The Wisdom Drum Company sources all of our wood with ultimate tone and beauty in mind. We use Rock Maple, Tiger Maple, Quilted Maple, Spalted Maple, Mahogany, Birch, Birch Burl, Wenge, Ebony, Rosewood, American Walnut, Black Walnut, Figured Walnut, Cedar and many other hard and tone woods to achieve the specific tone and resonance we desire.
We started our builds sourcing manufactured shell cores and laminating our selected tone woods inside and out, to improve their performance and beauty. We have since built jigs and fixtures to bend our own drum shell cores and this has given us an additional improvement in our process and product.
Our bearing edges have always been meticulously refined, never stained or finished and this produces the ultimate couple between the drum shell and head. Our shells undergo hand sanding and custom finishing using finishes that improve resonance as opposed to some manufacturers finishing process that actually dampen the tone produced. We do what needs to be done, the right way.
Care and Feeding
Shiny is good. A good auto detail spray cleaner wax works very well. We recommend Turtle wax & dry, or Mothers spray wax or detailer.
Your bearing edges should never be stained or lacquered. A thin coat of (Minwax wood wax) once a year will keep them smooth.
We do not use POLY plastic finishes on our drums. We use real Lacquer. Do not use water - only wax.
Sudden temperature changes (ie. from hot to cold, or cold to hot) , may crack the lacquer finish. Please allow the drum to acclimate slowly to the new temperature before removing from bags or cases.
We suggest a microfiber glove. A quick wipe every once in a while will keep your Wisdom Drum looking good!
Replacing heads and tuning to keep your drum at it’s best.
Hand tighten all lugs after changing heads, then start at #1 lug and just snug with your key. Do the same for the opposing lug (#2), then across to #3, then #4 and repeat crossing to the remaining lugs (#5 through 10).
Return to #1, then tighten all opposing lugs in the same sequence.
You need to make sure the head seats properly onto the bearing edge of the drum. Tap with your finger around the drum, about an inch inside the bearing edge, to make sure you have the same pitch, or adjust as necessary. The pitch will be high and tight sounding. Please note: The bottom head should be slightly higher tuned and tighter than the top head.