This is one very exciting arrival. This is the first Noble & Cooley Walnut Classic drum set to hit the UK! It is also the first one ever made in a colour rather than Natural Walnut. We asked N&C if they could do a Translucent Red and they delivered! The deep Walnut Grain still comes through the colour beautifully and we think this is a great colour combination.
We decided to order this set in what I like to refer to as a hybrid jazz/bop outfit. In the late 80's early 90's many companies offered these sizes as a standard option, nowadays you don't see so many around so we thought we'd revive this type of set up for the Walnuts UK debut! The tom sizes are 10 x 8, 12 x 8 and 13 x 9. The Floor is a 14 x 14 and the Bass Drum is 20 x 14. Don't be fooled these drums are punchy, toney, they will tune high for that true jazz bebop sound or down for something incredibly meaty, the horizontal 6 ply Walnut shell delivers incredible tone and definition so whilst the kit looks compact it can happily rock too. For Jazz, Funk, Pop and Acoustic styles this kit is an immediate winner, the walnut shells are incredibly comfortable with lighter strokes and maintain balance and tone throughout the dynamic range. Over the last year we are finding lots of players wanting to get back to shallower bass drum sizes, there is certainly increased tonal and beater definition benefits which are often apparent when older Gretsch and Ludwig sets come through. For this set the first thing we decided to do was order a 20 x 14 and with this more classic and slightly larger tom configuration this kit is going to be incredibly articulate and versatile.
Just like the N&C Walnut ply and Solid Shell Classic snare drums, the Walnut Classic drum kits have a lot of low end and a darker vintage tone. Beefy, fat and surprisingly ambient. The Walnut Classic kits are built with the Witt Percussion all horizontal approach that N&C use use on their snare drums.
10 x 8, 12 x 8 & 13 x 9 Toms
14 x 14 Floor Tom
20 x 14 Bass Drum
6 Ply Horizontal Walnut Shells
Finished in a one off Translucent Cherry Red Lacquer
Toms all fitted with the N&C Cool Mount RIMS style suspenders
2.3mm Triple Flanged Hoops
Pearl LB30 Floor Brackets with Air Ride Legs
N&C Tubular Long Lugs
Fitted with Remo USA Drum Heads throughout
Hand Made by N&C In Granville, Massachusetts
We've also shot a video for the kit, please go to the additional information section to see it
Please Note: We've also featured the new N&C Solid Shell Classic Walnut Snare in the pictures and video, this snare is finished in Natural Oil. To finish off the look the kit is set up with a full set of Byzance Jazz from Meinl Cymbals. The Snare, Cymbals and Stands are not included, please contact us if you would like to configure additional items to create your desired set up.
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