"Bruce does not buy shells and just jam some hardware on them and call them a custom drum- he builds the shells. Beautiful work!"
Monarch series drums employ a 3-ply configuration, based on very popular drums-1 produced by several drum companies of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. These drums produce a warm, round and punchy tone, with few overtones; they sound equally well along the tuning spectrum, whether tuned high or low. Monarch drums are extremely studio friendly and record exceptionally well.
All Monarch drums feature the time honored 3-ply construction which contain a poplar core that is sandwiched between any number of different species of wood. The most common configuration is mahogany-poplar-mahogany, with solid steam bent hard maple reinforcing hoops. Veneer for Monarch drums is hand selected and cut, glue pressed to a center core of poplar, which is cut from select 1/8” stock, free of knots or voids. Once out of the molds, the raw shells are cut to size and reinforcing hoops applied. After trimming the reinforcing hoops, the shell is thoroughly sanded and ready for finish.
Monarch finish consists of hand rubbed penetrating oil and wax, which is buffed to a lustrous elegant sheen. The oil and wax finish is very durable, protective and easily maintained. Peacock confetti wrap is an rbh drums exclusive and is available on any drum upon request. Check with rbh drums for the availability of other wraps and colors.
Veneers offered for Monarch exteriors are mahogany, cherry and maple. Other species such as birdseye maple, curly maple, walnut or combinations such as inlays, are available upon request.
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Monarch Snare Drums
Monarch snare drums offer a vintage sound with excellent response at any playing volume. They possess a very wide tuning range; able to produce a high end crack or a low, fat back beat and are extremely versatile for most any playing situation. All Monarch snare drums come complete with:
- Solid hard maple reinforcing hoops
- 2.3mm chrome plated steel hoops
- Trick GS007 3-step throw-off
- Puresound 16 strand snares
- Rbh heads by Remo
- Custom snare bag and drum key
This snare features a birdseye maple exterior ply which really makes it blend in with any kit color.