“My 5.5" Phantom is a great drum. We all grew up playing spun aluminum drums. This drum stands on the shoulders of the giants. It has a raspy, lovely honk at all tunings. It sounds as great wide open as it does muted. It's built to be abused at gigs with better hardware than was available on those great old drums. Taking that sound and improving the reliability, the Phantom is without question one of the most useful drums being made today.
“This drum feels very alive. It's incredibly sensitive, articulate and breathy. The rolls on it are incredibly smooth. I have owned/played a lot of aluminum over the years, and the combination of crack/low end/ sensitivity, and bite on this drum is really something special.
“I ordered my 6.5x14 Phantom on a whim after I saw the video of how the shell was made. It's hands down the best 6.5x14 snare I've played. It has a nice, warm, full tone with no harsh overtones.
“The Phantom 55 delivered everything I hoped for in a snare drum - sharp attack coupled with plenty of body and tone. I'm in love!
“Just played that Phantom 75 for the first time and all I can say is WOW. The fattest snare drum I’ve ever heard, and still wonderfully sensitive! I had high expectations, but even those were exceeded. I’ll be telling everyone who will listen about your awesome drums. Thank you!
“I can't get enough of my Phantom 65. Listeners in front of the kit tell me it sounds like hearing a well-engineered recording, but live. It's got a lot more complexity and character in its tone than most high-end snares I've played, and that tone comes through from the level of the gentlest buzz on through to chunky rimshots.
“Vukan is really onto something with these low mass, spun aluminum shells, and I truly believe he's building a following and community because of it. Oriollo is legit and is offering something that would normally cost twice as much when you look at the landscape of boutique instruments. It all seems too good to be true but it's not, props to Oriollo.
“I got mine about a month ago, and I must say, one of the best snare drums I have tried. I have some Yamahas, and some custom snares, Longo's, Dunnett, Antonio and others. The Oriollo Phantom is a world class instrument!
“Oriollo are what I would considered to be very a special musical instrument maker. The range of tuning with your drums just doesn't compare to very many other snare drums on the market today. This aluminum snare I purchased is one to keep, and is in my primary snare drum lineup. The spun shell and ten lug design along with the custom hoops is incredible in pitch from the low, too the high range frequency. The medium tuning is just amazing with minimal overtones. The snares used are incredible and I must say, the Ludwig Acrolyte of the Bonham era is hard to replicate, but your drum does it, and does it very well!
My next and last kit will be a spun aluminum four-piece kit by Oriollo. If someone is on the fence looking to make an investment of quality drums that are well built, sound great, and compare to the big boys, it's your drums by far.