I am not a company. I am someone who is constantly looking to improve on my work and enjoys making things by hand. There’s no corporate slogan, or BS marketing team, or pages of phony endorsements. I just want the products to speak for themselves. There’s way too much “endorsing” of things. Real quality, while making a comeback, is usually short-lived until it is scooped by a larger entity that then strips things down to allow them to yield the greatest profit at the expense of making a good product. My goal is to slowly and consistently make better products. So far, I’ve achieved that goal. There are now well over 5,000 pairs of my timpani mallets out in the world being used by professionals and students.
Initially, I made bamboo mallets for myself during high school days, hunting down bamboo at floral shops and landscaping supply companies during the Summer time in my childhood home of South Florida. Eventually I started making mallets for friends and teachers over the years. While studying at Carnegie Mellon I found it difficult to get mallets that matched what my teacher, Timothy Adams, had in his stick case. These were given to him by Mr. Cloyd Duff. The mallets my classmates and I were getting from Adams(Holland/Smith) were totally different, utilizing knotless bamboo and the quality, weight, and consistency varied wildly from pair to pair so we'd never know what to expect. I slowly (very slowly) experimented with making my own whenever I'd go back home to Florida during the summer time when not attending music festivals.
Thinking back now I believe my years as an usher at Heinz Hall were invaluable in helping me understanding how different mallets affected the sound of the drums as well as the ensemble. Over four years working there I saw the Pittsburgh Symphony play over 400 concerts, in addition to rehearsals. Tim was always very generous with his time and was constantly experimenting with different mallets from concert to concert. This really helped get my brain thinking more about mallet options, but wasn't something I would explore until years later when I actually had more time and space to work.
The amount of mallets I produce has steadily risen over the past twenty years and I'm doing my best to keep up with demand. I didn't set out to start a company and don’t plan on becoming one. I am genuinely interested in making things, it just took me a long time to realize this. I enjoy making highest quality products I possibly can and I hope they help others achieve their goals both musically and professionally.