Tiki Drums Makore and Mahogany Snare

Another drum to stun from Tiki

Drum builder Preston Prince launched his business under the name Tiki Drums around five years ago and has quickly built a reputation for his high quality finishes and distinctive-sounding gear. On review here is a Makore and Mahogany snare drum from Tiki's Custom range.

Build

Preston sources his shells from a dedicated shell builder in Italy who supplies blanks that Preston then cuts to size and finishes by hand. The 14"x5" Makore and Mahogany - is a contemporary build but still contains typically Tiki design flourishes.

"The shell is a six-ply mix of mahogany and poplar with five-ply poplar reinforcement rings"

The shell is a six-ply mix of mahogany and poplar (mahogany being the dominant wood) with five-ply poplar reinforcement rings. The outer ply is a veneer of the beautiful African hardwood makore.

A horizontal band of New Zealand Paua shell has been inlaid by hand, its metallic hues contrasting well with the tight grain of the makore.

Chrome-plated tube lugs complement the gloss lacquer finish further, working with the similarly sparkling triple-flanged hoops to visually frame each section of shell. Canopus snare wires, a Remo Vintage Ambassador batter and the unpretentious George Way snare throw-off and butt-end complete the specifications.

Hands On

Compared to the recently reviewed Monoply Maple snare from Tiki Drums, the Makore and Mahogany seems altogether younger and eager to get straight to the point. Wave a stick in its general direction and it delivers a lively zinging note, almost before contact has been made.

It's incredibly sensitive and open, with overtones easily conjured when straying from dead-centre. These are almost exclusively sympathetic and add to the overall note rather than clouding it. As we've come to expect, it's versatile and buzzing with character.

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

Lively, versatile and characterful tones. High build quality.

Cons

Price.

Verdict

Further proof of Tiki Drums' encyclopaedic knowledge of drum making. It's not cheap, but this sort of quality is worth paying for.

Snare Lugs

10

Drum Shell Material

Makore and Mahogany with Paua shell inlay

Country of Origin

UK

Snare Size

14 x 5

Snare Shell Ply

5

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