About the owner
Addiction Drum Design was founded in 2008 buy Alan Jensen, owner, drummer, wood worker and drum builder. I started playing drums in elementary school band in 5th grade back in 1990. The time came to choose an instrument and after some deliberation over which instrument might suit me the idea of playing drums entered my mind like a bolt of lightning. I knew the second that thought entered that that was what I wanted to do. I took to it immediately and became fascinated with the instrument itself… wow, you hit this with a stick and it makes THAT sound.
Ten years later I had a background in auto mechanics but I was bored with the results at the end of my work day. I’d come home exhausted and covered in grease and oil and all I’d accomplished was making something work the same as it was before it broke, that just didn’t cut it for me. I’ve always had a passion for making functional things from scratch and one day the idea hit me… I should make drums! I built my first drum from a ply shell in 2001, it looked and sounded just fine but I knew I could do better. My somewhat (massively) obsessive personality took hold and I went so far as to ditch the career in mechanics and switched to carpentry, always with the idea that I’d someday perfect the craft of drum building to a level that I was happy with and proud enough of to show the world. I knew I had a lot to learn about woodworking before I could perfect drum shells of my own design so I built cabinets, furniture, framed walls, anything with wood to earn a living while I learned what I needed to know. By 2008 I was confident enough in my abilities to start thinking of names for the company and Addiction Drum Design was born. I couldn’t imagine a more suitable name after 18 years of being a total addict – from the minute the thought of drum building entered my mind it never left and what you see on this site is the result.
It starts with the shell
We start by hand-selecting the wood for best quality. As for wood types, anything goes–from domestic maple or birch to exotic Cocobolo or Zebrawood. Literally any wood in the world can be utilized. Each type of wood has its own visual and sonic characteristics. Why limit your choices to two or three sounds when there are thousands of options out there?
Addiction Drum Design specializes in segment shell construction
Small segments of wood are carefully mitered and glued into rings. The individual rings are flattened on top and bottom, then joined together to create the rough shell blank. The blank is turned to its round form on a lathe, inside and out, to the customer’s specification for diameter, depth, and thickness. Stave shells are also available by request.
Segment shells are more stable and rigid than any other type of solid shell. A more stable shell means less tuning; the shell stays round, and the head stays seated. Segmented shells also have much less glue content than traditional ply shells. Since ply shells are made by coating sheets of wood veneer in glue, then pressing them together in a mold, much of the drum’s resonance is deadened by layers of glue, which muffles sound. A segmented shell, unobstructed by excess glue, allows the purest tones to shine through.
We feel that the finish is just as important as the shell. Take your pick of stains or colors and then decide whether you’d like a satin oil top coat or an automotive grade high gloss sprayed, wet sanded and machine buffed to perfection.
It’s time to make some more choices. Die-cast hoops or triple flange? Cast lugs, tubes, or single point? Chrome, brass, black, or powder coated? Take your pick. It’s your drum; make it your own!
Roundover or 45-degree? The choice is yours. Our standard edge is a 45-degree inside cut, with a light cut on the outside for just the right amount of shell contact with the drum head. Snare beds are always included.
We’d love to talk with you about making YOUR drum!