Canopus Zelkova 14" x 6.5" Snare Drum - Ninja Black Lacquer
The Zelkova hollowed snare drum is CANOPUS's flagship model.
In the primary development process Canopus first experimented with traditional drum crafting theory. Originally they cut the drum's edge at an angle of 45 degrees on both the inside and outside of the drum's shell. The first try was insufficient in resonance and was rather dull in regards to the drum's sensitivity. they continued to experiment with several different edge angles. Including 70. 60 and 60 degrees.
After trials and errors, Canopus have finally completed an unprecedented edge shaping process. The end result is a hand crafted snare drum with maximam resonance and a delicate yet fat sound with sharp response. The new edge shaping is very sharp. This overturns existing edge shaping theory. What they learned through comprehensive. In order to pull the best potential sound out of the drum. the edge shaping must be determined by the material. thickness and structure of the shell. These lessons learned contributed to establish the framework for CANOPUS' development policy.
Canopus prefer not to put any kind of hardware on the Zelkova. but a snare drum needs hardware. Therefore. Canopus eliminate any extraneous metal or wood to preserve the resonance of the drum.
The wood can shrink. causing the grommet to rattle. The shell expands and contracts in response to temperature and moisture. Canopus takes every precaution to minimize drum shell shrinkage. Even though we dry the Zelkova snare drum shell until the moisture content is at 9% and the Zelkova snare drums shell is made without a seam (it's made from one. non-comprised piece of wood). there is a possibility that the shell could still shirink or expand due to the changes in air moisture.
Just look inside the air hole and you can appreciate the thickness of the single piece of wood.