TRS Custom Drums

Engineering Drumming Since 1985
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Crafting Inspiration – Since 1985
The Rhythm Section / TRS Custom Drums, is a complete True Custom Drum manufacturing facility, as well as a Complete Vintage Drum Restoration shop, operating for over 30 years. We are the specialized drum service centre for Yamaha, Pearl, Sonor, Premier, Ludwig, and Gretsch drums in Canada.

We are full-time drum Craftsmen, Artisans, and Professional Drummers, with a varied track record of albums, tech gigs, sound gigs, and working with some of the best names in the business. We work extremely hard to handcraft and/or restore the kit of your dreams.

Go where the pro’s go!

Canada’s Longest Running Drum Builder

Our Process

“The drum kit must inspire one to play and improve and develop!” – Seppo Salminen

Our passion is to design a timeless and professional drum that performs as desired in all playing situations. A handcraft drum kit and/or snare drum that not only looks great, and sounds awesome, but gives the drummer a great sense of pride. To design a drum that will respond truthfully to the characteristic of the drum head, and allow a wide and deep tuning range proportional to the drum’s size, bearing edge type, and hardware.

Our own line of TRS Custom Drums are totally custom handcrafted in a non-assembly line fashion. TRS Custom Drums are made for you… from the shells up, your way!  You pick your shells, sizes, depths, finish, hardware, hoops, mounting system, heads, washers, etc…


It all starts with the shells. TRS Custom Drums offers four shell types and a variety of styles;

  • Savant Series – Classic 100% Maple shells in 8 or 10 ply as standard. Includes Custom Veneers, Custom Wraps, and Beautiful Hand Laid Inlays.
  • Vintage Series – Classic 100% Maple shells in 6 ply as standard.  Vintage Round over Edges, Vintage Spurs, Rail Consolette, Interior Paint Sealer, and Stick Saver Hoops.
  • Custom Craft Series – Our own Exclusive Vertical Grain Maple Exterior, Vertical Grain Mahogany Interior – 9 and 12 ply.  Top Sound Ring with 4 Custom edges per kit!  That’s our pre-eq’d shell.
  • Elite Series – Our own Mahogany / Poplar shells with Maple re-rings.  Vintage and warm, aka those sweet old Radio Kings of yesteryear.
  • Exotic Series – Exotic woods and veneers either over the Classic Maple or Custom Craft shells, or complete 100% Exotic Steam Bent – Stave – or Block Shells.

These shells have been hand selected for their tonal qualities and visual appeal. You can choose from 5, 6, 8 or 10 ply shells, with or without Maple reinforcement rings. If you are unsure of what you want and why, we’ve developed our own specs for a completely awesome sounding kit. 


The quality of our finishes is only matched by the quality of our shells, from high-gloss lacquers, satin stains, elegant inlays, and everything in between. Every drum is hand-sanded and finished by our professional drum-smiths to give you that beautiful look and feel that’s completely original.


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Bearing Edges

Probably one of the most important aspects of a drum’s tone. Hand cut and sanded, our bearing edges are crafted to transform and bring the best tones out of the drum… Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus.

Quality Control

After fine-tuning, testing, and assembling the components, a careful and tedious quality control process is performed. TRS Custom Drum specs have been designed to provide you with the best combination of tone, attack, warmth, and sustain. These have been tried and tested by some of the best players in the business. We’ve listened and learned from our players, and have tried just about everything and every possible combination of shells, parts, finishes, and heads. Our drums must meet our highest standards before we send out the finished product to its final destination – you!

Custom Exotic Drums and Snares

Refinishing Services

Vintage Drum Rebuilds and Restoration

Custom Design, Lacquers and Sparkles

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Our Partners

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Featured Artists

Renee Couture

The Standstill (TRS – Studio Series)

Charlie Watts

AC/DC (Sonor SQ2 – Ebony Macassar)

Our Community

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At TRS Custom Drums…
We’re Builders, We’re Collectors, We’re Historians, We’re Drummers, We’re Woodworkers, We’re Restorers, and… We’re the Professionals Choice


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Newmarket, Ont. Canada


Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Studio hours may vary