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History of the Drumset: Part 9, 1935 - Gene Krupa

History of the Drumset: Part 9, 1935 - Gene Krupa


A CENTURY OF DRUM SET EVOLUTION WITH DANIEL GLASS

 

We can't talk about Big Band Drumming without mentioning Gene Krupa. Not only did Krupa help out the role of a drummer in the big band, he helped evolve the drumset as we know it today.


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Gene Krupa became the face of swing in the Big Band era.

Gene worked closely with Avedis Zildjian to produce cymbals that were much thinner than those in the past.  Together they developed the first crash and splash cymbals used on the drum kit.


VIC FIRTH PRODUCTS THAT MADE HISTORY

1994 Stone Grinding

Vic begins producing sticks in center-less stone grinders rather than traditional lathes. A first for the industry, stone grinding increases quality, consistency, and allows for more complex design elements such as unique tip shapes and tapers.

1983 Signature Series

Vic Firth launches the Steve Gadd signature model and becomes the first company to produce signature drumsticks that reflect the true musical requirements of the artist. To this day, each model is conceived through extensive research with the world's top players.

1994 Stone Grinding

Vic begins producing sticks in center-less stone grinders rather than traditional lathes. A first for the industry, stone grinding increases quality, consistency, and allows for more complex design elements such as unique tip shapes and tapers.

2002 Injection Molded Nylon Tips

Vic solves the age old problem of nylon tips flying off by developing an injection molding system whereby the stick and the tip become one! For the first time in drumstick history, nylon tips mirror the shape and profile of their wood counterparts!