The snare especially becomes a sensitive
and articulate instrument when tuned optimally.
So much so, in fact, that I'd have no
qualms in recommending it for concert of symphonic use.
A Weighty Decision
Spirit's solid-shell drums are among
the most distinctive and beautiful I've encountered.
But it must be said that when you start with the world's
heaviest wood, and then add a substantial amount of
steel hardware, the resulting drums are going to be
heavy. Heeaavvy - to the extend that I'd have trouble
recommending them for use by club-daters who move in
and out of venues on a daily or weekly basis. However,
if your playing situation involves a studio installation,
a long-running show, a house gig in a club - or a crew
of husky roadies to move your gear - I'd say go for
it! A rack system would be the best way to support the
drums, since mounting them off cymbal stands with multi-clamps
could be an exercise in balance and counter-weighting.
Out From Down-Under
You're not going
to find a Spirit solid-shell kit sitting on a dealer's
shelf waiting to find a home. Each kit is built strictly
to order, as part of a consultation process between
Jim, Matt, and the customer. Spirit requires three months
to complete construction - most of which is for the
wood season - and a 33% deposit up front.
Matt and Jim care deeply about their
products, so they combine the finest components, handcrafted
quality, and individualised service to best fill the
needs of their customers. You don't just order a kit
from Spirit, you form a relationship with the builders.
Together you work out the details until your dream drums
are realised. If you are patient enough, and you have
the means to obtain one of these kits, you will ultimately
be playing on a true work of art. You can contact Spirit
Drums at 11 Cycas Close, rainforest Estate, Cairns 4870,
Australia, tel: 011 617 40 390961, fax: 0011 617 40
In addition, Spirit's Web site, www.spiritdrums.com,
has a wealth of information about their drums, the unique
wood they use, and their construction process. And they
recently added a feature that allows you to chat live
with Matt or Jim, if they're available. Just remember
that Australia is fourteen hours ahead of the Easter
Time zone, so check and see if you can click on the
chat icon. You may begin a dialog that could change
the course of your drumming life for good.