Hovland drum shells are built one at a time from scratch. These shells are crafted from selectively harvested Black Walnut, which has been chosen for its acoustic properties along with the fact that it is ecologically stable.
Our drums have an exclusive proprietary seamless drum shell design and building process and are made in Green County, Wisconsin USA. We grow, selectively harvest and process our wood locally, controlling quality from the forest to the finished product in an environmentally sustainable way.
We also offer a lifetime warranty on workmanship and materials.
The vertical grain of the Black Walnut plus its naturally inherent warm undertones on the bottom and its high clear note on top combine to give you the best of both musical worlds, a drum that sounds like a wood drum crossed with a metal drum. Hovland drums are unmatched in sonic projection and sensitivity.
Our drums have been played all around the world and have garnered an all around thumbs up from drummers, sound engineers and fans alike.
For over forty years Kirk Hovland has played, repaired and built drums from scratch. Our very first shell was carved back in 2000 and we patiently waited 12 years before releasing Hovland drums to the world. We did this to make sure our drums were perfect in design & sound, and that the shells would not crack, warp or shrink.
Hovland Drums is the only drum company in the world creating seamless Black Walnut drum shells; we have our own proprietary method of carving and a secret and highly guarded process for curing wood drum shells.
With years of R&D behind our product Hovland drums stand alone as the finest Black Walnut snare drums available on the market.
Hovland drums are the discerning drummers dream drum.
In principle our seamless vertical grain drum shell acts as a sound board, much like on a piano. The drum shell bearing edge functions as a bridge, much like on a string instrument.
Working in concert as a sound conduit with the drum head, the apex of the bearing edge and the seamless vertical grain shell wall combine to produce the most organic tone transference imaginable.
Our 55 degree hand burnished bearing edge with a thick shell wall is standard.
Hovland seamless vertical grain drum shells project open and natural musical tones that sound similar to tones a living tree produces while in the process of up taking water and nutrients through its root system.
This amazing process was documented and recorded by noted sound engineer George Martin (The Beatles).
Hovland shells have a thick shell wall, hand sculpted razor sharp 55 degree bearing edges and shallow 4" wide snare beds.
Those ingredients combined with the warm tone of Black Walnut give you an instrument that has maximum sensitivity and musical versatility.
Hovland shell diameters are slightly undersized allowing the flat section of the drumhead to seat properly on the bearing edge. The same principle is used on timpani.
Hovland proprietary USA made bronze lug spacers are custom designed to work in tandem with our tube lugs and timpani-style undersized shells.
American Black Walnut is one of the most musical sounding materials used in snare drum construction. Black Walnut`s naturally inherent warm undertones on the bottom and its high clear note on top combine to give you the best of both musical worlds, a drum that sounds like a wood drum crossed with a metal drum. Hovland drums are unmatched in sonic projection and sensitivity.
From the loudest roar to the quietest passage Hovland seamless Black Walnut Log Series snare drums have got it covered. Each drum is meticulously hand crafted from scratch by our master craftsman. First using a chainsaw and then a custom wood lathe.
Seamless Black Walnut drum shell
Machined brass tube lugs
Cast bronze lug spacers
3 position Trick strainer
Puresound snare wires
Remo coated CS batter head
Remo clear Ambassador snare side head
XL Elite Air snare case
Thick shell wall
Timpani style undersized shell diameter
55 degree bearing edges
Shallow 4" wide snare beds