A lifetime of drum-building expertise goes into the creation of each piece.
Our drums are built to take a beating and hold their tone under harsh touring conditions.
We bring back the great American tradition of great drums and blend it with modern technolgy.
Wanna see some amazing snare drums?
We either build it ourselves or buy the highest-quality parts available to make sure we sound our best.
At Chicago Drum, we build them like we own them. No glue drips, uneven edges or other minor imperfections. And everything is always quality inspected.
Our drums have a powerful tone that you need to hear to believe. And they are built to retain their sound even when touring hard.
We build the best drums out there and back them up with real support. We guarantee what we make.
We hand-build our kits, using quality materials and quality people right here in Illinois. C'mon, Chicago rocks!
Years of experience building some of the finest drums for the best players in the world means we're building some of the most powerful drums available today. We built them back in the day. We're building them again.
“Placing 1st in Category in our first Snare Drum Olympics is a HUGE honor,” says Jim Moritz, President of Chicago Drum. “It validates our passion for the amount of craftsmanship that goes into every drum we make!” Moritz has put thousands of hours of sweat equity into building his company, determined to produce high-quality vintage style drums that stand out in a cookie cutter market.
Poised to deliver the sound of yesteryear, Chicago Drum snares are versatile enough to fit any genre. “Our snares have great sensitivity with a whisper quiet touch,” Moritz prides. “Close to the rim, you still get that snare sound. The crack of our rim shots makes the great players look down and smile.”
August 8, 2020, 10 am to 6 pm
Nashville Fairgrounds, Expo Building 2
625 Smith Avenue, Nashville, TN
May 15-16, 10 am to 5 pm
Kane County Fairgrounds,
525 Randall Rd., St. Charles, IL
I recently approached Chicago Drum and Restoration about building a custom kit for me in a somewhat rare wrap to match my Blue Agate Slingerland kit. Not only did they willingly build my odd request but went beyond my expectations in making a stunningly beautiful “Bop” sized kit that sounds amazing on their own and also fit right in with the Slingerland when blended in to a much larger kit. I chose the Maple/Poplar shells to fit in with the sound of my mid-60's shells and opt ed for the streamlined lugs again for matching purposes. The wrap they found is so close you would have to be within a foot or two to notice the 50 years of difference. The precise drilling and spacing of lugs is refreshing and the perfectly done bearing edges are a thing of beauty I went with an unusual combination of sizes and must admit I could not be happier I did. For the Ride Tom I chose 8 x 10 with a 14x14 Floor Tom and a 14x18 Kick to end up with a smaller footprint but with out sacrificing any sound as these drums have that warm tone and yet still have the attack to penetrate. While I will enjoy putting these together with my vintage kit on occasion I cannot get enough of playing this kit as is! If you are looking for a high quality build and a vintage sound that started with the Slingerland company and is being carried on and dare I say improved at Chicago Drum. Many Thanks to Jim Moritz for the great communications from start to finish on the build and to everyone at Chicago Drum and Restoration for the fantastic work you do.
I usually rotate my kits around to keep it interesting and to explore the sounds of them individually but I cannot stop playing this 4 piece set up as they just sound so amazing no matter how I tune them.
Just wanted to pass along my Chicago Drum & Restoration Ltd. snare in action with Two Way Crossing at Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville the past two nights. Sounded AMAZING in that room! Sound guys loved it as well. Great feedback on it. Thanks for making such an amazing drum!
I think this Chicago company has a winner. I would go so far as to say this drum rivals any wood drum the Slingerland Company ever produced and is quite a tribute to that golden age of drum manufacturing.
Killer Drums Guys! :)
ChicagoDrumCo thanks! It's a beautiful drum both visually and sonically. Dare I say it sounds better than vintage? :)
I would be remiss if I did not give praise to this group of builders. I played this kit at the show and was blown away. Please support them in their endeavors. If only Gibson would give up that name they're sitting on.
The first time I played them, I immediately fell in love. They look great, sound even better, and tune incredibly easy. My style of play and my band, Arc & Stones, calls for big drums with a big sound; my Chicago Drum Rocker kit delivers the size and power we need while remaining exceptionally sensitive. I love these drums.
Hey guys, just want to tell you how much I've enjoyed playing these drums over the summer with Voyage. They really deliver in power and response, and are easy to dial in that big punchy sound I like. The snare seems effortless to play! Many sound techs and supporters have noticed and commented on the huge sound these drums have. Keep up the good work.
It's striking me as a pretty sensitive drum. This guy definitely knows how to build, that's for sure. (2014 Snare Drum Olympics)
You're the modern Slingerland of today. It's my goal to own some of your fine drums one day ! I'm thrilled they can be purchased !
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