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Pearl Drums – The World’s Most Popular Drum Kits

Pearl drums have the first Japanese drum related brand to penetrate the US and UK. Pearl drums, manufactured by the Pearl Instrument Company, are the most widely used drum kits today. Katsumi Yanagisawa, the founder of Pearl, started his company in 1946 in Tokyo Japan. He did not start out by making Pearl drums and […]

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Mapex Drums

The Mapex brand was launched by the KHS Company in 1989. Mapex drums are manufactured by the KHS Musical Instrument Company, headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan. KHS is a major musical instruments manufacturer and has operations throughout the world. KHS was founded in Taiwan in 1930, but did not begin its Mapex operations until 1989. The […]

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Ludwig Drums – Pioneers of the American Drum Set

In 1964 Ringo Starr chose to play on a Ludwig drum set, greatly boosting the sales of Ludwig drums. The Ludwig company was established in America by two German-born brothers, the older William F. and the younger Theobald Ludwig. Before they started their Ludwig & Ludwig company in 1909, the brothers worked as precisionists and […]

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Leedy Drums

U.G. Leedy, the founder of the Leedy Drums company, is credited with inventing the snare drum stand. The Leedy Drums Company was started by Ulysses Grant Leedy in 1898. In the 1890’s U.G. Leedy started his career as a percussionist in Indianapolis, but his personal desire for better instruments led him to start making his […]

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Gretsch Drums

Gretsch drums are manufactured by the Gretsch company, which was started by Friedrich Gretsch who, in 1872, immigrated to the United States from Germany. Friedrich Gretsch started a musical instrument company in Brooklyn, New York, in 1883, but died only a few years later. His teenage son then took over the company in the 1890s. […]

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The Hi-Hat

The hi-hat is one of the central pieces of the modern drum kit. Much of its use is in keeping time and carrying the rhythm. The hi-hat is essential a pair of cymbals, mounted on a vertical rod, that can be made to come together or apart using a foot pedal. The two cymbals are […]

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DW Drums – Drum Workshop

Drum Workshop, or DW for short, is a leading American drum company. In 1972, 26 year old DW founder, Don Lombardi, started his business giving drum lessons at his teaching studio, which he appropriately named Drum Workshop, in Santa Monica, CA. He soon began offering drum sticks, books, and drums for sale from the Drum […]

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Snare Drum Rudiments

The snare drum rudiments are a standard set of exercises used to build drum technique and stick control. Drum rudiments were not specifically invented for the drum set, but are important to playing the individual drums from which the set is made and learning how to control the sticks. Also, some rudiments can be practiced […]

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Yamaha Drums – Drum Equipment from the World’s Largest Musical Instrument Manufacturer

Yamaha drums, are made by the famous Japanese Yamaha Corporation. Aside from drum equipment and other musical instruments, Yamaha also manufactures a wide variety of products, including motorcycles, computer hardware, and home entertainment electronics. The founder of the Yamaha Corporation began as an organ maker in 1887, and in 1889 he formed the Yamaha Organ […]

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Tama Drums – Innovation in Drumsets from Japan

Tama drums are made by the Hoshino Gakki Group. The Hoshino family owned a bookstore in Nagoya, Japan, and in 1908 started selling musical instruments out of the same store, including US made Slingerland and Ludwig drumsets and percussion. Tama Fact: Tama was the first to introduce boom cymbal stands and multi-clamps. In the mid […]

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