One of the first shops I visited when I started working with Noble & Cooley was SoundPure in Raleigh, NC. Those of you who have ordered through there know that Barry is extremely well versed in everything drum related and is particularly knowledgeable about drum construction. He knew so much more about Noble & Cooley products than I did that it was downright embarrassing and made me realize I needed to get better educated.
As musicians, we spend an incredible amount of time with our instruments. They are our primary means of getting our particular voice communicated. Well-crafted instruments are essentially better tools for helping us do that. I bought my CD Maples kit 25 years ago and they still sound and look terrific. I have decades of music memories with them and have never stopped being blown away at how awesome they sound. And they made playing more enjoyable the entire time.
The very first thing I did with my Noble and Cooley Drums was pick them up at the factory and it was an experience that I remember vividly to this day.
So, the other day, I read this article that’s been circulating online about the iPhone and all of the products it has killed – maps, watches, cameras, newspapers, etc. You have probably seen this.
“That’s the common thread. Everyone I like strikes me as genuine. I don’t care if they agree or disagree with me, what their personal, social or political views are. I just want them to be their own person and not care what anyone else thinks, including me.”
I looked over at my daughter, smiled and said, “Do you have ANY interest in this at all?” “Well, the drums themselves, no,” she replied, “but it is interesting how all of the drums are different and you can describe the specific qualities of each of them. You are like E-Harmony for the drums.”
I haven’t been to all of our dealers. I’ve been to DCP obviously, SoundPure, Fork’s Drum Closet, Vic’s Drum Shop, Boston Drum Center, Memphis Drum Shop & Columbus Percussion. I’ve heard a lot about the others like Bentley’s, Drummer’s Hangout etc. Every single one of these stores has a different vibe, set by the owners generally, but they all have one thing in common: They create a really special experience for us as drummers.
For those that follow my blog postings, you know that they are essentially dispatches from a regular guy who loves the drums and got involved with Noble & Cooley to help the restore the brand to its past prominence, primarily because I am a fan of the brand. As such, I get to have experiences I would never have otherwise. That’s typically what I write about. Recently, however, I heard about another drummer who is a fan of Noble and Cooley who has his own fascinating story and unique experiences because of his love of the brand
You could be standing next to Elvis because everyone is there, checking out tons of gear, nerding out on all things drumming, and, as the Burger Meister would say, there’s noise, noise, noise!! What’s not to like?
It’s been about 18 months since I started working with and advising Noble & Cooley. It has been a fun and exciting ride so far and my expectation is it will only get more fun.