middlecentre instruments is...
middlecentre instruments is the section of manufacturing and selling musical instruments in middlecentre Inc.
We manufacture and sell the drums made of Japanese woods which has unique structure.
Our products are made in Japan except metal hoops and snare wires.
All products of middlecentre instruments are hand-crafted in Senba-cho Sano-shi Tochigi-ken Japan placed middlecentre Inc.
There are many types of tree in Japanese islands.
middlecentre instruments is hand-crafting the drums used only Japan endemic spacies or Japanese wood.*1
We do from felling and sawn of raw woods*2 to product manufacturing.
We use the woods not been used as a timber in past, not only been used as a musical instrument material traditionally in Japan (e.g. Zelkova, Cherry blossom tree). We persue many types of sound by character of the woods.
Shell structure of middlecentre instruments are based block stave.*3
It has high rigidity by the shape left the polygon, unique reinforcement structure(e.g. Japanese paper etc.), thick shell*4.
Head sounds loudly by high rigidity shell in a stable, and difference of the sound by materials clearly.
- *1 : Also we manufacture drum accessories and shell of Japanese drum (SHIME-DAIKO, OKEDOU-DAIKO) at a special order.
- *2 : We also use sawn materials already in part.
- *3 : Hollow shells are also made as special model.
- *4 : Snares are medium (20 - 25mm), toms are medium-thin (15 - 20mm) are as standard thickness of the shells. Bass drums depend on the material.
We have been building this site under, but there are some troubles. And we have been updating here. So much sorry!!
Our update informations are published on Facebook Page now, please check it for a while.
It is new pages about our Kicks!
At first, we provide "Japanese Cypress Kicks" and "Japanese Cedar Kicks".
Japanese Cypress -HINOKI- Kicks are for Jazz and acoustic musics, Japanese Cedar -SUGI- Kicks are for HipHop and groove musics.
Also, detals are HERE.
We have published price list of Japanese Walnut -ONIGURUMI- snares. Vintage models are made from old Japanese Walnut that natural dried over 15 years.
Those prices are with standard woodhoops (Top:Japanese Live Ork / Bottom:Japanese Walnut).
- We uploaded trial played Japanese Walnut 12 * 5.75 snare by Itabashi Yoshinori in "free play". And also added the movie to Japanese Walnut snares page.
- Japanese Walnut -ONIGURUMI- snares are uploaded. And trial playing movie has been done together.
We opened bland-new Kick pages Kicks, Japanese Cypress model and Japanese Cedar model.
Also the movie that Japanese Cypress "Jazz kit" played by Sen Hiramatsu is published in Japanese Cypress model page. Must see it!
- We added Woodhoops page. Also its prices are published on Price List. The woodhoops that make various sounds, please Click! details first!
We change prices of our products by Yen depreciation.
Please check the Price list page.
- We published "帯 -Obi-" mute. Playing movie is released same time. You can see it Here.
We published "Mulberry 14 * 5 inch snare" now. Also playing movie of it has been uploaded.
Details are Here, you can see the playing movie at Here too.
- Playing movie of custom order model "Japanese Apricot & Japanese Live Ork 12 * 6.75 inch snare" has been up. Please check "Custom & Special models" page or "Trial movie+" page!
- Brand new "Custom order & Special models snare" page is published! Japanese Apricot & Japanese Live Ork 12 * 6.75 inch snare has been moved to this page.
Second edition of 15 * 2.5 inch piccolo snare, Kaki persimmon model's photos are published. Please click here!
And its price is here.
- Playing movie of Japanese Cypress 11 * 7.5, 13 * 9.5, 15 * 11.5 inch toms is uploaded. Please check it at Japanese Cypress toms page or Trial movies + page!!
- New plan of our snares was published on NEWS page. It is about the snare with wood hoops.
First movie of Japanese Cedar 15 * 2.5 inch piccolo snare has been uploaded.
Please check it on Japanese Cedar snares page and Trial movie + page!
We released out of commonsense piccolo snare that size is 15 * 2.5 inch! First model is Japanese Cedar.
Please see the News page about its future development.
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Trial movie pages are put together in "Trial Movies +" page.
You can see all models & accessories that recorded playing to try.
We published the movie that played Yuzu snare.
Wood materials of Yuzu snare are all Yuzu excluded part of woodhoop used Japanese Live Ork.
- We published price of Japanese Cedar toms and price of Mounts.
We published 15 * 11.5'' toms of Japanese Cypress and Japanese Cedar. Japanese Cypress tom is Here, Japanese Cedar tom is Here.
They are with floor tom reg mount both model.
Very very sorry!!!!!
Contact page in english site was not working for a while.
It is working since today, sorry!
- Charactaristics graph of each snare model is published on Snares page.
Prices of toms are decided.
Please check Price List page and each tom page Japanese Cypress, Cherry Blossom!
Yuzu snare page has been published!
Yuzu is extremely rare wood and first snare model of with wood hoop.
We uploaded the photos of 11*7.5 & 13*9.5'' toms that its shells are made of Japanese Cypress only.
And 13'' is mounted Floor tom reg mount.
Please see them at Japanese Cypress Toms page!
Special order 12*6.75 snare made of Japanese apricot & Japanese live ork was uploaded at Japanese Apricot snares page and Japanese Live Ork page.
It is pop snare in spite of middlecentre instruments by its red Japanese apricot and white Japanese live ork. Must see!
We added discription about woodhoop. Here!
Its prices etc. is not decided, but we are accepting orders. Please Contact Us.
Movie of playing Japanese Apricot 12 * 5.75'' snare with woodhoop by Japanese Apricot has been uploaded!
Click! "movie" button of this woodhoop model at Japanese Apricot snares page.
Toms & Floor toms are released now!
Sizes, parts, specification etc., it is truth height of middlecentre instruments. Outline is here, overall page is here. Actual models are only Japanese Cypress and Cherry Blossom Tree, but we will add it!
- Stock of Cherry blossom tree -SOMEIYOSHINO- is reduced, and there is no next arrival. We have changed "Regular" to "Semi-Regular" of it. Snares page
We publish the movie of middlecentre instruments' documentary & promotion that has been completed depends 2 months.
First movie is "Wood Work". It is recorded all processes from felling to finishing the shell.
The movie is in Promotion page.
- Gallery style of each product's photos have been changed.
We publish brand-new snare, 10 * 6.5 inch models made of Japanese Cypress and Ginkgo
. Japanese Cypress snare is here, Ginkgo snare is here.
- Please see About changing consumption taxand updated Price list. Prices increase at snares in JPY 2,000 - 10,000 from 1 April 2014.
Brand new About shell page.
There is our insane(?) philosophy to drum shell in!!
- Raw woods of Japanese walnut and Mountain cherry wood in stock. Details are News page!
New page "Price List".
There are snares' for now.
- We publish the movie of "Japanese Wood Hoop". But, Japanese Wood Hoop is not productizing. See as the trailer!
- Brand new "Movies of Drum accessories" is out. Only "Japanese Wood Beater" now.
- Re-open this English site formally! Its contents is almost the same as Japanese site. Enjoy this site if you like!!!
Zelkova 14 * 5'' snare is up at Zelkova -KEYAKI- snare page.
Movie is in preparation.