O'Neill custom drums are crafted from a broad range of popular materials, most of which are available in a wide array of types, sizes, and configurations. Customizing is simple: Select a type, pick a size, and spec the edges -- your drum's bearing edges will be custom machined and hand-finished, tailored to "fit" you like an $800 Italian suit.
Available in a variety of woods, a steam-bent shell is manufactured from a single ply of wood that's formed using steam and specialized bending tools. Using one thick ply -- instead of gluing and compressing together multiple thin plies -- eliminates "dead spots" in a shell, allowing a drum to resonate more fully. The result is a snare drum with incredible tone, projection, and sensitivity.
Mahogany, cherry, hickory, and walnut, are just some of the types of woods used to make OCD steam-bent snare drum shells.
If you're looking for a snare sound with the control and warmth of wood but with the projection of metal, a brass shell is just the thing. OCD brass snare drums are available in a range of sizes, with either hammered and non-hammered shells.
Compared with their non-hammered counterparts, hammered shells create tonal complexity and produce a sound that's slightly darker and more controlled.
For a kit that looks as unique as it sounds, opt for O'Neill custom drums with acrylic shells. Popularized by drummers of the 70s, acrylic drums are known for their volume, focus, and projection, and they're substantially louder than drums whose shells are made of wood. Acrylic drums also afford a wide tuning range, are less sensitive to humid environments, and are incredibly durable.