Natal Drums are truly a beautiful instrument to play. Here’s why they’re my choice.
AS YOU MAY ALREADY KNOW THE MARSHALL NAME IS SYNONYMOUS WITH GUITAR AMPLIFICATION. WHAT YOU WILL PROBABLY NOT KNOW IS THAT THE FOUNDER OF MARSHALL AMPLIFICATION, JIM MARSHALL OBE, WAS IN FACT A DRUMMER AND A DRUM TEACHER. JIM WAS AS PASSIONATE ABOUT DRUMS AS HE WAS ABOUT AMPS.
The Natal design team have produced a stunning range of drums, snare drums and hardware. Every part and component is designed from the ground up, with specific instruction from Jim that those parts and components should be non-generic. Jim believed that Natal drums and hardware should not only be innovative but they should also have an integrity that, like Marshall Amps, will stand the test of time.
Natal Stave and Hand Hammered snare drums were particularly close to Jim’s heart because they are built at the Marshall factory in Milton Keynes, England. To bring drum manufacturing back to Britain when so much is produced abroad is an achievement of which Jim was particularly proud.
On this website you will see the craftsmanship that has gone into Natal drums and hardware at every stage, from conception to design, through to construction and finishing. It is this passion for excellence that has made Marshall Amplification what it is today, a world leader, and it is that same passion that will, undoubtedly, do the same for Natal tomorrow.
Original Series – Birch
WHETHER ON STAGE OR IN THE STUDIO THE BIRCH SERIES PROVIDES WORKHORSE VERSATILITY WITH UNQUESTIONABLE THOROUGHBRED PERFORMANCE.
Birch, a hardwood, gives a full bodied sound as its tight grain structure produces plenty of low-mid punch. Birch, although more resonant in the top end than Ash, still has plenty of attack while maintaining a ‘mid-scooped’ tone, a quality favoured by studio engineers and recording artists.
Birch shells are 7 ply and are available in 7 beautiful high gloss lacquer finishes.
I was approached by Natal Guru, Craig Glover as early as 2009 when Natal was still a top secret project. Craig and I have been friends since c.2000 and we had always hoped that one day we would find a way to work together. I was delighted when he offered me the chance to play Natal.
He [Craig Glover] invited me to help launch the brand at the 2011 NAMM show in California. The kits were the talk of the show!
The instruments are extremely responsive and each and every note is pure. Ascetically the drums are beautiful. The finishing is truly world class! It really doesn’t matter what the musical situation, the kit responses beautifully every time I play it.
I would thoroughly recommend that you investigate Natal Drums. They are wonderful, the people are wonderful and the company is wonderful too!