This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the June 2016 issue, which is available here.

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Limited Series All Maple and All Mahogany Drumsets

Precisely made, professional-grade kits from Finland’s top craftsman.

Founded in 1984 by Finnish builder Pekka Helanen, Kumu started out making acoustic and electric guitars and basses in addition to drums. A decade later, Helanen refocused the business to just drums. The company has its own molds and makes its own shells for its All Birch Custom and Original series drums. Limited series drums, which we have for review, have shells made overseas to Kumu’s specs, but Helanen’s team is responsible for drilling the holes, cleaning up the bearing edges, and assembling the final drums.

Limited series toms are available in 10″–16″ sizes, bass drums are available in 18″–22″, and snares come in 5×14 and 6.5×14. We received two kits: All Maple in rock/studio sizes and All Mahogany in jazz/fusion sizes. Let’s dig in!

Michael Dawson
For the complete review, check out the June 2016 issue, which is available here.


June 2016 Issue of Modern Drummer magazine featuring Peter Erskine