99 Slapback

Developed in collaboration with percussionist/drummer Matt Kilmer and influenced by a lap-position playing style taught by Jamey Haddad, the Cooperman 99 Slapback series of drums provides the defined punch of a frame drum embellished with a caxixi-like shaker sound when tapped from the top or when rocked on the thigh. For a dramatic accent, a slap-strike throws the enclosed shot and then ricochets it back to the playing surface; a quieter “ocean” effect can be achieved by simply rolling the shot around the playing surface.

The 16″ version was designed as an all-around drum that could be tuned high if you want it to cut more, or tuned lower to get more bass tone.  Matt Kilmer usually plays it with a djembe or dumbek in front of him to hit a bass tone as needed.  The drum has a solid tuning range from about D3-A3.   It has all the punch of an open-back tar drum, but accessorized with shaker beads.  The steel shot is captured between the REMO Weatherking playing head and the drum’s removable mesh back, which features a splash zone of highly responsive REMO Weatherking material. The mesh back can be removed to change or supplement the media. The drum is tuneable using Cooperman’s standard tuning system.

$350.00

The 12”, double-headed version is design more as a soloist’s drum, though it holds it own cutting through in a big mix .  A hefty load of steel shot powers-up our 12″ 99 Slapback tar drum with a wide range of possible effects. It has a tuning range from about G3-D4. Since it is double headed – REMO Weatherking for an articulate playing surface and REMO Cloth/Mylar for a dark splash surface  – a center dot can be applied to further focus the pitch of the drum and  lower the pitch further.

$330.00

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