Some nice, encouraging, words from drummer Dan Kuemmel

February 27, 2015
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.
Sincerely,
Dan Kuemmel
Drummer: Clem Snide/Eef Barzelay/Dietrich Gosser/Count This Penny/Others
Nowhere, WI”
Thank you Dan, Enjoy!

We Love our MILLTONE customers

January 13, 2015

We love our customers and are working very hard to prove it. Not only will be continuing the half price $150 eBay starting price, we have now lowered the Buy it Now price by $100 to just $299 including FREE Priority USPS shipping anywhere in the US and Flat rate international shipping. Nothing says love like lower prices, and we do love our customers. Enjoy!

Holidays are a time for giving so we are giving half off our eBay starting prices.

December 10, 2014

Now for a limited time all eBay MILLTONE listings will start at $150 with FREE Priority shipping anywhere in the US. Are you kidding me? Check it out for yourself here.

Happy Holidays!!

Thank You, and Stay tuned….

Joyful Holidays, Thank You, Happy New Year!

December 3, 2014

Hard to believe another year has past. We want to take this opportunity to thank you for all your custom MILLTONE drum orders with wonderful creative design ideas, and wish you the very best Holiday Season. Thank you and congratulations also to those who won their MILLTONE instruments on eBay. Enjoy! We will try to have instruments listed on our eBay store with FREE Priority shipping anywhere in the US and low rates for our international customers through the remainder of December. Rest assured if we sell out there will be more available next year. Santa keeps his Elf very busy.

Blessings and Peace,

Larry

Thank You, and Stay Tuned……

Still Time to custom order for Christmas or choose eBay for instant MILLTONE gratification

November 18, 2014

Check out eBay for last minute MILLTONE gifts. There is still some time to get your custom orders before the Holidays.

Hammered Gold

Hammered Gold

Hammered Whiute

Hammered White

Hammered Black

Hammered Black

Hammered White A=432 Hz.

Hammered White A=432 Hz.

Hammered Brown A=432 Hz.

Hammered Brown A=432 Hz.

Visit our eBay store - click here.

Thank you, and Stay Tuned….

MILLTONE Custom 8G Instrument heading to Virginia

October 11, 2014

This custom design is on its’ way to Virginia. Commissioned by Tiffany F. the Hammered Light Blue 8G instrument features her animal totems plus Pleiades constellation inside cut from Plum colored sign vinyl.

Custom Design MILLTONE

Custom Design MILLTONE

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

8G-HLBLU-1337

Bottle Nose Dolphins

Model 8G-HLBLU-1337

Custom Design Model 8G-HLBLU-1337

We enjoy bringing your ideas to life on one of a kind custom MILLTONE instruments. Order now for the Holidays.

Click here to visit the MILLTONE drums eBay Store.

Thank You, and Stay Tuned….

Custom MILLTONE Request from Canada

September 6, 2014

We greatly enjoy fulfilling custom design requests. Your ideas stimulate and sustain the grueling task of cutting steel and vinyl to make another unique MILLTONE instrument.  It is because of you we continue to make these beautiful sounding instruments.

This request comes from Reme Z of Canada. He will be ordering a custom Hammered White C7 soon as well as this 8G in Hammered Black. He asked for symbols that resonated with his personal life and so asked for the Aum, Moon, Water, Earth, Peace, Neptune, Pisces, and Sun symbols. As we continued the design process the Peace sign was changed to a Tiger since the year of the tiger is part of his personal profile. It takes about three to four weeks before a custom MILLTONE instrument is ready to ship. The first decision required is the color of the instrument, after that, construction can begin. Graphics do not need to be finalized for a couple weeks giving plenty of  time to tweak your ideas. We look forward to working with you to create that special, one of a kind, instrument that only you can create. So here is a look at some pictures of Rene’s custom MILLTONE Model 8G-HBLK-1325.

Model 8G-HBLK-1325

Model 8G-HBLK-1325

Gold Vinyl Graphic

Gold Vinyl Graphics

OM, AUM

OM, AUM

Thank you, and Stay Tuned…..

Jewish Home and Care Center Commissions two MILLTONE instruments for residents

June 30, 2014

The residents at the Jewish Home and Care Center will have two new MILLTONE instruments available for activities next month. These custom instruments were commissioned by Carol Lukaszewicz

 

Model 8G-HLBLU-1302

Model 8G-HLBLU-1302

8G-HLBLU-1302-5.6.16.14

Model 8G-HRD-1308

Model 8G-HRD-1308

 

We are very pleased to create these special instruments to add another experience to the good quality of life for these seniors at this outstanding facility.

Thank you, and Stay Tuned…

The week of the MILLTONE Sanskrit Chakras

April 18, 2014

This week we have listed several MILLTONE drums with Sanskrit Chakra symbols. Both C7 and 8G models are available.

Hammered Silver with Gray Chakras - Model 8G-HSLV-1288

Hammered Silver with Gray Chakras – Model 8G-HSLV-1288

Hammered Gold with Gold Chakras - Model 8G-HGLD-1286

Hammered Gold with Gold Chakras – Model 8G-HGLD-1286

Hammered Gray with Black Chakras - Model C7-HGRY-1287

Hammered Gray with Black Chakras – Model C7-HGRY-1287

 

We have demos posted on YouTube. Enjoy!

 

Here is a link to our eBay store.

Don’t see what you want? Send Larry your request = larry@milltonedrums.com

 

Thank you and Stay Tuned.

Matching Light Blue MILLTONE set C7 and 8G

April 2, 2014

Here is an opportunity to have a color matched set of MILLTONE instruments. The C7 A-432 Hz model C7-HLBLU-1277 and an 8G A=440 Hz. model 8G-HLBLU-1270. Both are finished in Hammered Light Blue with black vinyl MILLTONE logos. They can be customized with additional graphics if you make the request. Very different in musical character yet matching in color size and shape these are both wonderful instruments.

 

Model 8G-HLBLU-1270

Model 8G-HLBLU-1270

Model C7-HLBLU-1277

Model C7-HLBLU-1277

 

Here are the video demos, Enjoy!

Hear the 8G

Hear the C7

 

 

Both are currently available from our eBay store. This is a link that will open new window.

 

Thank you, and Stay Tuned…

 

 


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