I was extremely shocked and saddened this afternoon when I received the news that my friend and colleague Dennis Stauffer was involved in a fatal auto accident in North Carolina this morning.
Although Dennis and I had known and worked together for more than 10 years, we only occasionally spoke on the phone, but our most recent conversation took place just a few days ago—a lengthy after-business-hours chat that covered everything from industry gossip to our preparation for once again sharing a booth at this May’s Chicago Drum Show to his exciting plan to expand his business into new areas.
When I first met him at the Not So Modern Drummer Nashville Drum Show in 2000, Dennis was displaying his cocktail drum kits, along with a few Phattie drum kits. I was amused by his explanation of how he had come up with his company name. “Phattie D” happened to be the good-natured nickname given to him by his friends during his many-caloried college days in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Over the years, I looked forward to spending time with him at the various drum shows, particularly the last few years at the Chicago show, where we shared a booth and late-night project brainstorming sessions over Chinese food.
I had the pleasure of watching Dennis’ drum making skills evolve—from his creative method of spraying Ducco fade finishes using an old turntable to his exceptionally meticulous attention to fit and finish. Simply put, his craftsmanship was among the best. Dennis will be missed by so many, and the custom drum building community will not be the same without him.
My thoughts are with his wife, Brittney, and son, Roan.
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Customer Build: Our buddy Dennis Stauffer from staufferpercussion.com is featuring this great kit. Very interesting combo of the vintage and modern hardware utilizing great shells and some of the best craftsmanship you'll find in our world of custom drum making. All dressed in a custom wrap that DSH helped bring to life. Even includes a matching new build canister throne!
The sizes include a 10×13 rack tom, two 16×16 floor toms (Buddy Rich style), a 16×24 kick drum, a 6.5×14 snare with radio king lugs, and a 5×14 snare with tube lugs and solid-brass single flanged hoops.
BONUS SHOT: Here's an original Ludwig TH&C that we cought at the Chicago Vintage & Custom Show a few years back. PS: The 2011 show is coming up soon in May! DSH and Phattie/Stauffer will be there to share. Make your plans today!
Swedish DSH customer Niklas Kilenstam crafts his K-Drums in the style and specs of vintage kits. Here a nice example crafted using Drummaker.com parts 9×14, 16×16, 18×20, 14×26 and 6.5×14
Toms are 6-ply with 6-ply re-rings. Bass drum is 8-ply with 8-ply re-rings (usually he uses 6ply rings). Snare is 1-ply with 1-ply re-rings. DSH Black Satin Flame Wrap.
Vintage 1968 Slingerland Tom Mount. New Beavertails lugs all around and Beavertails Brackets for Floor Toms legs and Cymbal mount. These are the drums you hear on "Pack Up Your Memories!" by Swedish Mod-Rockers- The Men. Check out this kit and the Man himself in this very nicely made video!
Just wrapped this 16" floor tom shell for a local Nashville studio owner, using his custom choice of dark purple glass glitter. Edged and custom drilled the shell for his hardware of choice. Shots of the assembled drum to follow. Even had enough wrap left from the single full sheet for a snare project to come!
Just added 14" PureSound Custom Pro Wires, both Steel and Brass 20 strands Save big through this Friday 2/18 Midnight. If you've not seen these cool new wires, here's the lowdown.
The Custom Pro series of snare wires are the ultimate in ease-of-use. They're designed with Anti-choke end plates that significantly reduce annoying snare buzz and also allow the player to crank up their snare tension for a tight response without choking the drum. The Speed Release straps allow the player to disengage the snare wires without releasing the straps from the strainer or butt clamps, enabling quick and easy head or wire changes. The steel coil models produce a quick and crisp snare response.
I was lucky enough to give personal feedback to Mike R., the product designer, years back at the D.addario/Evans factory in NY… during a online retailers summit. Mark was actually drawing out his idea for me on a napkin at that point-classic! Nice to see it being used by drummers everywhere today.
Here's a video that we made at the Nashville NAMM show a while back as they were being debuted:
While we are on the PureSound kick – We also have a sweetheart deal on a 4 pc Evans +PureSound 14 inch Tune Up Kit. –
VERY LIMITED STOCK 67% OFF
INCLUDES qty one of the following:
e14ss300 Evans head – 14 in Hazy 300 Snare Side Bottom
psw1420cp Snare wires – PURE SOUND Custom Pro 14 in 20 strand
e14g1ct Evans head – 14 in G1 Coated
6533 Tuning Key- Evans – Magnetic Head Key
ALL for only $35.99 !!
OFFER ENDS THIS FRIDAY MIDNIGHT
Finally, We also added the monster 13" 30 strand SUPER 30 wires to the current sale
"This a a drum set that I built myself. I ordered RCI [AquaBomb] acrylic WHITE drumshells (thanks Andy from DrumMaker.com) the best you can buy handsdown, all the major drum makers use them. I stripped a DW pacific set of all its white powdercoated hardware. I then drilled all the lug holes to match the shells that I took them off of, which came out perfect. I installed LED rgb lights which can change to ANY color with my remote control. I also had all the stands powdercoated WHITE and added paiste alpha BLACK cymbals! I will post video of how they sound because its amazing. The sizes are 6×5.5, 8×6, 8×7, 10×7, 12×8,14×14,16×18, 20×18 kick,13×6 snare and 10×6 inch snare"
… and countless of drummers were born across the USA. Not to mention an obsession with Ludwig and BOP (Black Oyster Pearl)
The Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan show on three consecutive Sundays in February, 1964. Their first appearance on February 9 is considered a milestone in American pop culture and the beginning of the British Invasion in music. The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers, at the time a record for an American television program
From Matt : Hey everybody, here is a great chance to own one of my snares and help out the VH1 “Save the Music” foundation. You not only get the drum, but as you’ll see from the auction, you receive the drum signed by the band Ween (look them up if you don’t know them already!!!) and two VIP concert tickets to any show your wee heart desires. Go bid, good luck and tell all your drumming friends!