Crush Drums and Percussion is a relatively new company with a keen eye for quality construction. Launched in 2010, Crush won the 'Best In Show' honors in the category Companies To Watch the very next year at NAMM 2011. This Winter NAMM show, Crush took its upward trend a step further with the launch of the Sublime E3 series, Limited Reserve Wenge and Limited Reserve Birch sets, the Chameleon Ash and clear Acrylic kits, plus the addition of a bop style configuration to the Chameleon line. Also new for 2013 are two cajon models.
And as Crush continues to grow and expand as a company, they will be introducing Custom USA Snare Drums later this year, so stay tuned. But first, check out the videos of Crush at NAMM 2013 hosted by Chris Tontini, chief operating officer and director of sales for Crush Drums and Percussion.
Sublime E3 The all new Sublime Maple E3 series evolved from Crush's Sublime Maple and Sublime Maple Tour Series and carries many features from each line. This new series delivers the full and warm tones of hand selected 100% North American Maple. The toms, with six ply shells and double 45 degree bearing edges, have reinforcement rings for more shell strength. The bass drums are made of eight ply shells and have double 45 degree bearing edges on the batter side for a bigger punch and fully rounded edges for enhanced low end and warmth. The ten ply snare drum shells feature single sharp 45 degree edges to enhance attack and sensitivity.
The Crush Sublime E3 series comes in four configurations, with bassdrums ranging from 20x18 to 26x15 inch, one rack tom sized 12x8 or 13x9 inch, a 16x14 inch floor tom plus a 13x7, 14x6 or 14x7 inch snare drum. Rack toms and floor toms in different sizes are available as add-ons.
Finishes include white with lime stripe sparkle, white multi sparkle, deep blue sparkle, orange/red sparkle fade, black multi sparkle, copper sparkle fade and lime sparkle fade.
Chameleon bop The bop style configuration drum set is a new addition to the Chameleon line. Made of six ply Birch/Basswood with double 45 degree bearing edges, this kit comes with black powder coated hardware and hoops, interchangeable chameleon lug inserts and tom brackets with mating memory locks. A lift included right in the box. Its configuration is 18x16 inch bass drum, 14x6 inch snare, 12x8 inch tom tom and 14x13 floor tom. The Chameleon Bop series is currently only available in Light Blue Sparkle.
Limited Reserve Wenge The limited edition Wenge drumsets from Crush delve deeper in the rich sound spectrum of Bubinga. The eight ply bass drum shells are 100% Wenge and feature a dual 45 degree bearing edge on the batter side, and a full round on the resonant side. Crush has used seven ply Birch/ Wenge shells for the tom and snare drums, both featuring double 45° bearing edges with slight round over. The wood bass drum hoops come with a matching satin natural lacquer finish, complemented by the satin finished drum hardware.
Features also include the Crush sublime mini bridge lugs, x-suspension mounts, mating memory locks, two position bass drum spurs, Crush hoop saver bass drum claws, and removable inserts in the tom brackets, allowing use of multiple sized tom arms.
The six-piece configurations include a 20x18 or 22x18 inch bass drum, 10x7 and 12x8 inch tom toms, 14x13 and 16x14 inch floor toms plus a 14x6 inch snare drum. Only fifteen of these kits are made with a 20 inch bass drum, and 35 with the 22 inch bass configuration.
Limited Reserve Birch The limited edition Birch drum sets from Crush are another brand new offering for 2013. All of the shells consist of 100% North American Birch and are hand finished. The eight ply bass drum sell features a dual 45 degree bearing edge on the batter side and a full round on the resonant side. The snare and toms feature seven ply shells with a dual 45 degree bearing edge with a slightly rounded outer edge.
Like the Limited Reserve Wenge kits, features also include the Crush sublime mini bridge lugs, x-suspension mounts, mating memory locks, two position bass drum spurs, Crush hoop saver bass drum claws, and removable inserts in the tom brackets, allowing use of multiple sized tom arms.
The satin finished drum hardware complements the satin natural lacquer finish of the drums.
Configurations include a 20x18 inch bass drum, 10x7 and 12x8 inch tom toms, 14x13 and 16x14 inch floor toms plus a 13x7 inch snare, or a 22x18 inch bass drum, 10x7 and 12x8 inch tom toms, 14x13 and 16x14 inch floor toms plus a 14x6 inch snare. A third configuration consists of a 24x17 inch bass drum, 12x8 inch tom tom, 16x14 floor tom and 14x6 inch snare drum. An 8x6 inch tom and 18x16 floor tom are available as add-ons. Only ten drum sets with a 20 inch bass drum configuration, thirty with a 22 inch bass and ten with a 24 inch configuration are being made.
Crush Acrylic drums The Crush Acrylic drum set features 100% seamless and clear acrylic shells. While acrylic industrial piping are often used for the drum shells, Crush has created its own unique construction process. According to the company, this process not only increases the strength of the shell, but also adds warmth not traditionally found in standard acrylic drums.
The mounted toms come with an upgraded X-Suspension Mount for easy set up. The toms feature 2.3mm hoops and the snare drum is equipped with die cast hoops. The bass drum hoops on the A2C models are 100% acrylic and add yet another unique feature to this series.
The Crush Acrylic drum set is available in two configurations: 22x18 inch bass drum, 10x7 and 12x8 inch rack toms and a16x14 inch floor tom, or a 18x16 inch bass drum, 10x7 rack tom and 13x13 inch floor tom.
Snare drums in sizes 13x7, 14x6 and 14x7 inch, 8x6 plus 13x9 rack toms plus 14x13 and 18x16 inch floor toms are available as add-ons.
New Chameleon Ash Finish New in the Crush Chameleon Ash series is the Trans Red satin finishes that highlights the beauty of Ash wood grain.
The hardware has been powder coated in black to accent the finish, and the interchangeable lugs allow you to choose what color combinations options best fit you.
The color insert of the Chameleon lug is an ABS material and serves only for aesthetic purposes, allowing you to customize the lug without having to remove it from the shell.
Crush Cajons Crush also showed two brand new cajon models at the Winter NAMM Show 2013. The first model, features an Ash or Makah-Burlwood frontplate and Mahogany body with an adjustable sizzle effect. The second cajon model features an Ebony or Pheasantwood frontplate, Mahogany/Birch body and adjustable snare wires. Cajon bags are included.