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 selection of 12″ vs 16″  depends a lot on the piece being performed but some things to keep in mind are:

  • -The 16″ Slapback has a solid tuning range from about D3-A3. It works very well both as a solo lead drum and an accompanying drum. It is single headed with a mesh back to keep the steel shot in and let the drum breathe.
  • -The 12″ Slapback has a tuning range from about G3-D4. Additionally, since It is double headed, a center dot can be applied to further focus the pitch of the drum and also lower the pitch. I’ve been experimenting with various thickness vinyl stickers on the dead-center of the rear (cloth) head and have achieved some really nice results.
  • The 12″ Slapback is very well suited to be a solo drum. Almost in the same tonal space as a riq, but with more body to the sound.

 

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 Renaissance material. The mesh back can be removed to change or supplement the media. The drum is tuneable using Cooperman’s standard tuning system.

$378.00

The 12” version shares the same general specification as the 16″ (above) but  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.

$360.00

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