Add a Frame Drum Accessories Package
We offer a "Drone" friction mallet" paired with frame drum "Roll-stop,” packaged together in a handy pouch.
1 drone + 1 roll-stop + pouch = $26.50
colors of the drones and the cording color of the roll-stop may vary.
SPECIAL PRICE = $20.00 plus shipping
1) Frame Drum Roll-Stop
These simple devices address the problem drummers face when placing their drum down on a stage/floor. Two hardwood blocks attached through an adjustable lanyard provide a stable base frame for placing the drum into, and stops the drum from rolling away or falling over.
The small device is adjustable for any diameter drum, and rolls up neatly for easy storage in your gig bag.
These roll-stop devices are made of heavy pre-CITES Rosewood which makes them both beautiful and stable.
We use a variety of different colors for the cording.
2) Drone Friction Mallet
Cooperman "Drones" - our take on a friction mallet - facilitate players in a creating a haunting, droning, accent sound. The effect can be controlled by allowing the ball-end to drag loosely across the surface of the drum head, or by adding pressure along the length of the linkage - in this case a length of instrument grade snare "gut" - to create a higher pitch "drone."
- approximately 6" long.
- a colorful variety (let us choose) of synthetic polymer balls.
- natural, snare "gut".
3) Handy storage bag
Cooperman Hand Drums start in the Vermont woods where we select native hardwood trees to mill, using methods passed down through generations of sawyers and drum builders to create our single-ply steam-bent wood shells. We mill a variety of wood species - primarily cherry, ash, and maple. We specify the wood for each model drum based on a variety of considerations, including sound characteristics of the shell, weight, and appearance.
Similarly, Cooperman offers drums with a variety of drumhead materials. We recommend synthetic heads - natural skin drumheads have a traditional and unique sound, but they are a great vexation to drummers since swings in temperature and humidity greatly effect tuning and playability. In many cases (as with the AIS series) we specify a particular drumhead (ie. REMO Renaissance or REMO Weatherking Clear). We use, exclusively, REMO synthetic products, choosing from their extensive catalog of options to suit the sound characteristics of the various drum models. We can mount a skin head at your request.
The drumhead is secured into an exterior groove, which is then covered with a colored cord. The default color is black, though in some cases we coordinate the color with other design features or decorative inlays.
All Cooperman drums are tunable. The tuning mechanism (US PATENT # 5,517,890) was developed and patented to address the evolving requirements of frame drummers. We believe it is the best system possible for keeping the drum in a desirable range while retaining the sound and visual aesthetic of a traditional frame drum. All drums are sold with a tuning wrench included.
Our standard finish is a clear, musical instrument grade lacquer. This finish protects and brings out the extraordinary grain of our native Vermont hardwoods. For some models, our drums are specified with decorative and colorful stains, inlays, or overlays. In most cases, you may choose to personalize your drum with a custom finish.
Many of the design specifications can be customized - wood choice. head material, diameter, depth, etc.. Contact us by email or phone to discuss your ideas.
We hope you will have a lifetime of satisfaction with your drum and spread the word about the instruments we make.