"I had no intention of starting a drum company, I just wanted to get this drum sound and look that was in my head to be fully realized into a drum for myself. It was totally a self-indulgent venture, but now has become a passionate labor of love."With a connoisseur's appetite for exceptional sound, a beautiful aesthetic, and a incredible team of Partners and Makers, A&F continues their quest to blend old-world craftsmanship with new world sounds. "We have a incredible team of drummers, artisans, and entrepreneurs that make up the fibers of this company. We believe in a family environment and a unified focus to create the best instruments money can buy," adds Ramy. We locally source all available materials and hand-make our shells, hoops, lugs, and badges. We use Italian leather washers between anything that makes contact with the shell and hand stamp every badge for each drum with its own exclusive serial number. When we saw what we were creating and watched the excitement in my own children, it shifted our perspective from an accidental company to a 100 year business plan. We are taking everything we have in us physically, mentally, spiritually and pouring it all into A&F Drum Co. Story pre-2019 Simple Design, Practical Application, Brilliant Sound?these are the pillars that A&F Drum Co. is built upon. Enriched with a passion to bring concept to reality, innovation is at the core of A&F Drum Co. A&F is a boutique drum company based in Austin, Tx. Designer & President, Ramy Antoun set out to make a raw snare drum reminiscent in look and sound of the treasured vintage drums he discovered during his many years as a studio and touring musician. Ramy worked tirelessly with local craftsman, Steve Furcinitti, to pursue his vision of hand made raw shells, round, center-mounted lugs, rolled hoops, leather washers and vintage style clips. The desire to create a handcrafted drum that stood the test of time resulted in the A&F Drum Co original 4x14 raw snare drum. Limited in production to a finite 100, this patented design drum is a rare gem. Challenged to create the companion kit, A&F created the Club & Field Kits which are composed of an exclusive thin configuration 7 ply shell in either Maple or Mahogany with curated finishes, no re-rings or inside bearing edge, an A&F reverse baseball outer edge, and leather washers. A&F Drum Co. kits are made to order ranging in size from 6?-28? diameter and 3?-22? depth. Additionally, A&F released new snare sizes and a handful of drum oddities: The Snom, an add on to any tom placing snare wires, throw, and bed cut into the bottom edge, the 3" deep Rude Boy series snares, a 4x18 Gun Shot snare and thin 1.5" deep single tension Pancake snares. In October of 2016, Ramy went to work on another vision, an all-raw Brass Kit. He worked diligently with A&F Chief Craftsman Tabber Millard and A&F Brass Specialist Nikki Spencer on prototyping different thicknesses and welding approaches, with the focus on sound, weight, and durability. Its one of the most challenging things we?ve worked on as well as one of the most rewarding! I couldn?t be more proud of our team and the amazing A&F Royals!? says Ramy of their most recent accomplishment. All Royal Kits are sonically warm and punchy, light weight, durable, and hand made from our patented raw shells, lugs, hoops, and hardware. You can opt for the collectors Elite series for an upcharge, which comes with our Walnut mini hoops (3/4?) and an A&F Exclusive hand engraved design on all shells. With a connoisseur's appetite for exceptional sound and a beautiful aesthetic, Antoun & Family continue their quest to blend old-world craftsmanship with new world sounds.
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