Maple Archives - Modern Drummer Magazine


Modern Drummer is the world’s most widely read drum magazine, is dedicated entirely to the art of drumming and caters to the needs of amateur, semi-pro, and professional drummers.

What You Need to Know About...Plywood Snare Drums

As touring and recording great Kenny Aronoff explained, “Start with a metal drum and a wood. That will cover a lot of situations.” TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital…

by Michael Dawson
Jan 30, 2019

Bone Custom Drums - Maple/Carbon Fiber Drumset

When you think of who’s making top-shelf handcrafted drums, a small company out of Central Europe might not come to mind first. But maybe it should. Since 2005, Slovenia-based Bone Custom Drums has been building high-quality and completely customizable kits…

by Christopher Kozar
Jul 31, 2018

Product Close-Up – Canopus Snare Drums

Canopus is one of the premier boutique drum manufacturers in Japan, specializing in reinventing classic designs from the past and refining contemporary drum construction methods. The Yaiba II series is the company’s foray into a more affordable price point and…

Mar 8, 2017

Stellar - 3-Ply and Walnut/Bird’s-Eye Maple Wood Hoops

Product Close-Up Stellar 3-Ply and Walnut/Bird’s-Eye Maple Wood Hoops Superbly built options for achieving drier, warmer drum tones. The folks at Stellar sent us two pairs of wood hoops to review. Out of the box, the first thing I noticed…

Feb 23, 2017


Chicago has a long history in American drum manufacturing, with two of the most prominent companies, Ludwig and Slingerland, getting their start in the Windy City. Newcomer Chicago Drum has a direct tie to the latter. TO READ THE FULL…

Feb 23, 2017


Founded in 1984 by Finnish builder Pekka Helanen, Kumu started out making acoustic and electric guitars and basses in addition to drums. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital Monthly…

Feb 23, 2017

Ddrum - Max Series Drumset

Originally a Swedish electronics company, ddrum began offering acoustic drumsets after being purchased by Florida-based Armadillo Enterprises in 2005. Some of ddrum’s acoustic drum innovations include the first all-ash shell and the more recent all-alder shell. TO READ THE FULL…

Michael Dawson
Feb 17, 2017

Noble & Cooley - SS Classic, Horizon, and Walnut Snare Drums

Noble & Cooley’s history goes all the way back to 1854, when Silas Noble and James P. Cooley made their first marching snare drum in the kitchen of Cooley’s Massachusetts farmhouse. After moving production into a small factory, Noble &…

Michael Dawson
Feb 17, 2017