Hand Crafted Drums by a Drum Luthier

Transnare is a revolutionary design and sonic concept for the most important drum in the kit. Transnare's design allows the player to transform the drum into distinct timbres by replacing solid wood shell inserts with different native and exotic woods. The videos below explain this concept and shows you how I hot iron bend the wooden inserts.

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Michael Carlito



 Each Transnare Drum is a custom commission based on the individual player’s preferences and stylistic specializations. Meticulous care and attention to detail is incorporated into each luthier build for both live and studio applications.

Michael Carlito’s passion and commitment to design, aesthetics, sound and functionality of a TranSnare Drum begins with a selection of fine quality woods. The drum’s unique timbre is then optimized
by its original (OEM) hardware components.


"At Transnare Drum, we specialize in creating one-of-a-kind instruments that are tailored to the specific preferences of each customer. In consultation with the owner, we incorporate design features and embellishments that reflect their personal style. Using a range of luthier and modern machining technique, we apply the Transnare concept of interchangeable wooden panel inserts to create a drum that is truly unique."

The precess of building a Transnare drum takes four to six months, from custom design to finished product. Our drums are priced depending on the dimensions of the drum, the wood species selected, custom machining and setup (if required), design embellishments (engraving, relief, non-wood materials, etc.), hardware selection (custom OEM or commercial), and custom finishes applied. Shipping and handling are also included in the price.

If you're interested in discussing a custom Transnare build, please don't hesitate to contact us at info@transnaredrum.com


Hard Rock Maple


14 x 6-1/2

Hard Rock Maple wooden panel inserts with custom mandolin inlay