Ryan Buckley – Interview

SJC Custom Drums - White drums with wood hoops


Ryan Buckley



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How long have you been playing drums?

30 years

Who are some of your favorite drummers?

Neil Peart,Dave Weckl,Steve Gadd,Aaron Gillespie,Andrew “The Butcher” Mrotek,Nate Morton,Vinnie Calauita,John Bohnam,Travis Barker

What type of music do you play?

Alternative rock-Pop Punk

How many hours a week do you play drums?

10-12 hours….wish it was more!

Do you play in a band? If so, what band?

Yes….Third Degree

How often do you perform?

Weekly…Friday and Saturday nights

Who built your drums?

SJC Custom Drums

Do they have a website or Facebook Fanpage?


Why did you choose them to build your drums?

They have THE best customer service bar none! Through the process I have become friends with the whole Ciprari family and it is more of a friendship than a customer based kinda relationship!

What was your inspiration for the design?

The kit was actually a kit built for a Drum! Magazine review and I was able to purchase it after the article was complete. Currently thinking of new designs for my next kit and move my current kit to a practice only status.

What are the sizes of your drums?

18×24 Kick, 7.5×12 Rack, 14×16 16×18 Floors

What is the type of wood/material used for your drums?

Maple shells with a white birdseye finish

What do you love most about your drums?

I really love the tone i get with the wood hoops…they really make a difference….and the kick is a Cannon!!!!

What, if anything, would you change if you were to rebuild them again?

Not a thing….next kit will be same sizes just a new finish to change it up for me personally!

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your custom drums?

I have quite a few snares from SJC as well,seriously check these guys out if you havent already!!


4 random, custom SJC snares


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