Based in Japan, Canopus Drums is one of the world’s leading custom drum builders. Founded in 1977 by Shinichi Usuda, Canopus has risen to fame on the back of several innovations, most notably, the Zelkova solid shell snare drum (see video below) which is made from a hollowed-out tree trunk. In addition to seamless soild-shell shells like the Zelkova model, Canopus offers ply shells from mahogany, birch, and maple, as well as acrylic and, carbon fiber. In a 2009 interview with DRUM! magazine, Usuda noted that in building Canopus Drums, “Our first purpose is to make the very best sound.”
Here at the Drum Center of Portsmouth, we are proud to not only stock a variety of Canopus Drum products, including Zelkova snares, the new Japanese Sword Model drum sets, as well as their phenomenal lightweight cymbal and snare drum stands, we have also been instrumental in helping design several models with them, like now legendary 8x14 Zelkova and the deeper solid snares. We are incredibly enthusiastic about Canopus products, so much so that if you have ever talked with Shane about snare drums for more than five minutes is sure to hear the word “Zelkova” mentioned more than once.
In July 2010, Mr. Usuda paid a visit to DCP to thank us for our support.