I asked Jason about creating a drum that matched the look of my kit, and provides a deep, resonant boom that could approximate an Odaiko/Taiko drum sound in my acoustic kit, without the weight, space and expense of the real thing. We discussed shell diameter, thickness and depth, kit placement, and heads selection to arrive at the design that made most sense.
"TreeHouse Drums made my dream kit a reality!"
"The design/build experience:
In late 2019, after years of playing an assortment of digital kits, I started looking for a company that could build what I wanted in a dream acoustic kit, without breaking my budget. In March 2020, my research into drum makers finished, I reached out to my top few picks to discuss what I thought I wanted. In the process of talking with each, I found that Jason at TreeHouse Drums responded with enthusiasm about the project and offered a number of suggestions on how best to proceed. Every step of the way, Jason and the TreeHouse team kept an eye on every detail, offering suggestions where I was uncertain and consistently following up to ensure the best possible outcome. The result was a design that not only met my budget but also exceeded what I had been dreaming for years about creating. I have to add that all of this was going on as the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic was ramping up, with some suppliers shutting down or reducing output (drum head makers, especially). Nevertheless, at each step, Jason and the TreeHouse team set expectations and offered options to meet my needs and stayed in contact on their progress. My place in the build queue secured, and the team keeping me updated on progress, I eagerly anticipated the day my dream kit would arrive.
The visual experience:
At last, the delivery day arrived: 9 very large boxes packed full of drums and hardware! Each drum is a work of beautiful form and function - stunning craftsmanship! I adore the simple beauty of natural maple and the Hardmatte finish further enhances the beauty, I feel. The set of tube toms look like they were carved out of solid trees - gorgeous! They are matched in beauty by the set of concert toms, the pair of concert bass toms, the 2 snare drums, and the awesome kick drum. I’ve spent a few weeks playing with several configurations - settling on what works best for me: a hybrid of the traditional and symmetrical layout. I will likely continue optimizing the layout by switching to a rack system in a few months - for now the stands work fine.
Most importantly: the sonic experience!
With 21 drums in this kit, it takes a bit of time to tune the drums, but oh boy!, they reward you for the effort !!! The 24” kick drum has a boom you feel in your chest. The concert bass toms at 18” and 20” provide an impressive compliment to the low end. The set of concert toms have the sharp attack I remember fondly from Kiss in the 70’s and Phil Collins in the 80’s. The set of 8” tube toms provide that unique crack in the attack accompanied by a lovely, warm tone behind it. And those snare drums!!! at 14 and a 12 inches respectively - with snares off they sound like the best timbales I’ve ever owned and with snares on they have a crisp response, clean articulation for jazz, and a mean punch when you lay into them for rock/metal. Using a hybrid symmetrical layout, I have high, mid and low tonal palettes on both right and left sides - opening up new options in rhythmic expression.
I am delighted! This was worth every penny, and well worth the effort. The TreeHouse team are awesome at their craft and are so easy to work with. I have some ideas for a few more things I’d like to add to this dream kit in the coming year and I will definitely be working with the TreeHouse team to make it happen.
I’ve included 2 pics of the kit in my home studio, all in a big circle with my current digital kit, keyboard, malletKat and effects rack.
I love it!"
San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA
We're honored to be a consistent part of your world, Ryan. Thank you.
"The drum just arrived and it's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen, well, next to my amazing wife, naturally. The finish and the logo are inspiring. As I was opening the box, my thought was, this is TreeHouse #1 as more will surely follow. Then I saw the package saying, "Welcome to the family." Indeed.
I have a problem: I want one snare drum to do it all at one tuning. That's a tall and unreasonable order and completely unfair to the instrument. But after several decades of playing and searching, I've found it. My new solid shell TreeHouse snare. It has presence, sensitivity, clarity, the rim shots are robust and musical, the cross-stick is clear and bright. Tuning to maximize these qualities does not reduce its centered, focused tonality and punch. Indeed, tuning for sensitivity and grace notes accentuates this power pocket ability; an outcome not found in other instruments, in my experience. The drum feels so great to play, as it provides confidence that from a whisper to a thunderclap strike that the drum can perform everything with ease with still room to breathe. It fails to choke at any dynamic level. This drum is changing the way the entire kit sounds. This reality conjures so many intriguing possibilities: What would a TreeHouse solid shell tom sound like, and, oh my, a bass drum? These are questions that I intend to answer with the help of the artisan builders of quality musical instruments at TreeHouse Drums."
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Thanks for the kind words, Mario!
It’s fantastic to hear that the Compact Nesting Kit is making your life easier!
Sometimes you receive beautifully kind emails like this:
“It’s been a while since we’ve talked. I played a gig last night with my TreeHouse [Compact Nesting] Drums and couldn’t have been more pleased with the sound and setup/teardown of the kit. During the gig I just kept thinking how much I appreciated your instruments as well as your generosity. Thanks a million. I don’t think I’ll ever be your most famous drummer, but I’m definitely one of your happiest.”
Thanks, Ezra! Here’s to many more years of making music!