My name is Mike Turner.
Bristol Drum Co. is a small, workshop based business that produces distinctive, high quality, individually crafted instruments. No two drums are identical, and each drum carries its own individual serial number identity.
Bristol Drums are made exclusively using hand crafted segmented drum shells. I don't buy in mass produced laminated shells or use wraps, veneers or laminates in the construction of these drums. I favour the more demanding segmented construction process over vertical stave construction as the grain alignment and structure produce a better sounding and stronger shell that will accurately maintain its form and not suffer the effects of changes in temperature and humidity that can arise in stave shells.
Traditional wood finishes are used to protect and present the beauty of the particular timbers used in each drum.
Materials are carefully selected and combined to produce a drum that is both an object where the beauty of top quality material and craftsmanship are clear to be seen and appreciated, and also an instrument that is a pleasure to play and hear. Only FSC or UK grown timber is used and the drums are all hand made in the Bristol workshop.
Bristol Drums Co. has a range of snare drums available for delivery direct from bristol-drum-co.uk. Some drums are also stocked by Drumattic (Radstock, near Bath) if you want to try them out - check out @drumatticshop or www.drum-attic.co.uk, and in Drumazon in Cardiff - www.drumazon.com or @Drumazon or drumazonofficial on Instagram.
We are able to produce bespoke drums based on individual requirements for drum sizes and fittings, materials and design, and are always happy to take on special projects – our aim is for our work at all times to be nothing if not special.
Contact us to check availability, arrange sales or custom requirements.