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Waterparks use AD on ALL Time Low TourCarl-AD, 3rd March 2017

The biggest tour AD has ever been involved in.

AD have been working on a closely guarded secret for the past few weeks and all is revealed today.

Waterparks have chosen AD to help them kick off their first UK tour with the almighty All Time Low. This is by far the biggest tour AD will have been involved in from start to finish and are very excited to see the kit on stage every night in front of sell out crowds.

Information and tickets can be found here http://www.seetickets.com/search?q=all+time+low

 ad drums on all time low tour  waterparks AD drum kit


The Bottom Line on tour with Simple PlanCarl-AD, 2nd February 2017

No Pads, No Helmets..Just Balls

The Bottom Line strike gold again!

The boys are really making an impression with Simple Plan as they have just announced date across Europe with the likes of Mallory Knox, Milestones, Trashboat and Four Years Strong.

Information and tickets can be found here http://www.simpleplan.com/tour

 AD Custom on simple plan tour  bottom line on simple plan tour


AD Drums at Manchester Drum ShowCarl-AD, 5th May 2015

Get ready for another cracking stand of creative work.

AD & Forecast Drums Hit MDS

Well guys and girls it’s that time of year again, what time I hear some of you say…. MANCHESTER DRUM SHOW TIME!!!!

Both AD Drums and sister company Forecast Drums will be showing off what we have been up to over the last few months with special show deals and competition prizes to boot.
Be quick to secure tickets as the show it set to jam packed with artists and fellow drummers alike.

 AD Custom Drums at Manchester drum show  AD Drums exhibit at MDS

Click the above images to order now from the Manchester Drum Show Website.

We hope to see a lot of new faces as well as old and share in that traditional “why are drummers so noisey?” chat, AD will be bringing a selection of custom wraps too which will be available at show special prices.


AD in April edition of RhythmCarl-AD, 18th March 2015

Padauk & Birch Snare Review

AD Drums Between the sheets of Rhythm Mag

Rhythm magazine have been kind enough to request products again for review and we are super pleased with the kind words they have spilt all over the double page spread in this months edition.

We decided to send them two different shell types to keep things fresh and exciting, A padauk stave shell and one of our standard 6mm birch shells, both offer very different sounds as you would imagine. We kept the stave shell in all its natural glory only finishing the shell with natural oils to bring out the beauty of the grain and keep the sound as open as we could. The birch shell was wrapped in some custom pearl wraps (teal and ages white) with a super cool single band running through the centre .
Click below to see the press section.

 AD Custom Drums rhythm review  AD Custom padauk and birch snare review

It's not only AD Drums that has been making an impact in the offices of Rhythm HQ, Forecast Drums (AD Drums sister company) have been gracing the pages earlier in the year. An amber shelled mini bop kit was up for perusal and boy did they enjoy having it in there possession, We couldn's t have wished for kinder words to be said about the work and style put in to making this small kit beefy at heart yet subtle in design.

For the full review click image below

 Forecast Drums rhythm review

The Manchester drum show is fast approaching and both companies (AD Drums & Forecast Drums) will be out in full force showing off the latest offerings. Grab your tickets now at the following address.


Happy New Year PeepsCarl-AD, 6th January 2015

Here's to 2015!

Happy New Year Guys & Girls

Hope everyone had a super festive period, I know I did (just need to loose the 3 stone I think I've managed to put on) just kidding but on to the fun stuff. 2014 was a huge year for AD I think some of the best work so far left the shop and it seems that you all seem to agree too, all the kind words really make it all worth while.

So what's new for 2105? In the true fashion for the start of the new year AD IS offering A free upgrade to wooden badges on all orders placed between 09/01/15 through 31/3/15 You can bet your bottom dollar we will go out of our way to match these to the style of the kit or snare they are for.
See a few examples below.

 AD Custom Drums FREE wooden badges on orders

To receive this offer quote are those wood badges when enquiring.

A slightly rounded over 45 degree bearing edge was added to all drums and waxed to give a smooth easy to tune feel around the kit - and new heads were added to finish the build.

More tools and machinery have been brought to allow more creative work to occur in house, printing, cutting, contour sanding you name it we have tried to bring it all to our workshops allowing us to experiment and produce even more innovative products.

As many of you know last year saw the Launch of AD's sister company Forecast Drums Ltd, one of the worlds only true custom acrylic drum companies. The response has been overwhelming and 2015 is shaping up to be the most creative since the birth of the company in 2013. Some very cool kits and snares in the works. Make sure you keep your eyes and ears peeled for these crazy see through drums during the coming months.

 AD Custom show off Forecast Drums

Make sure you keep checking out social media sites for all the day by day going's on. We cant wait to show you what we have in store for the coming months. One love people.


New Kit for Newports Save Your Breath Carl-AD, 7th October 2014

A fresh new look with historic value.

 AD Custom Drums Support Save Your Breath < AD Drums show love to Newport band Save Your Breath

Earlier this year AD Drums met with Save Your Breath' s Owen Walters at the Slam Dunk Festival in Hatfield, where we offered to revamp his kit for the current Kids in Glass Houses tour, which kicked off in Dublin.

Having received the kit from his father just a few months prior to him passing away, it was clear how much the kit meant to Owen and why he just wanted to revamp it as opposed to requesting a new build.

Because of the history behind the kit AD decided to show everyone including Owen that this kit was going to come back to life and stand as a tribute to Owen and his amazing drumming capabilities.

All shells were veneered in sapele, which is a rich reddish brown wood, with a very subtle centre band of brown paint to add the modern yet classy feel. We also added new powder coated hardware and made sure we used all existing hole spacing and added new ones where needed so the shells were left as original as possible.

A slightly rounded over 45 degree bearing edge was added to all drums and waxed to give a smooth easy to tune feel around the kit - and new heads were added to finish the build.

When Owen collected his revamped kit a few weeks ago, he was blow away with how it looked more like a new custom build as opposed to a refinish and we cant wait to see him in action this Friday on the Liverpool leg of the tour!

Save your breath play full on and Owen is a beast to watch. KIGH are also a stellar band to boot, the indie pop rock scene won' t be the same without them. To supporting good friends, great music and loved ones where ever they happen to be!


AD Drums Introduces Forecast DrumsCarl-AD, 23rd September 2014

Sister company that specialises in custom acrylic snares & kits.

 Forecast Custom Acrylic Drums <Forecast Custom Acrylic Drums Exhibit at National Drum Fair

AD Drums is excited to announce our new sister company, Forecast Drums, will be exhibiting at the annual National Drum Fair this Weekend at Cocksmoor Leisure Centre in Birmingham.

As a collaborative project between AD Drums and JC Drums, Forecast is set to be the UK's leading custom acrylic drum manufacturer, with all kits and snares produced to a high spec in a range of colours and super cool designs.

Despite being in its infancy the new company has already collaborated with lug lock specialist, Tuner Fish, by creating a multicolored Jellybean kit to be used in the company's advertisements.

Aside from this, we have also been working hard to build a vast range of show stock for NDF, and fulfill all customer orders from the company's official launch at the first ever Manchester Drum Show in June this year.

Interested in high spec acrylic drums from vintage Bonham style to contemporary kits with an alternative edge? Then say hey to Forecast this Saturday for product demo's and exclusive show deals...The Storm is Coming!

For further information please see www.facebook.com/forecastdrums or email us at forecastdrums@gmail.co.uk Send Mail


New Site LaunchCarl-AD, 18th August 2014

We show off our new site with some cool features.

Custom drums news

Wow what a couple of months this has been, we have tried to pour our everything in to this site and hope it stays true to our style and beliefs in why we build the drums the way we do. As you can see it's been quite the facelift, new layout and style with many new features such as our mini ex demo store and easy to use quote form. Our galleries are packed with all the latest builds including all our press coverage where the big dogs tell us what they really think, so glad to say they love what they see. Make sure you keep checking back to the site and our social media pages too where you can find the most recent build updates.


REMO shows AD some love Carl-AD, 19th January 2014

Our heads of choice.

Remo and AD Drums

Hot off the press!! Very proud to be shown on the latest Remo literature. We have worked with Remo for many years now and will continue to do so, all our kits sport Remo Heads as standard. Our personal favorite is the coated Emperor, what's yours? www.remo.com


Retro Bass Drum DecalsCarl-AD, 22nd January 2013

Back to the golden years.

Retro Bass Drum Decals

Even though we have made our own head graphics and decals for our drums for years we thought we would revamp the offerings on the vintage bass drum crest, if you dont see one you like just ask and we can design a bespoke one no problem.


London Drum Show 2013Carl-AD, 19th January 2013

3rd year running.

Remo and AD Drums

Amazing Exhibition News Yet Again! That right people AD Drums will be exhibiting at the London Drum Show 2013. It will be our 3rd time so we we aim to out do all previous years with some killer items. There will be lots of deal price snare and kits on offer so make sure you get your tickets now. www.londondrumshow.com


Custom Sparkles With InlaysCarl-AD, 19th January 2011

Zebs are killing it.

Zildjian and AD Drums

Where does the time go, we seriously cant believe we are in our so called British summer. We have been busy putting together some great custom designs for our players. Make sure you check out Josh from The Zebedy Rays with his new blue moon sparkle kit with inlayed 2.3 hoops. Full images on the gallery pages.


AD in NAMMCarl-AD, 19th January 2011

California here we come!

Zildjian and AD Drums

Hope you all had a festive period, we spent it trying to relax but it never seems to work out that way. Plenty of exciting things to kick off the year with including a trip to NAMM in California. We have a few ideas up our sleeves for 2013 so make sure you keep watching this space. Updated gallery and movie pages. current updates on our Facebook page.


Zildjian & AD DrumsCarl-AD, 18th August 2010

Carl Haffield teams up with Zildjian! Get in! Enough said.

Zildjian and AD Drums

Carl Haffield teams up with Zildjian! Get in! Enough said.



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