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Artisan “Resonator” snare drums

2007 brought about a very busy year at the Artisan Drumworks workshop! One of the exciting achievements for the year included our “free-floating” concept that features a handcrafted wooden chassis, stave shell, and in-house machined brass hex lugs that can be raw, or plated in several choices.


One of our favorite contemporary style, and one of the most important session drummers of all time is the late Jeff Porcaro (Toto, Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs, and countless others). Among the many snare drums he used, a very noteable one was a Pearl “freefloating” snare. This drum produced a very nice pop and crisp tonal quality.

We have taken the “floating” concept to a new level. We introduce the “Resonator” snare drum series.

The chassis of this floating shell drum is handcrafted from hardwood utilizing the same tried and true methods we employ when making our custom wood hoops. All of the lugs and the snare strainer sytem are mounted to the chassis enabling the drum shell to resonate freely. This also allows for a quick change of the drum shell for different sound possibilities. Chassis’s may either be of the same material as the shell, or a contrasting species of wood per your choice. Wooden chassis’s offer another level of resonance and contribute a higher degree of tone to this type of set up. Additionally, they add aesthetic appeal. Mated with one of our handcrafted stave shells, these drums are very sensitive and speak instantly due to the design characteristics.

The lugs used on the Resonator are machined in house out of solid brass and are available in polished and lacquered brass, nickel plated, black chrome, or shiny chrome finishes. The snare strainer is a double strainer type with tension controls on both sides accompanied by Puresound snare wires. Drum shells and chassis’s can be finished according to your preference in either Oil/Wax, Hand -Rubbed Satin, or High Gloss Lacquer. Triple Flange hoops come standard. Die-Cast, Vintage Single Flange, or Artisan custom wood hoops available. Patent Pending.

4.5″x14″African Mahogany in Vintage Brass, Hand-Rubbed Satin Finish shown above. Custom sizes available.


13″ & 14″ drums; shell depths 2″-6″. (custom shell depths crafted per request)

Oil/Wax $975.00

Hand-Rubbed Satin $1040.00

High Gloss Lacquer $1100.00

Chassis Lugs: (extra sets as needed for different shell sizes)

Solid Brass Lugs: $75.00 (8 lugs)

Solid Brass Lugs: $85.00 (10 lugs)

Plated Lugs (chrome, nickel, satin nickel, black chrome): $125.00 per set