We love wood.
The Wisdom Custom Drum Company was formed by Rick DiLullo and John J. Slog, a drummer and a bass player.
Our drum construction specialist, Rick, is also an experienced master carpenter and woodworker and our bass construction specialist, John, has many years of experience designing and building classically motivated and master grade custom high resonance exotic tone wood basses.
We brought the guitar and bass resonant tone wood combinations and plys together in these drums, with the addition of inner tone hoops, to achieve what many believe are the ultimate drum builds.
The design and execution of every hand built custom drum build revolves around tone, resonance, sensitivity and playability. The tone woods used are selected and paired together in much the same way they are in custom instrument design.
We believe in wood and every species selected has it’s particular contribution to the resulting tone and resonance of the finished drum. All come together to make your ownership and playing experience unique.
Some of the tone woods are native to Pennsylvania in origin and others need to be sourced from world timber supplies, to couple in harmony to achieve a natural beautiful resonance, with the proper voice.
Many of our drums employ tone wood internal custom bent reinforcement hoops that share the bearing edge with the drum core and create a natural and focused tone previously not achieved in the industry.
In addition to the best quality tone and exotic woods used, we also source the absolute best quality hardware and fasteners to ensure that your prized Wisdom Drums will sound and perform flawlessly whether in the studio or on a world tour concert stage, for many, many years.
When working with a player to create their perfect drum, it is important that we understand the tone and timber you would like, without reference to what you may have tested or owned from the mass produced drum industry in the past. We are different than the other companies and our products speak for themselves, uniquely.
If you communicate your tonal needs, we can recommend the proper combination of custom wood plies to make your drum beautiful, resonant and durable for many years to come.
We know how to make your custom built drums speak.
Why Handmade in USA
What we Believe
The Wisdom Drum brothers share a love for music, performing and a desire for a time gone by many years ago in the United States of America, when quality was the most important feature and was never compromised to save a penny or a dollar for a corporation.
Like the Native American Indians, we also share a deep respect for the earth and all it’s natural bounties. We love that certain species of Maple, Walnut, Birch and other tone woods, when cut and massaged to exacting specifications, gives up a beautiful tone and resonance that acrylic or inferior cheap woods can not.
Wisdom Drums are hand made in Pennsylvania, USA to exacting specifications and with the finest materials available.
Just like purchasing a car in the 1960’s, we complete a build sheet for every custom drum order. This displays all the options available and their corresponding charges.
Aside from choosing the species of wood and size of each drum, we offer many options that include alternate plies for our shells and internal tone wood reinforcement hoops, die cast or stamped hoops in different finishes, multiple strainer packs, throw-offs and tension rod sets.
You deserve the best and we will make it happen!
There are many cheap drums on the market, imported (or EXPORT branded) from China, Indonesia, Vietnam and other countries with very cheap labor costs and poor quality wood and materials, that work pretty good and perform the task of making a crack and sound when hit.
That, to us is not the ultimate inspiration for your personal touch. The importance of musical dynamics on stage and in the studio is why we decided to make a difference in the world of drums. Our company mantra and focus revolves around our effort to DO IT RIGHT.
We have seen many talented players do amazing beats with 5 gallon plastic buckets on YouTube, and applaud them. However, that's not why we are here. It's not easy to make a custom drum, but it is a labor of love.
Our drums are built in Pennsylvania by us (citizens of the United States) and we are proud to put the Made in USA moniker on every drum we build. We take pride in our work and it shows in our product.
We use the highest quality wood for our shells and inner tone hoops to give an actual resonant tone when assembled and tuned properly.
The bearing edges, number of plys, species and combinations of wood we use in every build is selected and sourced based on our collection of notes from past builds and the tone we have achieved with them.
We sit down with our loyal customers and ask them what they want in a particular snare or kit, and then recommend what we think will more than achieve that goal. In addition to tremendous tone, some of these exotic woods look amazing too.
Even though our drummers are usually in the back of the stage sitting down, they no longer fade into the backdrop. The snap and tone of their custom Wisdom Drums cuts through and the exotic wood look will compliment ANY guitar or bass they share the stage with!
This is the true meaning of a custom "handmade in USA" product.
You deserve a drum that performs with you.