"For drummers who demand Quality Craftsmanship, Innovative Designs, and above all... Superior Sound."
Spaun Drum Company is the brainchild of two men: Brian Spaun and David Pimentel who founded the company in 1996. In retrospect, their talents and interests seemed to dovetail almost perfectly into the skills needed to design and build a line of premium drums- Brian did drum repairs, refinishing, and customizing on the West Coast, while Dave was doing similar work in his hometown on the East Coast as well as working as a machinist. Both were also dedicated drummers who had a desire to build premium quality drums with innovative design features, extensive options, and incredible sonic characteristics. They met in Los Angeles at Musicians Institute where both were enrolled in the percussion program. Shortly thereafter, they formed a partnership, did design and prototype work, and by late 1996 were shipping their first kits.
Construction Philosophy - Hand Crafted not Machine Crafted
Building drums, specifically "custom drums", is more than just slapping together components and expecting them to suddenly "jump to life" when complete. Anyone can throw cheap aftermarket parts on a shell and say "I'm a drum company!" If someone dumped all the parts to make a car on your front lawn, could you make a great car? Of course not!! Maybe you could get it together and drive it a few blocks, but it's not going to equal the quality and performance of a Maserati. It's not simply the raw materials that make the final product. It's the way in which those raw materials are shaped, formed and crafted by human hands.
At Spaun Drum Company we've designed our components with a "sonic purpose" from the beginning. Our proprietary "SBR" Solid Brass Resonator Lug and innovative Double 45 Degree Bearing Edges (copied by many companies, but never equaled) are just a couple examples of our designs with a "sonic purpose" which are seriously lacking in many custom drums.
Today's drums being manufactured by the "corporate giants" are rarely touched by human hands. They have computerized machinery that handles virtually every step necessary to create a drum from beginning through completion. That's great for speed, reducing man-hours, and fattening profits... but at what cost? At Spaun Drum Company, we believe the continuous handling of each drum is an integral part of it's final sound. EVERY STEP OF THE WAY, THERE IS A HEART AND SOUL, AN ENERGY, THAT IS CRAFTED INTO EACH SPAUN DRUM.