Beautiful Day In LA: Los Angeles Drum Services
- By Radim Mccue,
- Published May 25, 2013
I took a day trip to Los Angeles last month to visit various companies in the drum business including Alfred Publishing, Guitar Center, and Los Angeles Drum Services. We had a particularly good time at Los Angeles Drum Services--LADS for short.
Drum Services just scratches the surface of what these guys offer. For their clients they do everything from cymbal cleaning to kit building to metal fabrication. They offer rehearsal space, drum storage, and career consultation.They rent back line equipment for events and productions and set it up, so when a client shows up to play a show like "Ellen" his kit is ready to go. If a client calls ahead they'll take his or her kit out of storage, set it up in a soundproof rehearsal studio, and then return it to storage when they are done.
The owners, Bobby Boos and Chris Achzet, have five decades of combined experience in artist relations, touring, drumteching and more. They joined forces in 2011 to form LADS. The pictures tell the story.
The day started at Alfred Publishing, where publisher Phil Hood got to present Dave Black with his Drummie Award for his Alfred Method book--the best-selling method book of all time. Well done.
Next stop: Guitar Center headquarters. Here I'm getting the photo I always wanted. Years ago there was a series of ads that showed Guitar Center drum buyer Glen Noyes with various celebrities. Now I've got my Glenn Noyes celeb shot.
Glenn's office is classic. Here's a shot of the walls. That's David Levine of TRX Cymbals sitting at the conference table.
Los Angeles Drum Services is located near Burbank Airport on a nondescript street. Inside is where the magic happens.
Bobby Boos and Chris Achzet started Los Angeles Drum Services to provide a variety of design, building, storage, and support services to touring drummers.
Every good drum services shop needs a hallway jukebox and gold records on the wall.
Here's a Pearl kit they'd just put together for Chris Coleman (New Kids On The Block.)
Chris builds custom racks by hand and makes these nifty tube stands for hi-hats and snares.
They removed the hardware, coated it orange and reassembled the kit with its new rack system.
Chris has toured with a lot of the big name drummers in the world. He builds these custom drum tech racks that hold all your tools and parts. The video screens are so the drum tech can watch the drummer remotely and respond if anything breaks.
The machine shop at Los Angeles Drum Services.
In the back of the cavernous space they have storage lockers for drummers, a soundproof rehearsal room and gear that manufacturers have asked them to store or transport.
A Natal bass drum had just arrived. Chris had good things to say about its construction.
Drummer Wally Ingram stopped by since he stores his gear at LADS. Wally has played with everyone--Sheryl Crow, Eric Burdon, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, David Lindley (three albums), James Taylor, Warren Zevon, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bruce Hornsby, Jennifer Warnes, and Crowded House. He was one of the members of Timbuk 3.