Sakae Drums


Shell Kits
About Sakae Drums

From humble beginnings almost a century ago in 1925, SAKAE has established new standards of excellence and uncompromised quality in the craft of drum making. Building on this legacy, SAKAE was reborn in 2019 as SAKAE OSAKA HERITAGE, keeping the same highest quality standards and philosophy, along with the key personnel and elements that made Sakae so esteemed in the world of drum making for so many years.

SAKAE’s philosophy is simple in conception yet incredibly difficult to achieve – create the best possible sounding drums. The drum creation process has even been described by Shun Tsuji (one of the leading artisans at at producer of SAKAE), as “sonic sculpting”. What makes SAKAE unique is that, as serious musicians know, the sound of the drum is not only evaluated on its own, but also how it performs with other instruments and in a variety of sound environments.

In order to achieve the ideal sound, hundreds of designs with different combinations of shell thickness, depth, materials and shapes are meticulously tested and evaluated. The aim is to find a level of finesse and attention to detail in the sound that can only be achieved by a deep knowledge of the instruments, long years of experience and outstanding skill.

In this drive to perfection, nothing is left to chance. Even obscure factors such as sound direction, overtone filtering and transmission of vibrations are considered when sculpting to achieve the precise and sublime tone balance.


In most cases, No. CMI is a wholesaler, we distribute our products to retailers around Australia. Please visit the home page or brand pages to find an authorised retailer near you. Bulk orders or commercial application products may be an exception, please contact us to discuss.

We do however have an online-only store front for the sale of B-stock, superceded product lines and ex-demo stock here

If you’d like to find the closest dealer to your location try our Find a Dealer search engine. There you can select your desired brand and you will be directed via Google Maps where to go.

For extended warranty registrations you will need to submit your application through the Warranty Registration page form.

If you have purchased a product that is presenting issues or is not working as expected, your first point of contact should be the store where you purchased the product, if they cannot help you the retailer will be in touch with us for further support or replacing of the product.