Custom Drum Companies You Should Be Watching
1. A&F Drum Co
If you haven’t heard of A&F Drum Co, you must not be paying attention. “Simple Design, Practical Application, Brilliant Sound…these are the pillars that Antoun & Family Drum Co. (A&F) is built upon.” The genius behind A&F Drum Co is that they draw from the rich history of drum building and manufacturing to further explore and innovate ideas that big box drum makers have overlooked, either due to cost constraints, or because of the perceived lack of market demand. Ramy will not stop until he has perfected all things drums. A&F is changing the way drum manufacturers think about their products; it’s no longer acceptable to make small incremental improvements on drum designs, you have to completely change the game, and that’s exactly what A&F is doing.
Bill Cardwell is a custom drum building legend. He and his son Jake create some of the most classy looking custom drums on the market. Bill started making drums in a 6×12″ room in the back of his drum and guitar retail store about 20 years ago. Their journey has been long and difficult, but they are now one of the most trusted and revered names in the drum industry.
These guys developed the Corian-Granite snare drum. I have never heard a granite snare, but I have to give them props for doing something completely different from most “custom” drum companies.
One of the most innovative custom drum companies out there. Known for their “Butcher Hoops”. Owned by two brothers that are 25 and 23 years old.
Great looking drums, Hybrid drum sets blow my mind.
They have some pretty sweet drums, and a LIFETIME warranty on their drums. Their Glo Kit is one of my favorites.
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Don't forget Epiarch and Emperor
three other good companies are uDrum, Defacto Drums and Fat Cat Custom Drums all based in Ontario, Canada
Anchor Drums is making some seriously classy looking stuff! I would love to snag one of their kits!
I am looking for cheap drum shells to begin experimenting making my own custom drums. Is there a company other than Keller that makes these for a cheaper price? Thanks so much.
Don’t forget Response Drums, RCI, Thumper and 7877 drums.
Masters of Maple all the way!
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