Ron Vaughn Solid Drum Shell’s earliest origins began in the 1960’s in the USA. Ron Vaughn first began working out his methods, machinery, and unique techniques for bending solid wood, first for snow skis, and then for solid tambourine and hand drum shells, and then solid drum shells.
Ron Vaughn, Inc. continues today building some of the world’s finest steam bent solid shells. These solid shells can be found virtually all over the world in tambourines, hand drums, and drum shells.
Ron Vaughn, Inc. continues today under Ron’s sole ownership and direction.
These solid drum shells are made with the very same attention to superb materials, detail and quality of workmanship Ron Vaughn Percussion has become so well known for over the past 50 years, both here in the USA and throughout the world.
Wood species: through the decades there are few wood species that Ron Vaughn has not used in building steam-bent solid drums shells. Typically, reinforcing hoops are steam bent from hard maple, unless otherwise requested.
Solid maple drum shells remain one of the most popular, useful, potentially great-sounding and good-machining, naturally occurring materials for experienced drum builders to use.
In 2020 Ron Vaughn Percussion is yet again expanding the company’s solid shell production capacity, allowing more builders a path to these beautiful solid shells.
Ron Vaughn, Inc, applies aerospace tolerances in the equipment and engineering instruments we use to produce, “the best quality we can make” in our solid drum shells. In applying these specs, and with the help of some remarkable cutting-edge technologies, nothing is mass produced.
Each shell is made one-at-a-time.
Cocobolo and Rock Maple Solid Shells:
Purple Heart and Zebra Wood Solid Shells:
Blood Wood & Quilted Maple Solid Shells: