People love the finish on my drums and they love the sound.
Having a custom made kit allows you to chose the sizes, the finish and holders that you want. You can not get this from an off the shelf kit. It is like having a suit made at Saville Row or buying one at Burtons!
My new hand made shells are made in the traditional way from Birch ply with solid Maple glue rings which gives the drum a lot of attack. The outside is finished with Maple veneer or indeed any wood of your choice e.g. English Oak, French Walnut, American Ash, Mahogany etc.
The shells are tuned and selected for each individual drummer and the sound that they are striving for eg. A rock player normally likes a deep sound with sustain. So I select shells with a deep tone. A jazz drummer would usually prefer a higher sound with a lot of attack and a crisp sound, especially the snare drum, the bass drum having an open sound. There are many options available. The choice is yours !
Quote from Russell Morgan, drum teacher and session drummer. I made him a kit in 1985 and he had it for 5 years. He sold it reluctantly to a friend who kept on to him to sell it and bought a Yamaha kit. Sold that and bought a Pearl Kit, sold it bought a Gretsch. Sold it bought a Ludwig, sold it, bought a Sonar. He rung me in January 2006 and said ” I have tried every make of kit but cannot get the same sound as i achieved with your drums!”. I have since made him a new Eddie Ryan kit comprising of 22×15 Bass Drum, 14×10, 12×8 and 10×7 Tom Toms. I am in the process at the moment of making a 13×6 Snare Drum. He keeps ringing me up saying “how marvellous they sound and record”.
Reproduction Ajax kit
Recently I was asked to make a reproduction Ajax kit i.e. made in the traditional Ajax way. The result was a 18 x 14 Bass Drum, 14 x 14 & 12 x 8 Tom Toms and a 14 x 4 Pipper Snare. Here is the result!
Double Bass Drum – Separate Chambers
Reproduction of a 1960’s double bass drum with separate chambers and calf heads for that original sound.
Contact me to discuss pricing – you may be surprised!
A 22″ bass drum hoop made of maple ply or 20″ Bass drum hoop mad of maple ply.
16 inch , 18 inch, 20 inch 22 inch 24 inch and 26 inch available.
Die-cast 14″, 10 lug.
Eight lug, 14″ x 4″ snare drum, made in the traditional way, with selected straight grain birch ply, with solid maple glue rings.
Finished with A1 grade maple veneer or any other colour of your choice ie.pearls, sparkles etc.
Fitted with er custom damper, supplied with calf batter head for that authentic fifties ‘rock and roll’ sound
14″ x 6″ snare drum
Solid maple shell 6mm, made in the traditional way, with solid maple glue rings.
14 x 6 snareten lug die-cast hoops, ER custom damper’
Hand Made Rope Tension Drums
All sizes made
Pictures show 16″ x 16″ snare drum made from mahogany with solid ash glue rings.
Solid ash counter hoops, gut snares, leather braces, modern snare release, fitted with calf heads. Choice of finishes.
14″ x 8″ Custom Designed Snare Drum
Made from birch and mahogany with a maple rosewood finish. 10 lug die-cast hoops, ER custom damper.
Hand Made Eddie Ryan Custom Big Band Kit
22″ X 15″ Bass Drum
13″ X 9″ Tom Tom
16″ X 16″ Tom Tom
14″ X 14″ Tom Tom ,
14″ X 6 1/2″ Snare Drum, With Die-Cast Hoops.
Made with eddie ryan traditional shells, birch and mahogany combination, finished in gene krupa marine pearl.
To hear the sound please click on the following link to Ian Young, drummer (Ian James Big Band).
Ian Ryan, Son Of Eddie Ryan
Semi-pro drummer toured the U.S.
Plays with a country blues rock irish band ( available for gigs ! ).
Price £0.00 (!)
A top drummer, rubbish golfer!
Pick Withers – Dire Straits
Mike Ellis playing my black and white kit used by Paul MacCartney.
Eddie Edwards – The Vibrators. Yellow / Blue kit.
10×8 and 12×9
Converted Leedy Kit. 16×16 Bass Drum, 13×12, 12×8, & 10×8 Tom Toms
Picking up his new E.R. Custom Kit. 24×16 bass Drum, 2 16×16 Toms (different Pitch) and 13×9 Tom Tom
Teaching my Grandson the ropes
Choice of lugs
Birch Shell, Ash Glue Rings. Bronze finish and tear drop lugs
Another E.R. Custom Kit for Roberto Cavedon (Italy). 12×8, 13×9, 16×16, 22×15, 14×12
Customised and re-lacquered Gretsch kit which was made up of every size drum that Gretsch made. Finished it in rosewood lacquer.
I thought it was high time I sent you a picture of my gold ER kit, with the 16″ kick, 10 and 13″ toms. I’ve been using this for some recording – very simple, Stax-style with one mic – and it sounds great and ideal for the old soul music we’re playing. The bass drum is very punchy but also has tons of low-end so makes for a real thumping sound.
Everyone loves these drums, even my missus – who doesn’t mind having 3 drum kits in the house because they look so stylish.
These are my jazz drums. Returned to jazz in the last three years after
two decades of rock and all its variations and sub genres.
Been playing sporadic gigs around London and two jazz jam residencies.
Looking to get in a big band soon.
I’m using the jazz kit with either the 18″ or the 20″ bass drum. Mainly
use the 18″ x 14″ with calf skin heads on both sides, but when I play with
bigger ensembles in larger rooms its the 20″ x 14″ – also with two calf
skin heads to get a full and natural sound where the wood can boom without
“Eddie Ryan drums when new, somehow sound like they have been broken in
years ago. Whatever the wood chosen, he has his special gift for making a
drum that feels solid and sounds pure. In 50 years I can’t imagine how
they will sound, but these custom drums are what is going to be sought
after most along with 1950’s era Gretschs.”
“Thanks again Eddie for making me my vision, and of course in my view, the
drums I always dreamed of owning.”
Eddie, I will send a seperate email regarding the 22″ kit.
After 26 years of playing the drums as a professional and as a drum teacher, I had owned and played some of the most prestigious drum kits ever made by Gretsch, Ludwig, Camco, DW, Sonor, Yamaha, Premier and Tama, all were very good, but I still wanted more!
In 2010 had the good fortune of becoming the owner of an Eddie Ryan custom drum kit, made from birch and mahogany shells with a maple veneer and a rosewood lacquer finish. Without any doubt I find the Eddie Ryan drums are the best I have ever played. This is due to their well defined strength of tone, fully balanced resonance and exceptionally sensitive dynamic response, creating maximum musicality in both live and studio situations, in all genres of music.
Professional drummer and educator
Chris Joyce – Simply Red
Kit I made for him back in the 80’s and he is still using it today!
Just got back from a sell out tour with Flesh for Lulu supporting Goo Goo Dolls.
The Kit was fantastic. I recorded it for our new single “go get naked” this weekend and the kit was awesome.
Here’s a pic from Hammersmith Apollo.
Any rate all is cool and hope you are well and speak soon.
The first drum I had from Eddie was a 61/2″ snare drum which I believe had been made for someone else but he didn’t want it afterwards. His loss, my gain.
The photo with me in was taken in a small Rhondda Valley club back in the 80s and shows the first full kit made for me. Sizes were 22,12,13,14,16 plus the original snare drum.
I used this kit for quite a while mainly for larger venues including being in the house band of a large local cabaret club where we worked with acts as diverse as Bobby Davro, Jimmy Tarbuck, Kenny Lynch and Keith Harris with Orville the Duck. Lots of the stars of the TV show The Comedians also appeared with us.
We also worked alongside loads of the 60s groups that I had grown up with. They of course had their own drummers. One of them had the only other ER kit that I came across at that time.
I eventually sold the 22,14,16 drums to a great local drummer who I believe still has them. I still think that bass drum has an incredible sound.
The 20 kit, which I still have, is the one I played most through the ninetys for all sorts of gigs. It is such a nice kit to play – powerful, yet subtle when needed and tonally wonderful.
I kept the 12 and 13 toms to go with this setup and added a 14 floor tom. The cymbals shown are the ones I normally use with this kit – Istanbuls (pre split early 1980s – beautiful).
The jazz kit has an 18 inch bass and I use 10 and 13 inch toms with it. The photo shows it with a 70s Ludwig Supraphonic snare but I often use the 61/2″ ER snare with it. Great kit for jazz but I also use it for small club gigs whatever the music may be. I normally use smaller and lighter Zildjians (K, K&A custom and A.Kildjian &Cie) with this kit.
This kit was used extensively from the mid 90s until 2004 when I found it difficult to play after suffering a stroke.
Thank God, I’m back to it now. Getting back to playing again was very important to me.
One of my vocalist friends tells me that I couldn’t play before so not to worry about it. I tell him that I’ll only worry when I play as bad as he sings
Here ‘a a pic of my 1978 kit , as re -covered by you a few years ago : still sounds and looks great !
International Professional Drummer with his newDave Tosh ER Custom Kit 20 x 14 BD, 14 x14 Floor TT, 12 x 8 , 10 x 8 rack toms, 14 x 5.5 snare.
Spitalfields Tea Dance 2014
First outing at the Waldorf Hotel.
Semi pro rock and roll drummer with his new ER custom kit 20 x 14, 14 x14, 13 x 9, 12 x8, 14 x 4.5
Elvis Presley Tribute Band
We hope all is well with you, your Guinness and rich tea biscuits.
Just thought that you would like to know that your 1986 red maple kit is still being worked very hard by Freddy in an Elvis Presley tribute band.
Wishing you all the best.
Freddy and Yvonne. x
Big band drummer, with a new ER kit.
Drum sizes are 20 x 15 bass, 13 x 9 , 14 x 14 , 16 x 16 in black glass glitter.
He also has a 14 x 5 1/2 ER snare drum.
This is a Jazzette Kit. 18 x 12 BD, 12 x 8 and 14 x 14 tom toms.
Clark, my Grandson’s, kit.
Playing with the well known rock and roll band The Midnights.
Drum sizes, 22 x 14 BD, 12 x 8 and 16 x 16 tom tom, 14 x 4 1/2 snare.
18 x12 BD, 12 x 8 and 14 x 14 TT
Also, when I saw you you showed me your 50’s type snare drums (4” I think).Great sound !
This is a photo of me recording at 2 fly studios in Sheffield. The sound guy said he’d recorded a Tama reference kit the week before and it wasn’t close to yours. The kit is brilliant thanks so much. The band is going great also doing some session work always proud to display your logo.
Concert Bass Drum
This is a 22 x 22 Baritone Rope Tension Calf Heads Concert Bass Drum, especially commissioned.
Eddie Ryan Gig Kit
A small Eddie Ryan kit which served me well over many years on various gigs. Built May 1991.
Rab – UK Subs 1986
Completely reconditioned 1957/58 Ajax kit
I think this one was built for a special endorsee, the bass drum is 20 x 15 the standard ones were usually 20 x 14. Toms are 16 x16 and 12×8.
Fantastic sound, the best European drums ever made.
Please contact Eddie if you are interested in acquiring it.
Repro Ajax Badges available
Cutting timber for shells
Cutting 45 degree bearing edge
Putting ash into steam box for glue rings and hoops
Routing out inlay groove
Cutting covering for drums
Flatening bearing edges
Checking bearing edges on marble