One quality that has made Everett “Vic” Firth a success as both a drumstick manufacturer and former principal timpanist for the Boston Symphony Orchestra is attention to detail.
A list of drums and percussion that Making Music is highlighting from the 2015 Nashville Summer NAMM show for their particular excellence.
A few years back, while giving a presentation on homemade musical instruments at the University of Washington, Dr. Craig Woodson created a masenqo—a single stringed violin from Ethiopia—out of dental floss, a Styrofoam box, a plastic tube, and some chopsticks. “There was an Ethiopian woman in the audience, and she got up and walked out of the room,” he remembers. “I thought, oh my gosh, I’ve insulted this woman! But then she came back in and her eyes were wet with tears, and she said to me, ‘I had no idea when you started to play that very simple instrument, that it would take me home.’”