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Old 08-28-2009, 10:18 PM
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Default Unix 'Stave' Bubinga w/ Wood Hoops

Hello fellow D.W. members...

I recently had Frank from Unix Drums built me a super sweet set of stave drums, and I figured I'd Give you a quick review and share some photos with you all.

First off, the sound of these drums is through the f**king roof. I've never really played anything that sounds even close to these before and I've played other bubinga kits, but this really is a whole different monster. It could be the the whole stave thing, or the bubinga hoops, or the bearing edges... or.... I don't know, I guess all of the above.

The first thing you'll notice when you play them is the HUGE broad attack. It's beautifully warm and woody, but still retains all the high-end slap for cut and clarity. The second thing you'll notice, is the thunderous low-end resonance. It's has the volume and characteristics of acrylic, but with the rich tonal qualities of wood. Kind of like maple gone rogue! It has that huge warm and open depth, but way more bite and wilder overtones. The subs are much deeper too, they really rumble, literally giving off the impression of thunder.

Tonally the snare sits somewhere between a nice vintage wood snare with a fibreskyn on it and a gunshot. The body is really warm, rich and textured with LOTS of overtones and sustain, which you might think is undesirable for a snare, but it's always clear and articulate and the attack is earth shattering. At first I had trouble tuning with that much ring, but it's always a very musical ring that's in tune with the drum, so once I found where I actually wanted it... I REALLY liked it.

The tuning range of these drums is one of the most impressive things about it, You can really throw just about any skin and any tension and get a pleasing sound that still sings out. I can't seem to get them to choke or bottom out at all, unlike other high end ply kits I've owned. I think the bearing edges probably have something to do with that, but it might just be inherent in stave construction.

Anyways, here are the specs:

Shell Material
- Bubinga

Colour
- Low Lustre Satin Walnut Fade

Hoops
- Segmented Bubinga

Bearing Edges
- Single 45° (snare)
- Single 45° w/ round over (toms, kick)

Lugs
- Black Nickel Chrome over Brass (single post)

Shell Measurments (Width x Depth x Thickness)

14 x 8 x 1 (Snare)
15 x 10 x 7/16 (Rack)
18 x 15 x 7/16 (Floor)
24 x 17.5 x 7/16 (Kick)











*The last picture here is of the vertical grain bearing edge*

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Old 08-28-2009, 11:26 PM
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Beauty Jon! I love my Unix bubinga snare and will never part with it. You like the big boy drum sizes, don't ya! I bet they sound great, I'm glad you like 'em.

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Old 08-28-2009, 11:37 PM
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Those drums are absolutely mind blowing. The color, the hoops, and I'll take your word on the sound. But I don't think I have seen Bubinga before with the pitted appearance. Is that normal??
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:41 PM
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Those drums are absolutely mind blowing. The color, the hoops, and I'll take your word on the sound. But I don't think I have seen Bubinga before with the pitted appearance. Is that normal??
Yeah...mine had that all over. The satin finish doesn't go on thick enough to fill some of the wood grain to level it out, like a lacquer would.

That's my understanding anyhow, maybe Frank can clarify.
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:47 PM
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It has a rustic look. Looks OK with that color, natural, I don't know that I would want them filled. I just haven't seen it before.
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Old 08-29-2009, 01:20 AM
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Wow, that's an amazing looking kit! I would love to take something like that for a spin, but last time I was at GC, they didn't have one :-\

And I'm pretty sure that's the thickest snare drum I've ever seen. Looks like it could take someone's head off!
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Old 08-29-2009, 01:30 AM
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You chose wisely...
Sound clip to follow?
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Old 08-29-2009, 01:38 AM
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Oh my god! That's some freaking sizes of stave! :o
It looks wonderful. I'm so impatient to receive my Mahogany snare from François.
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Old 08-29-2009, 01:40 AM
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i bet that floor tom is slowly shaking your house apart... jesus that sounds awesome i bet. and wow great kit im very jealous
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:54 AM
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Thanks for all the kind words guys. Frank really out did himself, I can't believe how much time he spent with me nit-picking about all the specs and what not. He was so patient with my endless questions and concerns. The customer service is absoutely first class!!!

Gruntersdad
-Zampizzi was correct... if you don't apply to much polyurethane to the finish, you don't close the grain of the wood. Frank was the one who had suggested not closing the grain when I told him I want the drums to look rustic and intimidating. He really nailed the finish, I couldn't be happier!

Tracer
-Yeah... I'm going to be taking it into the studio in a month or two, I'll throw some clips up as soon as I can. Or, if possible I'll try to make a quick video and throw it on Youtube or something.

Max77
- You really won't be sorry, all of my others snares have practically become obsolete.

Khaine88
- Like you wouldn't believe!. When Frank and I finished assembling the first drum (the 15x10 rack) I just sat there with one stick hitting it over and over "DOOOoooommm...... DOOoooommm" for at least 20 minutes. One month later and I still just sit in my drum room not even playing them, just hitting the toms and laughing. My neighbours are gonna HATE ME!!!! Plus, Frank has one last plank of the bubinga left that he used for my kit, so I'm having him build me a 20x15 floor tom to go with the it! that'll be fun!
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Thats one of the nicest kits ive seen on drummerworld, congrats and enjoy which wont be hard.
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Old 08-29-2009, 06:13 PM
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jesus a 20" floor tom will be the end of your house and your neighbourhood
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:O :O :O amazing kit!!!

sex in pure stave form!

they're huge sizes!!! 15" rack tom?! 20" floor tom?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!!!!!?

You're one crazy mother! well done!
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:03 PM
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jesus a 20" floor tom will be the end of your house and your neighbourhood
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.... That's what I'm hoping!
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:51 PM
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Damn ! It's a really nice kit. I'd say above all it's unique.

Congrats to the new owner & two times bravo to the builder.
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Old 09-02-2009, 08:09 PM
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I'll give ya $75 for em - alright twist my arm $80
I'll even throw in a Wuhan china cymbal b/c I'm such a nice guy

"Maple gone rogue" - that made me grin
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I'll give ya $75 for em - alright twist my arm $80
I'll even throw in a Wuhan china cymbal b/c I'm such a nice guy
$110... but that's as low as I'll go
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Old 09-18-2009, 02:31 PM
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Whoa! How did I miss this baby? This kit looks absolutely stunning!
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Amazing kit. Must sound fiercely primal in those huge sizes.

Is the snare drum fade in a different direction as an aesthetic choice?
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Old 09-21-2009, 06:07 PM
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Yeah Hateplow... they most certainly do!!! They have a monstrously loud and woody slap, with booming lows that just shake everything in my house.

As for the fade, yeah, it was just a cosmectic decision. Both Frank and myself agreed that we like when our snares stand out a little bit from the rest of kit and that would be a neat way to do it. The pictures kind of minimize the colour contrast as the snare is quite a bit darker than the rest of the kit in person, with the fade covering about 75% of the drum making it look a little meaner than the other drums, whereas the kick and toms are about 35% covered so as to see more of the wood grain.
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Those are some big pads man! wow, hope you're enjoying them.

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Wow, beautiful kit. Your rack tom is bigger than my floor tom! This is like BBW drum porn.

I can only imagine the cornfield-leveling thunder of these drums. I want to hear some sound clips.
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Old 09-23-2009, 05:28 PM
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hahahha BBW Drum Porn... that was good

Hopefully I'll have the sound clips soon. I'm really stoked to hear what they sound like mic'd up too.
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