One of the benefits of using Hatter Drums is that we have two home bases: Evansville, IN and New Orleans, LA. If you're outside of our periphery, give us a call. We can work out shipping costs OR point you in the direction of someone that we trust to fix your gear. Our team has been working the drum circuit for nearly two decades. We know a lot of people in the business, and we've brought folks in to help us from all over the country. Don't be afraid to shoot us an email and say, "I broke my instrument and I don't know what to do!" - We've got you covered!
Broken drum head? Badly out of tune? Broken or missing parts? We can fix that. Contact us for a quote. We take special care with each instrument and consider how it functions in your life as we work. We help professional musicians as well as casual enthusiasts keep their instruments in excellent shape. The first step is to drop us an email or pick up the phone - let us take it from there!
Fun Fact: If you're bringing us in for a drum building workshop, you walk away knowing how to maintain and tune your own drums so that YOU can be the go-to fix-it person for your community.
DRUM MAINTENANCE TIPS
(for natural skin & wood construction)
Keep your drum(s) tuned. You should always hear a contrast between the bass and tone. If they start to sound the same, it's time to tune it up!
Don't play on thin goat skinned djembes/ashikos with a stick/mallet.
If you live in a humid environment, be aware that temperatures and moisture in the air will affect pitch and longevity. Keep your drum in a case when not in use.
Drums without cases are more likely to suffer from nicks in the shell or tears in the skin. Protect your gear.
NEVER apply moisturizer directly to your drum skin. If you haven't played in several months, use a tiny dab of shea butter on your hands, rubbing it in thoroughly. The oils from your hands will transfer and hydrate the skin. NOTE: If you play regularly, you should never have to do this for the life of your drum. Your natural hand oils will be enough to keep the skin healthy.
Care for your wood: Most drums have an oil finish - danish, teak, or linseed. If your wood starts to look splintery, rub some oil into it. If your shell has a high gloss (poly) finish, just wipe it down occasionally with a damp rag. Oil won't penetrate, though you may be able to oil the inside of the shell.