Trey Gray checking out our Stainless Snares

If you haven’t figured it out already, INDe is all about thin shells and lightweight hardware, which is the key to versatile drums that don’t choke at any tuning. Trey Gray (drummer for Brooks & Dunn, Reba, Faith Hill, Jewel, and more) stopped by Independent Drum Lab HQ to pick up his new kit, and ended up snagging 2 of our Stainless Steel snares. Here is how it went down!

You can find out more about these drums here:

Tuning Video #2, Tuning Toms

This video explains how to apply the 2-key drum tuning technique on toms. This will help you tune your drums faster and more evenly than ever before!

Snare Drum Demos!

Finally put together some snare drum demos for our current lineup.  All drums are equipped with Aquarian Texture Coated batter heads, Classic Clear Snare resonant heads, 20 Strand Bronze wires, and Steel 2.3mm Triple flanged hoops.  

As always, recorded with no Studio Tricks, No EQ, no close mics.  We used a Zoom Q8, AT2020 overhead, and a D112 on the bass drum.  Just an honest representation of what they sound like.  Put on some nice headphones and enjoy!  (please forgive my playing!)

5.5x15 Maple

6.5x14 Maple 

5x14 Maple

6.5x14 Black Nickel over Brass

5x14 Black Nickel over Brass

6.5x14 Aluminum

5x14 Aluminum

I like big drums and I can not lie.

Demo of a 14x26, 9x13, 16x16, 16x18 kit with a 5.5x15 snare drum.  These things sound huge, and I am falling in love with the 15" snare.  Filmed with a Zoom Q8, and a D112 and AT2020.  

About the Suspension Brackets

In addition to making INDe drums sound great and resonate like nothing else, our Suspension Brackets are available to upgrade your drums!  With slotted mounting points, they can adjust to fit any hole spacing between 30 and 50mm (up to 2").  The patent pending design allows you to tune the mount to find the sweet spot of resonance on your drum.  

Ignore the choppy editing and check out this video to find out more: 

These will make your drum sound better!  Available here: 



Mass (not -achusetts)

There are a million different ideas and opinions circulating the internet and drummers heads about how to make drums sound good.  Honestly, you can take any reasonably well constructed drum, and with good heads and tuning, you can make it sound pretty good.  Because you are reading this, I will assume "pretty good" isn't good enough for you, and you are ready to dive head first into a bit of drum nerdery with me. 

This outlines the path of vibrational energy through the drum:   

At it's most basic, vibrational energy is created by striking a drumhead, transferred around the various parts of the drum.  Some of that energy is lost (converted to a small amount of heat), and the rest comes out as sound.  A couple of important notes:

  • More mass requires more energy to vibrate.  Less mass = greater sensitivity
  • Materials that vibrate less efficiently (wrap/rubber gaskets, etc.) increase energy losses
  • The energy transfer from head to shell and back is controlled with bearing edge design- more contact = greater energy transfer.  

This video demonstrates some of these effects: