Chicago Drum Show: Ancient Tree Drum Company

Anyone who remembers the feeding frenzy that accompanied the release of Craviotto’s Lake Superior snare drums will be interested to learn about what was brewing over at Ancient Tree Drum Company’s booth at the 2011 Chicago Drum Show. Like Craviotto’s infamous limited-edition snares, Ancient Tree introduced a series of stave-shell snare drums made from salvaged hard pine and hard cypress that had been recovered from a riverbed, where it had lain for between 100—150 years. You really have to see this the tight growth pattern on these gorgeous shells, which sound crisp from edge to center.