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Comparison Video, Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Brass snare drums!

This video shows the difference in sound between the INDe Aluminum, Stainless Steel and Brass snare drums in the 6.5x14 size, across multiple tunings. Recorded with NO EQ for a clean and honest representation of our drums! Make sure to listen with good headphones or speakers!

INDe Snare shout-out on Modern Drummer Podcast!

If you aren’t subsribed already to the Modern Drummer podcast, you should be! Mike Dawson and Mike Johnston are a couple of great dudes, with lots of interesting discussions. They did a quick review of one of our RESoArmor snares on episode 191. You should listen to the whole episode, but if you want to listen to the Independent Drum Lab part repeatedly for the next few weeks, you can find it at the 40 minute mark.


Grotto Network Film on Trey Gray!

We are honored to know and work with our inspirational friend Trey Gray. Grotto Network was working on this documentary last fall and stopped by INDe Headquarters to pick up his new drums. It’s super cool to be a (small) part of this!

Myth busting- Ply shells vs. Stave & Steambent

INDe drums use a unique layup ply construction. We could have used stave or steambent, but we choose ply because it gives us greater control over the thickness and directional stiffness of the shell. Here is a demo that disproves the common narrative that solid is more resonant than ply!

Introducing RESoArmor, a revolutionary new drum finishing system!

RESoArmor is ultimate in drum finishing technology! More durable and beautiful than conventional wrap, and without the loss of resonance. It’s really the perfect material for gigging drummers, who value tone and resonance from their drums. Even cooler, every finish is hand applied, and one-of-a-kind. Nearly any color combination is possible- just contact us with your ideas, and we will make them a reality!

Introducing our new BR3 Suspension brackets!

The INDe BR3 allows drill-free accessory suspension mounting on nearly any drum!

The BR3 is the newest addition to the lineup of INDe BR series tom & accessory suspension mounting brackets.  This new, patent pending design replaces any lug on nearly any drum, using the existing mounting holes.  It allows drummers to mount toms, convert mounted toms to floor toms, or add accessories to any drum, without drilling additional holes.  The unique spring-steel construction helps isolate the base from the clamp, allowing accessories to resonate freely, without restricting the sound of the drum.  


  • Adjusts to fit lug hole spacings from 1-2"

  • The clamp adjusts to fit mounting 9.5, 10.5, and 12.7mm mounting posts

  • Brass tension rod receiver for smooth tuning

  • Low profile (<2" tall) and low mass (265g)

  • Includes Memory Lock

  • Patent Pending 

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: