MCD Percussion Optimal Sound Series
This custom boutique drum maker from Philadelphia specializes in solid-shell domestic- and exotic-wood drumkits. The Optimal Sound series (OSS) allows drummers to pick their own wood types, shell sizes, and shell thicknesses for the sound characteristics they’re looking for. For example, the prototype OSS kit consisted of 8″ and 10″ toms made of canary wood, a 12″ myrtle tom, 14″ and 16″ walnut floor toms, a 22″ maple kick, and a 14″ catalpa snare. The thickness of each shell increased progressively, providing more open tones for the smaller toms and snares while larger drums have a powerful low-end timbre.