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Ron Vaughn bass log drum, mounted

Bass Log Drum Level Mounted . . .

 

 

S.A.T.B. Log Drums . . .

Ron Vaughn Log Drums

 

FlexMounts for log drums . . .

Log Drum Flex Mount Page

Ron Vaughn Log Drum Notes


Ron Vaughn log drum level

Base Log Drum FlexMounted level . . .


 

Ron Vaughn angled log drum

Base Log Drum FlexMounted angled . . .




Ron Vaughn Log Drum, underside of FlexMounted drum

Underside view of FlexMount Assembly . . .

 

 

Ron Vaughn level cradle set

FlexMount for Log Drums, level set . . .

 

 

Ron Vaughn log drum cradle, angled set

FlexMount for Log Drums, angled set . . .


 

Ron Vaughn level foam block set

Foam Block Set for level playing surface . . .

 

 

Ron Vaughn angled foam block set

Foam Block set for angled playing surface . . .

 

 

Ron Vaughn FM-6 bar

FlexMount FM-6 bar . . .

 


Ron Vaughn T Base

FlexMount TBase . . .

 

 

Ron Vaughn FM-XR3 pins

FlexMount FM-XR3 pins . . .

 

Ron Vaughn Log Drums
The bodies of Ron Vaughn log drums remain 100% genuine Russian Baltic Birch as they have always been since Ron first introduced Russian Birch to these great instruments many years ago, and the playing surfaces remain 100% solid North American Black Walnut.
All Ron Vaughn log drums are assembled by hand, using hand-lapped, flush fitting acoustic joints throughout.  No screws or synthetic fasteners are used in the acoustic joints and assembly of these great drums.  Authentic Ron Vaughn log drums are 100% made today by Ron and his crew at Ron Vaughn Percussion, USA. 
These remarkable drums are a direct part of the instruments that have come from Ron for well over 40 years, and can be heard in live concerts, and on film sound tracks and recordings of all kinds throughout the world.

To achieve best sound in performance, these drums should be played horizontally on a very solid surface.  They can also be fully performance mounted using Ron’s stainless steel log drum FlexMounts, with high-density foam insulating cradles.  Choose from a level playing surface, or one that gently angles the drum toward the performer.
For flat-surface performance, there are four high-density acoustic insulating foam feet mounted nodally along the bottom surface of each drum.
Play Ron's drums with Ron Vaughn log drum mallets for best results, or play with hands for superior mixed sounds, (your chops depending!).

 

 


 
 
Ron's original S.A.T.B. Russian Birch, Black Walnut Log Drums
     
Log Drum models
Sizes
Tuned Drum Pitches
RV-Sop.LogDr
7.5" x 7.5" x 18"
Bb and Db
RV-Alto.LogDr
7.5" x 7.5" x 28"
F and Ab
RV-Ten.LogDr
8.5" x 8.5" x 40"
C and Eb
RV-Bass.LogDr
8.5" x 8.5" x 54"
G and Bb
Medium Log Drum Mallet
for Soprano and Alto drums
Large Log Drum Mallet
for Tenor and Bass drums
 
Tuned pitches are relative, (close), and can be mathematically precision tuned upon request.
Additional tuning fees apply. Click here to return to product index page.

Notes from Ron Vaughn about Log Drums . . .

Ron's log drums are available today in their original S.A.T.B. form, design, and full bodied sound. All of these drums are made in the USA by Ron Vaughn Percussion.

"Log drums should be as simple as possible in their construction, like their real-log native relatives", Ron Says. "Pure log drum sound is dark, rich, mellow, and full. When you play a good log drum, even softly, you can feel the sound on your body".

Sound is always what matters, with instrument longevity in close consideration.
When you’re picking out log drums to buy, here are a few things that may be helpful for you to know.  These aspects, qualities, guidelines and methods have proven reliable since Ron began designing and building instruments in the 1960’s.  They’ve proven reliable over time through the construction of thousands of Ron Vaughn blocks and drums of various kinds.  Ron Vaughn Percussion relies on these principals yet today, with innovation and improvement always in mind.

Log Drums and Log Drum Sound:
Today when you say log drum, the term means different things to different people.  Ron Vaughn Percussion log drums are ancestors of their two-pitch native drums made from logs.  The sound of Ron Vaughn log drums is deep and rich in the Alto, Tenor, and Bass drums, and posses a rich singing quality in the Soprano drums.
Ron Vaughn log drums are NOT the multi-pitched smaller drums that can usually be held in a player’s lap.  These ‘lap’ drums often have four, six, eight or more pitch tongues in a single drum.  While they can be fun and a little effective to play, and sometimes have a tongue or two that sound terrific, they lack the needed physics to produce authentic log drum sound.  And, these lap drums are where you most often find beautiful, exotic wood used for the tonal surface that simply can’t produce excellent sound. 
Today there is sometimes a fair amount of confusion in the percussion instrument building world about exotic woods and fine sound.  Spending a few hundred dollars for a relatively small amount of lumber, regardless of perceived rarity or genuine beauty, is no guarantee of superior sound. This is true whether buying a log drum, solid drum shell, or any other sound producing acoustic body. 
When a film score or orchestral score calls for log drums, experienced composers most often intend the ancestral sound of native log drums.  Just ask them.

The most pure and complete log drum sound comes from simplicity, like the logs of native log drums:
To deliver great sound, (not good sound), log drums should be as simple as possible in their construction, like their real-log native relatives.  Pure log drum sound is dark, rich, mellow, and full, somewhat similar to a fine authentic temple block sound. Today it can be challenging to find these quality sounds in recordings and concerts. Players, producers, and conductors are often brought up in an aural percussion world of high impact plastics, or woods chosen for reasons other than pure sound, i.e., price, or exotic, beautiful appearing woods that often don’t contain the tonal ‘genetics’ to provide a beautiful log drum sound.  And, while high impact plastics can be an almost unbreakable, band-room-practical substitute, they completely lack the inherit richness of sound nuance and tonal color offered by genuine instruments that so enrich the best recordings and performances of all kinds.  

Log Drums as luggage:
In an effort to make log drums easier to handle, sometimes builders of log drums have attached handles directly to log drum bodies.  Sometimes the body sides are carved out to use as finger/hand gripping areas.  At best, these pieces of handle hardware, or additional cuts along the sides or into the ends of log drum bodies have nothing to do with producing excellent sound or artful aesthetics, but rather sacrifice overall drum sound quality for the sake of utility.  Not a good exchange if your real aim is authentic log drum sound, and you want the richest tonal performance result you can produce.

Log Drum body joinery, how the log drum body is made:
Log drum bodies can be beautiful sound chambers. When balanced with the right weight and well-matched playing surface, the sound can be extraordinary, and should be. 
Throughout the past 50 years, and still today, log drums have often been built more like kitchen cabinets or drawers instead of musical instruments. This happens most often when percussion companies who sell log drums don’t actually make their own instruments, but have them made by commercial cabinet or wood working shops.  The geometry of complex cabinetry joints such as inter-locking finger joints or dovetail joints don’t favor high quality acoustic sound production, or long-term trouble free performance over years of time.  As these joints fully dry and are exposed to changing seasons, temperatures, humidity, and cartage, they expand and contract.  In a kitchen drawer, some of this fractional joint movement is OK.  In a musical instrument, these shrinking and expanding complex joints easily create audible ticks and buzz when the instrument is played. Using screws and other mechanical fasteners in the construction of an acoustic body often eventually allow this same unwanted ‘tick and buzz’ to develop.

Log Drum Tonal surface construction, simplicity is good:
The tonal surface or playing surface of a log drum is another place of critical material and construction choice.  Screws and fasteners have often been used in the past, and in some companies today, to assemble the tonal or playing surface of a log drum to the log drum body. The primary reason manufacturers use screws and other mechanical fasteners in the construction of acoustic bodies is to gain production speed and save money. If you want to build an exceptional instrument that will produce exceptional sound it takes time, uncommon patience, and quiet persistence. Just like exceptional playing.

That's why they call it 'exceptional', and why you don’t find screws in the body of a Stradivarius.

Ron Vaughn

 

Ron Vaughn Log Drums:  100% made by Ron Vaughn Percussion, USA.


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