Dan ordered a matching set of custom MILLTONE drums. After receiving his custom Hammered Gold 8G and C7 instruments he wrote this message. I am very pleased to share it with you with his permission. It has encouraged me to continue making these instruments and may encourage you to try one for yourself. Also take some time and check out the artists he works with as well as his unique drumming style. Refreshing….
“Larry – Dude…these drums are awesome. I have to start with one and get to know it. It takes a long time. So, I’m starting with the 8G tuning and it’s exactly what I wanted. I have played both but I need to understand different combinations of movements and that means start with one drum and keep playing it until you understand the technique and quirks of each drum. Understanding a drum can take years. I see so many possibilities with these Milltone drums.
Originally I wanted a wooden tongue or “slit” drum. However, I had a hunch (being a professional drummer for 25 of my 37 years) that a metal version would provide more volume, resonance, and a more “true” tuning. It would also hold up longer on the road and be less bulky (at least yours would). I looked at a lot of the others versions on the market and it was an easy decision to go with Milltone.
When I approached you I knew that I didn’t want a panArt drum that is so expensive and bulky that I couldn’t use it. I didn’t want other models that were double sided or lacked resonance. The bottom of the drum sounds amazing and allows for a lot of freedom to create interesting sounds some other models don’t. I loved the design, the font/design of your logo, and the resonance of your drums. I mean, I could tell it was the most resonant model from a youtube clip. It stood out in comparison with your competition. Your drums had *style* and sang all the same.
The Milltone drums sound amazing with superball mallets. The true resonance stands out and the tones are truer and more resonant. You can get double stroke rolls with the mallets and not damage the drums. With my hands I can hit the side of the drum with my hand for backbeats and get tones that just about match the tongues based on where I hit it. This means I can create a Cuban son, a drum n’ bass, dubstep, calypso, or rock beat with one hand and create a melody with the other. Playing the bottom of the drum between my legs (as loose as possible as not to choke tonalities) sounds great as well. The key word with Milltone is RESONANCE and the sound hole being on the top of the drum (as opposed to some of your competition) is genius. I also play those old national resonator guitars you might be familiar with as part of the Delta Blues tradition down near your home on the Tennessee/Mississippi border. That concept of resonance and volume in National guitars derives from the metal/nickel coated body and the cone allowing the sound to bounce around and come through the top or face of the guitar. Before amplification, it provided unrivaled volume and resonance. You won’t get that same sound with the sound hole on the bottom of a slit/metal hand pan.
I couldn’t be happier with these drums. I’m finishing my first solo record and this was exactly what I needed to provide more melody from a percussion instrument. I’m scoring a couple more movies this year and hope to use my Milltone drums on those as well.
Thank you. People who build things with their hands are under appreciated these days. It’s a lost art. I didn’t want stickers on the tongues because the beauty of your drums stand out on their own. I also appreciate all the work and artistry that goes into making this.
I don’t want a thing from you. I’m just really grateful that you built me an amazing instrument. If anyone is ever on the fence about purchasing a drum from you feel free to give them my contact information. I’ll gladly provide audio samples and explain why this is the best model. I will comb your beard…pick the food out of it…give you a big high five should we ever meet.
Drummer: Clem Snide/Eef Barzelay/Dietrich Gosser/Count This Penny/Others
Thank you Dan, Enjoy!