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De Broize Custom Drums proudly build heirloom quality heritage instruments.

 

With a focus on creating hand crafted stave drums from reclaimed and recycled materials.

Each drum has a unique history, true identity and rare character.

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“The snares are great and straight to the point with loads of tone.”

 

MATTY BROWN

Stormzy 

“I thought they were great. A good reliable sound and great craftsmanship.”

 

DEXTER HERCULES

The Voice 

“Unbelievable sounding snares, quick attack with the best soulful sound.”

 

JERMAINE WHYTE

Emeli Sande 

 

At De Broize Custom Drums, we take pride in building one of a kind drums from the most interesting sources. The snare drum is the most expressive part of the kit, you can convey many different feelings and emotions; it is how drummers can share their unique sound. It is only fair that the drums are as unique as the drummer using them.

 

Stave drums are considered one of the holy grail of snare drums. They are built up of solid segments instead of thin layers of ply's & glue. The vertical grain structure and increased mass provides more sustain and body to the overall sound. It results in more sensitivity, volume and tone.

We build drums from reclaimed and recycled materials. This often means that there is only a limited amount of useable material to work with. It results in more often than not, limited runs of drums from each source. Although, every drum will be a completely different dimension, further ensuring that each drum is unique. The perks of using recycled material has some benefits. On top of its potential sentimental value, it supports a green initiative: making the most of reusable material and reducing waste and decreasing a carbon footprint. The wood is already stabilised, after spending years as furniture or building material for example, the wood is already dry and structurally sound. There are the added character features of nail & screw holes, bleaching from metals and other signs of its previous life.

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Samuel de Broize-Ward founded the company in early 2016 following the passing of his late grandfather, Ken de Broize (1936-2016): an inspiring character and wood working enthusiast. In memory of his passing, Samuel decided to build his first truly custom stave snare drum; using his grandfathers tools and parts from his family home.​

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This only resulted in a new addiction and drive to hone a new craft, further taking floorboards and old beams of wood, new construction methods and skills were developed. This sparked the reclamation of many items to build out of: from 60's Mahogany school tables, 70's Beech cabinets, early 1900's Oak furniture and  Sapele bar tops. Saving items from being scrapped and given them a new lease of life ultimately resulting in a truly unique instrument.

The UK produces around 4 million tonnes of timber waste a year, with roughly half of this being recycled. With a focus on sustainability and recycling, this project is a green initiative by using and making the most out of reclaimed and repurposed materials.

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"Playing drums is all I’ve ever wanted to do," says Samuel de Broize. "But I never thought I’d be a drum builder." He also never thought he’d be chosen as the winner of our Flying Start competition for Starling business customers. "That was the biggest shock."

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BUILD PROCESS

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ABOVE: Our 1920's Vintage Oak collection, after glue up and before carving. A batch of 10 unique snare drums from a century old cabinet. "I could really hear how consistent it was tonally." Fred Myers of London band RED METHOD commenting on the 14"x6" Oak snare.

Every build is a new challenge dependant upon its origin. The first phase consists of identifying what material is stable & sound. Once items are dismantled, laid out and assessed, prep work can begin. At this point you move on to making sure all material is level & square, prepping the stock this way ensures accuracy, resulting in a stronger end product.

After initial machining, the staves can be formed. This second phase consists of cutting the material to rough width, then the correct angles and finally cutting them to roughly the desired height. Once a dry test fit is done, the drum shell can then be glued up.

Phase three takes each shell from the barrel like figures you see left; to something that you'd expect for a drum, a cylinder. In this carving process, all drums at De Broize Custom Drums are turned by hand. Using custom made jigs, these shells are carved to a specific outer dimension and then carved to a relative thickness.

The next step involves forming the shell to its final height with the cutting of the bearing edges and cutting the snare beds by hand. The machine & hand sanding process then happens before the final finishing process. This varies from top oils, waxes & lacquers depending on the drum.

The final phase is the accurate layout, marking and drilling of the drum shell to then attach all the hardware, drumheads and any additional accessories. Once the drum has been dressed, the drum heads are seated, stretched and tuned, the drum is complete.

 
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"The polished, weathered look of reclaimed wood is immediately striking, and as a custom shop, De Broize works with drummers to make drums out of wood that has as much sentimental value as it does sonic value."

Nick Grizzle / Issue 267 - Meet Your Maker Interview (Find the full article here)

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ARTIST FEATURE

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Lockdown has been a tricky one for most musicians but Pete won't let it slow him down. His recent collaborations with Se Electronics at Orange Tree Studio is evidence of this. Read the full interview where you can find him talking about his history, the importance of developing strong brand relationships and his current projects.

MERCHANDISE

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TSHIRT BUNDLE DEAL - FREE SHIPPING

Our original classic Diamond Logo, cotton, chest print t-shirt.

Each order comes with an issue of our limited edition Zine, previously funded via Kickstarter.

De Broize Drums Artist: Triston Dubison / Balimaya Project

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"A brand new company with a whole lot of history - from unwanted furniture to top-notch instruments. For such a young company, the overall quality of the De Broize product is of an exceptionally high standard."

 

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ISSUE 284 

 
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DRUMMERS REVIEW

Adam ' Nolly' Getgood

"Articulation is also second to none with these drums, they feel and sound great at all dynamic levels. Everything from the softest ghost notes, to full on rimshots felt very easy and responsive."

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"The Great British Entrepreneur Awards (GBEA) selected Sam as the winner based on his passion, vision and eagerness to grow his business. 'He’s a highly motivated entrepreneur, whose entrepreneurial spirit shines through.'"

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Geoff Nicholls #295

"All three drums are dynamically sensitive. Each has a wide tuning space, so all three drums will cope with a diverse range of musical style."

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Nick Grizzle #267

"The polished, weathered look of reclaimed wood is immediately striking, and as a custom shop, De Broize works with drummers to make drums out of wood that has as much sentimental value as it does sonic value."

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Tom Bradley #284

"The shell is rock solid and feels like it will stand the test of time as much as a snare drum as it did a cabinet."

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CUSTOM DRUMS

We are here to help you build the drum of your dreams!

Having you along every step of the way is part of the collaborative effort to create your own signature snare drum.

We will talk about your ideas for dimensions, type of woods, bearing edges, hardware & accessories.

We will discuss the origins and source material of your snare drum. This can be something sourced by us or by you.

We will document every process and keep you updated on every aspect of the build.

You will become a part of our family and our journey.

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"If you're in the market for a quality stave snare, Samuel de Broize-Ward's De Broize Custom Drums is a great new UK brand to consider.. De Broize is a proudly 

environmentally-friendly operation, creating beautiful instruments using reclaimed materials..."

Geoff Nicholls / Issue 295 - Rhythm Magazine (Online here)