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Matthew Litt

I was fortunate enough to become the owner of a snare drum from "Thumper" Custom Drums earlier this year, & after taking some time to really play this fine instrument, I want to post a review for the drumming public. You can view my snare at www.thumpercustomdrums.com/more_snares.html 2nd column, 10th drum down. I had a very specific snare in mind when I contacted John Jones, the drummaker & owner of "Thumper". I have a preference for 13" diameter snares, as they tend to offer a slightly more "focused" sound & when combined with the appropriate shell depth, can result in a very versatile drum. I decided on a nice deep 6.5 depth. My main interest in drumming is Reggae,, although I also enjoy many other styles including Jazz, Ska, Rock & Pop. Raggae drummers tend to favor a more natural woody "organic" sound so I felt that the Maple shell was a good choice.

"...this snare is perhaps one of the most agreeable & enjoyable instruments I have ever played."-Matthew Litt

I wanted a very specific snare to meet the need of my "roots"-a crisp, exact sound that allowed standard snare strikes & rolls to just jump out of the plentiful cross-stick playing often associated with Reggae & Ska music. I have gone through a half dozen snares over my 20 years of playing & this snare is perhaps one of the most agreeable & enjoyable instruments I have ever played. "Thumper" Custom Drums & John Jones delivered exactly the sound I was looking for. The construction was flawless & John is obviously very dedicated to his craft. While there are literally thousands of drums & drummakers to choose from these days, sometimes a single individual craftsman create unique instruments that stand above the conventional drums offered by so many companies. Certain names have become synonymous with exceptionally sounding snare drums- John Craviotto & Greg Gaylord to name just a couple. I am confident to say that you can certainly add John Jones & his "Thumper" Custom Drums to that list of remarkable instrument craftsmen. I am very pleased with every aspect of my new snare drum (sound, construction, finsh & lifetime guarantee. I would recommend that those musicians who are seeking to have someone create & construct drums perfectly tailored to there individual sonic desires to contact John at "Thumper" Custom Drums. You may contact me at littmattedread@aol.com

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