Noble & Cooley is a custom drum shop. We make our CD (Custom Design) Maple drums to your order, not to fulfill any particular marketing niche or price point. These are pro-level drums and so we use nothing but the finest in materials and workmanship. We are a research driven company. What that means is that each drum we make has been painstakingly designed to provide the best sound possible. Any drum, regardless of manufacturer, has its own particular tonal characteristics, and there are certainly many fine drums on the market. Few however, have been so carefully engineered as Noble & Cooley.
Here then is an overview of some of these features and their effect on drum tonality.
PATENTED SUSPENSION SYSTEM: The unique under lug suspension system we offer has a significant impact on the overall sound of our drums. The system creates a "virtual axle" between the two outside mounting lugs. All contact between the mounting hardware and any resonant component of the drum shell or rim is eliminated. This increases both sustain and decay of the drum. The weight of the drum is completely isolated from the tuning rim and head. In addition to the sonic advantages of our suspension method, head changing is greatly simplified and actually convenient. Because the mounting rim is attached to the underside of the lug rather than the tension rod side, drum heads can be changed without complete disassembly of the entire system (very useful if a head needs to be changed on stage or in the studio.)
PLY CONFIGURATION: Unlike most ply shell constructed drums, Noble & Cooley uses different ply configurations for different diameter shells. The vibrational tendencies of a 16" shell are certainly different than those of an 8" shell. In order to maintain a consistent contour of tonal characteristics throughout the wide range of shell diameters we offer, it became obvious that one single ply configuration was not adequate. Extensive research and much trial and error proved the following ply combination to best create the sound we were looking for:
8" - 13" Toms are 5 mm thick
14" - 18" Toms are 6 mm thick
All Bass Drums are 7 mm thick
SYMMETRICAL VENTING: When a drum is hit, the air inside that drum must be able to escape in order to allow the head to resonate. Most drums have a single vent hole placed somewhere on the shell. More often than not, the placement of that hole has more to do with manufacturing convenience than with any tonal considerations. Not so with Noble & Cooley. We researched the impact of venting. We found that multiple venting holes, placed correctly, made a difference not only in the sound of the drum, but also in the feel. Symmetrical venting lends the drum a more consistent rebound at various locations on the head. We also place the vent holes in line with any other holes that need to be drilled in the shell (lug mounting, e.g.). This reduces the inhibiting effect that drilling has on shell vibration. In a nod to aesthetics (and looking good always counts!), we designed our lugs in such a way that allows the vent holes to be completely out of sight.
LUG LOCKING: Noble & Cooley has found a simple, transparent solution to the common and bothersome problem of drum detuning. The lugs are fitted with delrin inserts that create a cold form around the inherent thread imperfections of any given tension rod. This effectively locks the tension rod in place virtually eliminating the usual drum detuning that stick impact creates.
These are a few of the design features of the CD Maples. Of equal significance is the custom nature of the kits themselves. As an artist, you can realize your own voice by specifying the particular drum sizes you want, by choosing our die cast hoops on some drums, flanged on others. It is completely up to you, the player. Your drum kit will ultimately be as unique as your playing style. And that is the point, after all else is said and done!
|UPC||Does not apply|
|Brand||Noble and Cooley|
|Drum Set Format||Shell Pack|
|Bass Drum Size||22x16|
|Tom Size(s)||10x8 12x9 16x16|
|Mounting Hardware||Mounting Hardware Sold Separately|
Talk with a specialist! We live, breathe, and love DRUMS ONLY. We are all a staff of drummers that can help you make the right choice. We have over 200 years combined experience between us, so you can buy with confidence at Drum Center of Portsmouth.
We will never give you the hard sell. Our mission is to help you find your sound and create mutually beneficial relationships that allow us to aid you in your musical journey. If you need help, give us a call!