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. 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.
7 PLY MAPLE
Articulate, Bright, Resonant
Bearing Edge: Bread & Butter
Everything starts with our drum shells. Made from the highest quality veneer, each ply is put through a rigorous quality inspection before being glued and bent into our moulds. Being able to produce our own drum shells has given us the opportunity to create the exact sound that we want out of a drum.
From high-gloss lacquers to satin stains and everything in between, the quality of our finishes is only matched by the quality of our shells. Every drum is hand-sanded and finished by our master craftsmen. Our inlays are simple, elegant, and available in a variety of choices to create something completely original.
Eclectic, understated, and inspired by the architecture of Kansas City, our lugs are made from die cast steel and are plated in the highest quality chrome. They are available in either single ended or double-ended versions.
Our bearing edges are hand cut and hand sanded. Possibly the most important aspect of a drum’s tone, Bearing edges can transform each one of our shells in countless ways.
After assembling the components, tuning, and testing the drums, a rigorous quality control process is undertaken. The drums must meet our highest standards before we send out the finished product to its final destination—you, our valued customer.