August 17, 2017

Limited and Single Editions

LIMITED EDITIONS

The timber used in the manufacture of the drums in the Limited and Single Series ranges is by nature of limited supply.

Here you will find rare or exceptionally high grades of Blackwood as well as drums made using other outstanding Australian tonal timbers.

Serial codes in the inside shell indicate the date of manufacture and the number of drums made from a particular timber.

Heartbreaker Series (NEW)

Heartbreaker snareWith the Heartbreaker series, Fidock drums have applied years of experience and innovation to creating a limited edition of snares second to none. The Heartbreaker series focuses on 2 snare drums: both highly versatile and unique of character: the highly sought after 14×6.5” & the legendary Fatboy (13×9”). Premium grade, air dried, figured Blackwood timber hand selected at source in Tasmanian and the Otway ranges (temperate rainforest Victoria, Australia) was carefully selected and cured in-house over a period of 5 years. Both snare drums represent a stubborn and patient dedication to perfection and excellence in solid timber handmade drums. The snares feature standard Fidock specifications: slightly rounded 45 degree bearing edges, sculpted re-enforcement rings, thin shell walls (6mm), 8 lugs, Fidock/Trick multi-step throw-off and in-house classic hand applied french polish finish (orange flake shellac). Both snares come with the improved, no-slot (vertical movement) solid timber steambent hoops. The hoops are matched by using the one length of premium grade air dried figured Blackwood.

14” x 6.5” Heartbreaker Series Snare

8 lugs, 6-7mm shell wall with sculpted reinforcement rings.

How does this shell differ from the standard range snare drum? Standard range shells are made from tone wood (back-cut timber) which results in a very open and slightly ‘wooly’ sound, often referred to as ‘vintage’.

The grain here, whilst still of varied density, is much tighter. This results in a more focused, deeper and richer note with little overtone. Overall, the quality of tone whilst still warm and highly expressive is also more sophisticated and controlled.

A superior recording instrument suited to all genres requiring the tone and warmth of a premium grade solid timber snare drum.

As with all Fidock shells the finish is a traditional french polish.

PARTS: generic tube lugs, Fidock/Trick multi-step throwoff and Remo Heads (animal skin drum heads such as calf, kangaroo, etc, are also available by request)

TIMBER: QUARTER SAWN FIGURED BLACKWOOD FELLED FOR FIDOCK DRUMS AND CUT FROM THE FIRST 1.6m OF THE TREE. AIR DRIED AND SEASONED IN-HOUSE.

SOURCE: OTWAY RANGES (VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA).

13″ x 9″ ‘Fatboy’

8 lugs, 6-7mm shell wall with sculpted reinforcement rings.

Fatboy is our most requested snare drum and little wonder. A stunning development in snare drums this snare drum offers a very fast and crisp snare response and an endless variety of tuning possibilities.

Again, as with the 14×6.5” snare drum, the use of quarter sawn, air dried ‘compression timber’ results in a more focused central note with few overtones. Not as loud as a standard range Fatboy, the emphasis here is on a richer, deeper tone with a very direct and defined impact.

PARTS: generic tube lugs, Fidock/Trick multi-step throwoff and Remo Heads (animal skin drum heads such as calf, kangaroo, etc, are also available by request)

TIMBER: QUARTER SAWN FIGURED BLACKWOOD FELLED FOR FIDOCK DRUMS AND CUT FROM THE FIRST 1.6m OF THE TREE. AIR DRIED AND SEASONED IN-HOUSE.

SOURCE: OTWAY RANGES (VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA).

 

Blackwood Snare Drums

15″ x 4.5″ Snare with steel hoops

8 lugs, 6-7mm shell wall with sculpted reinforcement rings.

A wider diameter snare to access even lower notes whilst maintaining capacity for a taut and broad tuning range.

The short depth shell delivers a super fast response off the snare side head for highly articulate playing. This is a very FAT snare drum with enormous presence. Suitable for all styles of music and outstanding with brushes.

This snare is available with steel hoops only.

Available on demand. Enquire here

14″ x 5.5″ Snare with wooden hoops

This snare has a single 45 degree bearing edge. The bearing edge variation delivers a more compressed snare drum sound, less overtone and a more closed voice. Still FAT and warm, this is a snare for drummers who don’t need all the dynamic range of a double bearing edge snare drum. Ideal for close miking and audio enhancements (stage and studio).

14″ x 6″

8 lugs, 6-7mm shell wall with sculpted reinforcement rings. This snare differs from standard Fidock snares in that the bearing edge is a Gretsch inspired single 30° rounded edge.  The timber is premium grade air dried Blackwood cut thin for maximum tone and volume range. The result is a versatile snare with sweet spots across the batter head; plenty of deep wood warmth and tremendous cutting power and projection.

Ideal as a primary snare across all genres and outstanding in acoustic settings such as Jazz or Orchestra. Matched single length steam bent solid Blackwood hoops; Remo heads, Fidock/Trick multi-step throw-off, 20 strands Canopus wires.

Timber: Premium grade air-dried Blackwood.

Source: North West Tasmania, Otway Ranges (temperate rainforest). Victoria, Australia

Finish: Classic method french polish

SINGLE EDITIONS

Myrtle

Also called Myrtle Beech, the species grows in temperate rainforests in Tasmania and parts of Victoria. It is an undergrowth of Blackwood and not related to the non-indigenous species of the same name.

Due to the restrictions on commercial logging, supply of quality air dried Tasmanian Myrtle is extremely limited at present (DNA testing indicates the species was around 780,000 years ago).

A dense timber with a closed tight grain, Tasmanian Myrtle has all the tonal and tensile qualities to deliver an outstanding tonal shell.

14″ x 6.5″ Myrtle Snare

Myrtle is a strong tonal which is not quite as expansive sounding as Blackwood.
The sound is round and warm and well blended across the frequency range with generous volume and projection.

The tuning range is wide and effective from low to high tensions with a strong open voice at high tensions; punchy and very Fat tuned loose.

An extremely well balanced, versatile instrument suitable for all styles.

As with all our stave shells, the shell is undersized and thin (5-6mm) with discreet sculpted re-rings.
This snare comes with all the standard Fidock parts and hardware: Eight light weight lugs, the Fidock/Trick multi-step throwoff, 20 strand Canopus Silver (wet) wires and Remo heads (Ambassador-batter and ‘Hazy’ – snare side).

Available with solid myrtle steambent hoops only.

Price on application. Enquire here

Satin Box

13″ x 9″  ‘FATBOY’

This was a unique edition. It will be available again in 2014.

 

14″ x 5″ Satin Box Snare

The ‘fastest’ and most cutting snare from Fidock to date.

Satin Box timber is highly dense: tense is a fitting description. There are no areas of open grain such as you find in Blackwood. In this way the sound and balanced tone of this snare is similar in some respect to Myrtle or even rock maple.

The similarity with those timbers ends there however.  Satin box shells are loud, very loud and of a bright and clean character that is totally unique to the timber.

Overtones are virtually non-existent and good tuning will do away with any need to dampen the batter head.  At high tension this snare will NOT choke. This snare has enormous volume, a clear singular note and whilst it jumps to a higher level of projection and sheer snare power at higher tunings it has a broad tuning range.

Ideal for Big Band, Orchestral and all other genres.
8 lugs, 6-7mm shell wall with sculpted reinforcement rings
Fidock / Trick  throw-off; Canopus 20 strands wires, Remo heads.

Timber: Premium grade air-dried Satin Box

Source: Otway Ranges Victoria (Australia)

Finish: Classic method french polish (clear shellac).

 

14″ x 6.5″ Satin Box Snare

We did not feel any need to add another timber in the 14×6.5’ range but we’re sure glad we found this.
This snare is highly dynamic and in sharp contrast in many respects to both the warmth of Blackwood and the more blended tones of Tasmanian Myrtle.

It looks innocent enough… Very pale, almost bone like, and kept so with a clear shellac French polish.
But that’s where appearances are deceptive.

The tight and tense timber delivers a snare that is bright and very dynamic with a hefty bottom end at medium to low tunings.

At high to medium tunings the snare reminds us of the big band snares of the yesteryear: crisp and fast with a lot of snare response and a lot of punch.

As with all our snares, the thin undersized shell prevents the drum from choking.
Slightly out of character for an FHD snare we made sure it was going to be FAT as well as fast. It is.?The inner shell is standard FHD specs: sculpted reinforcement rings, thin shell wall (6mm), 8 lugs. ?The snare also features the standard FHD parts: lightweight lugs, 20 strand wires (Canopus Silver model), a silver Trick throw-off and Remo heads.

 

Drum sets

Same Tree Figured Blackwood Bebop

Since 2009, Fidock has been purchasing entire tree sections of premium grade figured Blackwood directly from a (tree) feller near the Otway Ranges, Victoria.  The timber is cut from the base of the tree (compression timber) and quarter sawn.  In 2012, after almost 2 years of open air and in-house seasoning on racks, timber from the same tree was turned into the first same tree bebop (with fatboy snare drum).  The kit was quickly sold to a client in Italy.

At this stage, seasoned timber is on-hand for a further 4 or five of these extraordinary instruments.
With all shells genetically linked, the tone and response is consistent across the entire kit.  From the quietest stroke to full throttle stick drumming, the warmth of note, depth of tone and volume projection of these kits is of a truly staggering quality.

This is a truly harmonious drum set in a way that is unique to handcrafted drums and extends full kit drum making to its highest level to date.
BASS DRUM: 18×14” (10- 12mm shell wall; 8 lugs).
RACK TOM: 12×8” (6 – 7mm shell wall; 6 lugs).
FLOOR TOM: 14×14” (8-9mm shell wall; 8 lugs).
SNARE DRUM: 13×9” FATBOY (6-7mm shell wall; 8 lugs. Multi-step Fidock/Trick throw-off; 20 strands Canopus wires).
All shells feature sculpted reinforcement rings
HEADS: REMO.
MOUNTING SYSTEM: Rims type mounts on rack and floor tom.

Timber: Premium grade air-dried Blackwood.

Source: North West Tasmania, Otway Ranges (temperate rainforest). Victoria, Australia

Finish: Classic method french polish.

 

Satin Box Bebop

Satin Box is not available for commercial cultivation; in fact the timber is so rare that many in the timber industry have never heard of it.

Highly dense, hence highly tonal, this is a superb timber to work with and is exceptionally suited to acoustic instrument making.

This kit differs from the Blackwood Bebop in one major respect: it is faster and a great deal brighter.  Think Buddy Rich in full flight on a tightly tuned Ludwig.

Awesome projection, absolute clarity of note and tone, this is a kit that comes very close to note percussion such as tympani if so desired.

The tone and note is astonishing: elegant, strong, clean and very focused in the low to high mids.

The bass end on these shells is outrageous, outstanding. Hard to believe that small shells such, as those on this kit are capable of emitting such frequencies.

This extraordinary drum set is totally consistent and harmonious of tone and response across the entire kit.  A fully cohesive instrument which will improve in character as the timber ages.

BASS DRUM: 18×14” (10- 12mm shell wall; 8 lugs).
RACK TOM: 12×8” (6 – 7mm shell wall; 6 lugs).
FLOOR TOM: 14×14” (8-9mm shell wall; 8 lugs).
SNARE DRUM: 14×5” solid shell (6-7mm shell wall; 8 lugs. Multi-step Fidock/Trick throw-off; 20 strands Canopus wires).
All shells feature sculpted reinforcement rings
HEADS: REMO.
MOUNTING SYSTEM: Rims type mounts on rack and floor tom.

Timber: Premium grade air-dried Satin Box

Source: Otway Ranges Victoria (Australia)

Finish: Classic method french polish (clear shellac).

For sale (unique edition, one only and no further releases). Price on application.
Enquire here