Alan van Kleef is a drum builder who works with Sheffield stainless steel as the primary material for his lugs, hoops and tension rods*. He produces drums that are as unique in appearance as they are in sound.

Van Kleef is a musician-turned-drum builder. His career started in the 90's, drumming live to Drum & Bass DJ's at various events, then for the next several years, running his own recording studio in London. From his current Sheffield home workshop (where he's resided since 2010), Van Kleef crafts custom snare drums and full kits from materials such as stainless steel, aluminium, copper, titanium and ply shells with a wide range of veneer finishes.

The sound is so distinctive that Van Kleef Custom Drums have become 'must-have' drums in the arsenals of influential artists including Steve White, Thomas Lang, Matt Chamberlain and many, many more.

Below are a selection of the main snares available in shops. Check out the dealers page to find local VK's. Pop over to the gallery to view some one-off creations. If you don't find the drum with the specs you want, we can make it for you. Email us at

Van Kleef Custom Drums
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