Provenance 1962 VW Type 2 Steel 14 x 4
This review is going to look at the first of two drums made from the same 1962 VW Type 2 van panel. The second drum will be in a subsequent review. There is also a third drum made from this panel, a massive 14x8” but that was with its owner and not sent for review.
This first drum is a 14x4” piccolo.
To look at, the drum/shell has instant visual appeal and character. The nature of Provenance Drums means that the shell material has had a previous life, in this case the panel from a VW van.
The shell itself isn’t particularly thick and has ‘bent over’ bearing edges. The outside is a light matt finish and has a long distinguishing ‘scar’ just under the top hoop. The panel looks like it’s been used, but in a nice ‘worldy’ sense. The inside of the shell features the original black paint which offsets against the light exterior.
The drum features 8 tube lugs, triple flanged hoops, Aquarian heads (standard coated/clear combination) and Puresound wires. The build of the drum was good and in line with the standard of the other Provenance drums I’ve seen.
I didn’t have any issues with tuning the drum and the sound was loud, cutting and clear. I used it on a couple of gigs and had no problems with being heard. The drum was consistent and held its tuning, and I enjoyed playing it.
Whilst the drum wasn’t quite for me in sonic terms (because I generally go for a slightly deeper shell), I did like it all the same. I’d actually say it was a fairly close call for me on that front, as I was torn between finding it almost just right and a little too thin sounding for my personal taste. I found I liked it at a slightly higher tuning as it felt a little more solid to play. Was close, all the same. It did perform well though over the time I had it and I had no complaints with it at all.
Overall, this is a nice drum. It looks cool; no, it doesn’t look shiny and new but it does have a unique look to it that stands out. And, aside from my personal tastes, it also has a dynamic range to it, which isn’t something you can say about every drum of this size.
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