One of the most interesting drums we’ve seen in 2018 is the “railroad steel” snare from Love Custom Drums. Buddy Love, the owner and designer, has a love for metal drums, and he makes them in steel, brass, bronze, and aluminum, in addition to wood ply drums.

To create this thoroughly weathered looking drum, Love used rusted castoff steel from a rail yard to create snare drums with a lot of high end and presence. He also makes bronze drums from Legado Cymbals, which he describes as very warm and cymbal-like, with plenty of low end. We interviewed him in April 2018 at the Southern California Drum Show.