers laminate, glazed, lacquered 3 times, impregnated interior
Rims: 11 holes, massive ash, nature
Rope: 13,6 m hemp with Kevlar inlay, spliced, whipped
Braces: Leather, brown, sewed
Rope guards: No
Batter head: Calf on aluminum flesh hoop, lacquered head edge
Snare head: Plastic on aluminum head hoop, white
Snare strainer: 3-fold, aluminum, anodized bronze
Snares: Forte = 6-fold Catline™ (gut), Piano = 4-fold spiral with Nylon inlay, and 2-fold spring
Drag rope: Hemp, braided
Interior muffler: Adjustable and muffler ribbon


T2 - The Aluminum Basel Drum

Diameter: 41 cm
Weight: 4,56 kg
Shell: Ø41 cm, 1 mm, aluminum, chromed
Rims: 11 holes, massive, lacquered 4 times red and white
Rope: 13,6 m terylene, white, with Kevlar inlay, spliced, whipped
Braces: Leather, white, sewed
Rope guards: Polished, chromed
Drum legs: Polished, chromed
Batter head: Gama-Tex on aluminum head hoop, lacquered head edge
Snare head: Plastic on aluminum head hoop, white
Snare strainer: 3-fold, brass, polished, chromed
Snares: Forte = 6-fold Catline™ (gut), Piano = 4-fold spiral with Nylon inlay, and 2-fold spring
Drag rope: Leather, white, riveted
Interior muffler: Adjustable and muffler ribbon


T3 - The Wood Drum with Tensioning Screws

Diameter: 41 cm
Weight: 5,89 kg
Shell: Ø41 cm, 3 mm, 6-layers laminate, lacquered 3 times, impregnated interior
Rims: 12 holes, laminated beech, mat black
Tensioning system: Silver color anodized, two 12 holes support rings, 12 tension rods with 2 M6 screws each
Drum legs: No
Batter head: Gama-Tex on aluminum head hoop
Snare head: Plastic on aluminum head hoop, white
Snare strainer: 3-fold, aluminum, silver color anodized
Snares: Forte = 4-fold Catline™ (gut), Piano = 4-fold spiral with Nylon inlay, and 2-fold spring
Drag ribbon: Nylon, black
Interior muffler: Adjustable and muffler ribbon


T4 - The Carbon Basel Drum

Diameter: 41 cm
Weight: 3,60 kg
Shell: Ø41 cm, 1 mm, carbon
Rims: 11 holes, beech
Rope: 13,6 m hemp with Kevlar inlay, spliced, whipped
Braces: Leather, brown, sewed
Rope guards: No
Drum legs: No
Batter head: Sim-Tex on aluminum head hoop
Snare head: Plastic on aluminum head hoop, transparent
Snare strainer: 2-fach, hard anodized anthracite
Snares: Forte = 6-fold Catline™ (gut), Piano = 4-fold spiral with Nylon inlay, and 2-fold spring
Drag rope: Hemp, tied
Interior muffler: Adjustable and muffler ribbon


T5 - The Swiss Army Drum Nr. 122 from 1914

This drum is a litle treasure, received as a gift from Martin as I visited him in his workshop in Oberburg (Switzerland) on July 6, 2023. Thanks again, Martin!

Diameter: 39 cm
Weight: 3,50 kg
Shell: Aluminum, Ø39 cm, height = 15 cm, thickness = 0,8 mm
Rims: Wood, massif
Batter head: Plastic on aluminum head hoop, white, thickness = 0,25 mm (Elite, Rothen, Bern)
Snare head: Plastic on aluminum head hoop, white, thickness = 0,10 mm (Elite, Rothen, Bern)
Tensioning: 6 turnbuckle with open eye bolts
Snare strainer: Simple
Snares: 4x gut, Ø0,25 mm
Sling (bandoleer): Leather, brown
Sticks: Length 42 cm, shaft Ø18,5 mm, tip Ø17,5 mm olive shaped, 93 g (82 g), dark brown
Drag strap Leather, brown
Interior muffler: Muffler ribbon (not original, fitted later)


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