To make great music, musicians need great gear. Drummers need unique voices in their arsenal – especially their snare. With this mentality in mind, Schinbein Drum Company builds unique and custom snare drums for discerning clientele.
You design it, we build it. Want a 15 x 13 16th century-style French provincial field snare? No problem. Want to replicate your grandfather’s black beauty, but with a more reliable snare throw on it? Of course! That’s what we’re here for: one-off, hand-built creations.
A Schinbein drum stands out from the competition, both sonically and aesthetically. Our signature orange vents let you know that your hand-built drum is backed by our promise that nothing leaves the shop unless it's as close to perfect as humanly possible.
We refuse to compromise on quality. If there is something that we don't make in house, rest assured it has been made by some of the finest craftsmen in the world, because if the hardware doesn’t match our shells in quality, the drum simply doesn't leave the shop.
“Butch’s Baby” is a solid, everyday workhorse that happily takes abuse as well as you can dish it out. She’s always there, waiting for whatever gig you bring her to, and she won’t let you down.
This build was a commission for Mr Walter “Butch” Deal of Alaska, and was a lot of fun to make. Worth a special mention is the R845 strainer from the indelible Mr Dunnett. We love that strainer: it’s so elegant.
This snare drum was built from the ground up to be simply awe-inspiring. To date, “1001 Cubic Inches of Awesome” is one of the most insanely high-end drums we’ve built, and the best part is that we have no idea how it sounds: we’ve never hit it!
Why, you ask? Simple! If we were to tune it up and smack it around, someone at the shop will most definitely snatch it up, which would be bad because this baby was built to sell!
This custom-built snare drum was hand made for Dr. Richard Wise, the hardest working man in the Melbourne scene, a monster of a player; seriously, look him up.
This model is a variation of “Butch’s Baby”, this time with Gold coloured hardware. Who knew black, brass and orange would go together so well: it’s like a classy Hallowe’en party!
He may be loud and a bit over-bearing at times, but he always has your best interests at heart.
He will help you get the job done, no matter what is needed.
Big brother is watching.
The world needs more awesome big brothers, like Chris Schinbein of Woodhaven, Michigan, USA, who designed this drum (and happens to be siblings with owner Phil Schinbein). We’ve had the pleasure of touring with this custom snare and it is absolutely amazing. Another favourite around the shop!
There was an advertisement on the television for a beverage called Oak. The actor had a silly “Strayan” accent and a penchant for over-ennunciation. The next drum I made had a Tasmanian oak shell. Originally, I was trying to think of a play on words having to do with the old joke about people from Tasmania having two heads. Hoak is probably a better name; wouldn’t want to offend my bi-cranial neighbours…
This “little rippa” has left the nest and is out making its fantastic and surprisingly loud way in the world. Interesting point for this drum is the full round over bearing edge top and bottom which, when combined with it’s diminutive size, helps create a rather unique almost martial sounding drum.
“I had an idea for a particular finish I wanted to try. Or, rather, I was curious to see what would happen when I did some bizarre things to all the stuff I put onto a drum shell. I went to the craft store and purchased a vial of Glitter. I put it in everything, the dye, the sealer, and the oil I used as a top coat. Interestingly, the glitter really only took to the grain patterns and was removed from everywhere else when I sanded between coats. What was left was a finish that looks like galaxies and stars swirling around out in space. Pretty cool.” -Phil Schinbein
We’re not really sure what Phil’s talking about here, but we do know that this 15×8” monster of a snare drum is fantastic. It’s so epic both in size and sound. We sold it to Harrison Staley of “Cabbages and Kings”:. In spite of some extra leg work trying to find a case to protect his new-found awesomeness, he is another happy customer.
This is our first Brickman shell, to create this shell we built up rings of small wooden segments much like laying the bricks for a well. The resulting shell has more projection and better tone than a ply shell, yet is more stable than a stave shell; best of both worlds. This is our favourite construction method.
Another thing we did with this one was to leave the interior fairly rough to the touch. The resulting drum sounds very warm and focused. Leaving the interior rough reduces the high harmonics in the fundamental pitch created by striking the drum. What’s left is a snare drum naturally EQ’ed for blues, rock, or anywhere really where a tight focused sound is warranted.
The drum is named after Reggie Jackson who just nailed it with this quote, “I feel that the most important requirement in success is learning to overcome failure. You must learn to tolerate it, but never accept it.”
“My custom Cajon from Schinbein Drums is a totally wicked instrument.”
It was a surprise gift from the awesome D²Drumline crew so at first I didn’t realise what made it so special – I just knew it sounded great and felt more comfortable to play on than any other Cajon I had checked out. Turns out Phillip had worked with the guys to build perfect sized instrument based on my height as well as designing a custom finish in consultation with the guys. Finished with an awesome hand engraved badge personalised for the occasion, I couldn’t be happier with this unique gift!
Nice words provided by Campbell Phillips, Melbourne, VIC
Sound familiar? After you decide to buy a new snare drum, you end up disillusioned because you can’t find the right option. So you compromise, buy a snare that you don't love, and fall into a dark depression.
Yes! You don’t HAVE to settle for second-best, and you don’t have to spend $1000s to go custom. Just follow our patented process* and you’ll soon be on your way to snare drum greatness:
*Process may not be patented. Cat available for extra charge.
We'll work with you to build your dream snare. Here's what you can expect of our process.
We start with a massive round of emails and phone calls, back-and-forth between you and our builder, squaring away every single little detail of your drum, from the shell material to the finish and everywhere in betwixt the two. That’s right: betwixt.
Once we’re both happy that we’ve created the drum you want, we go to work and create wonders out in our workshop. And sawdust.
Once completed, if you live in Melbourne like we do, we’ll hand-deliver your hand-built drum to your doorstep. If not, it goes in the post, packed safely, securely, and with just as much love as went into building the thing.
Our discussions don’t end just because we’ve been paid: you’ll hear from us a month later asking how it’s going. At this point you’ll likely be gushing about your new snare drum, and will never need to buy another one again (unless, of course, you want to – they make excellent gifts, even for non-drummers!*).
*May not actually make excellent gifts for non-drummers.
We don’t do pre-made drums, nor do we carry a stock of ready-to-buy snares.
We do, however, have a standard hardware package that we’ve created to best suit the needs of our clients, and it’s one we prefer to use. Deviations are obviously possible, but we’ve found it’s usually easier to have a starting point from which to deviate.