SuperSix™ SMF™ Drum Shells

We at Cogs Custom Drums have strategically partnered with Brian Baron of Cold Mountain Drums to provide our high-end drum shells. 

SuperSix™ SMF™ Core Specifications:

  • Maple 6 Ply with 1/16th Veneer.
  • Parallelogram Seams.
  • Solid Mold Forming (SMF™).
  • Made In USA.

Cold Mountain Drum Shells by Brian Baron - 

"I started out building drums, very much unaware of the vast processes and methods used. It wasn't easy- there aren’t any books on how to build the perfect drum shell. I’ve developed my process through years of trial and error. Each step is critical in the effort to create the best possible shell. Considerable time was spent constructing the actual hydraulic press and molds used to build my shells. I had to learn techniques in welding, metal fabrication, hydraulic systems and electrical basics to construct the machinery needed to produce my shells. Having constructed a hydraulic veneer press allows me to select and prepare plies of top quality domestic and exotic veneers in any combination. This allows me to ensure the highest quality fit and finish throughout the shell construction process. I’m proud to say all of my machinery and methods were constructed by me, right here in the USA.

So- you’ve asked yourself; what’s the difference between drum companies? Essentially all drums are the same, right? All drum companies use the same parts SHELL, LUGS, RIMS, T-RODS ETC...

Although most drum companies seem the same, there is a difference.

 The heart of a great sounding drum is in the shell. Not all ply shell drums are created the same. The typical construction technique used by most major drum manufactures is a split mold design. Most drum companies use the same overseas molding machines. Make a list of your favorite major brands; I’m sure the same machines are used across the board. Therefore they are essentially manufacturing the same product throughout the drum industry.  Most of us have taken years to perfect our craft as drummers. I have learned through my experience the finest methods to create drums that reflect your passion and vision. The Cold Mountain Process™ Solid Mold Forming SMF™ process starts with each shell material and size selection produced to achieve a specific end-result. Here at Cold Mountain Drums, all veneers are hand -selected and must pass the highest standards of quality. Each select ply is hand-sanded and inspected before shell forming. The shell is molded by hand in Cold Mountain Process™ proprietary solid molds. I believe the Solid Mold Forming SMF™ produces a shell that is extremely strong, musical and of the highest quality. Major brands using the split mold method place plies in the opened split mold loosely which are left to conform to the platens.  By using our method Solid Mold Forming SMF™ the solid mold assures a quality fit and tighter dimensional tolerances. In mass produced shells, typically plies are cut shorter to allow an easier fit in the mold .This allows anyone to operate the machine. Solid Mold Forming SMF™ takes a skill set that is acquired over years of experience. Other drawbacks to mass produced split mold formed shells are ply’s cut too long can sometimes bind, producing flat spots or cracks in the shell. To correct that problem, plies are usually cut shorter in length, which can result in gaps and air pockets. Most of these facets are hidden later in the finishing process of the drum. They still remain in the final outcome of the product, effecting tolerances and sound. A mass produced shell has more attention paid to the ease and speed of the fabrication rather than the overall quality of the shell.

 I am constantly working on the craft of drum building to achieve the highest results possible.

That is my mission statement, to BUILD THE BEST.

Don’t just play A drum, Play YOUR drum!

As a drummer, you have put all your efforts into mastering your craft. My goal is to give you the best possible sound and product to achieve your goals in the studio and on the stage.

I’m honored to partner with fellow drum smith Mark C., of Cogs Custom Drums LLC as a supplier of shells for his line of SuperSix™ SMF™ drums. We share the same passion of building the highest quality drums by hand."

Thank You,

Brian Baron

Cold Mountain Drums