Parents often ask us who the major drum companies and drum manufacturers
are. We've made a list
of some of the more popular ones here. They're in no particular
order and this list was not intended to be a link database. Please
use your favorite search engine to locate address, phone or website
Pearl Drums - Pearl is one of the most popular drum
companies. They carry a full line of drumset, marching drums
and accessories. Pearl is currently the leading drum company
in the world.
2. Tama Drums - Full line of tama drumsets and drum
accessories. Tama is a close second in popularity.
3. Premier Drums - Based out of the UK. Drumsets,
Popular in Marching Percussion. Known for their slotted
4. Gretsch Drums - Older, respected drum company
known for their superb tonal quality.
5. Yamaha Drums - Full line of drums including drumset
and marching percussion. Yamaha started their drum line
in the mid 70's.
6. DW Drums (Drum Workshop) - DW Drums are known
for superb quality in construction and detail. First to
popularize individual shell tone and pitch matching.
8. Sonor Drums - German drum company. Legendary for
unique design, attention to detail and incredible tone.
9. Ludwig Drums - Who hasn't heard of Ludwig Drums?
This household name is still alive and kicking. Terrific
drumsets and marching drums. Big resale value in vintage
10. LP (Latin Percussion) - LP set the standard for
Latin percussion instruments. Known for high quality and
full line of Latin drums, percussion and accessories.
11. Taye Drums - A newer drum company known for quality
12. Slingerland Drums - Another legendary drum company.
Famous artist endorsements through the years have made vintage
Slingerland drums very valuable.
13. Remo Drums - Originally a drumhead manufacturer,
Remo came out with a "pressed paper" manufacturing
process for drum that took everyone by surprise. Although
they make drumsets, their kid's percussion line has really
taken first chair.
14. GMS Drums - High quality drums with lots of projection.
15. Ayotte Drums - High quality drumsets popular
with those that are extremely particular about their drum
sound. They also popularized wooden hoops.
16. Pacific Drums - A
division of DW drums. Not as high quality or customizable
as DW but more affordable.
17. Mapex Drums - An alternative to the others, Mapex
drums offer an affordable choice without sacrificing quality
18. Fibes Drums - Largely American made! A company
spanning 30 years with an emphasis on attack and dynamic
19. Premier Drums - Originating in London, England,
Premier drums have become known for their drumsets and marching
20. Orange County Drums (OCD) - More recently getting
noticed due to unique and colorful designs and popular artist
21. Brady Drums - This Australian company specializes
in handcrafted made from Western Australian hardwoods such
as Jarrah and Wandoo. Their claim to fame was the solid,
one piece drum carved directly from the same tree.
22. Noble and Cooley - Originally known for their
masterfully engineered snare drums. Customized designs with
maple shells. Very respected company in the industry.
23. RocketShells - Newer on the market. Slick looking
drums that sound terrific. Unique manufacturing process
utilizing carbon fiber.
24. Rogers Drums - Another legendary drum company.
More popular in the 70's, these drums have all but disappeared
from the scene.
25. Arbiter - Developed by pioneer Ivor Arbiter,
these innovative drums (Arbiter AT's and Arbiter Flats)
are tuned using one lug instead of 10. Apparently they still
carry a surprising amount of tone and resonance (less so
in the flats).
26. Monolith Drums - Another drum manufacturer, based
out of Canada, that specializes in carbon fiber drums.
27. Baltimore Drum - High quality drum company specializing
in custom orders. Very unique designs.
Drums - A few years back, Peavey got into the drum
picture. Their drums looked bulky and impractical. Surprisingly
they sounded great!
Drums - Snare drums, drum sets, hand painted finishes.
Arbiter Drums - Makers of the shell-less drums,
the Arbiter Flats. Traps drums came from the idea
these drum manufacturers produced.
Hohner Drums - Hohner now distributes Sonor Drums
and Drumsets. Hohner also is known for kid's percussion
Thumper Drums - Specializing in high quality custom
drumsets for the working drummer.
Zickos Drums - Drums and drumsets made from clear,
transparent, plexiglass shells and chrome hardware.
Sunlite Drums - Beginner to pro, entry-level drumsets.
35. Remo Drums
- Makers of hand drums, drumheads, and drumsets. Remo
is most known for their drum heads and kids percussion products.
HB Drums - Factory direct drums and percussion.
Lee Custom Drums - Drum shells, drum hardware, snare
drums, and custom drum building supplies.
Traps Drums - The newest maker of shell-less drumkits.
drums have a newer, unique design that allows the drums
to resonate better and have a deeper tone. Traps also makes
are Maryland Drums, Spaun, Zildjian, Allegro, Craviotto,
Dunnett, C&C, Kent, Camco, RMV, and Dixon. See DrumLinks.com
for more information.
you know other drum companies or drum manufacturers that
should be considered for this list, please let us know.
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