When we order custom products we expect to wait while the artisan finishes a labor of love. I am currently waiting for some custom bongos to be delivered. I wanted a set of bongos that were top tier so I asked Matt Smith to make me a set of bongos. Many consider Matt’s bongos, congas and timbales to be some of the best being made today. I told him I wanted something unique and that he had complete creative control. 9 months later (Sept 2010), here is the email I received:
I am thrilled at the way your bongo is coming out. I am grateful for the opportunity to create something unique for you. I have been thinking of the idea I had for your bongos for years and it was a real treat for me to do it. I won’t let the cat out of the bag, want to keep it a surprise! Anyway I am sending the hardware out today for chrome plating and it should be back to me within 2-3 weeks and the the drums will be on the way to Abu Dabi. Looking forward to your reaction! Matt.
I am still waiting but I expect he will be shipping soon and just in time for the holidays! I am in no hurray because I know that these will be the only bongos I buy; they will be heirloom quality.
So, how long have you had to wait for your custom drums and percussion? What’s your story? Would you give complete creative control?
p.s. Here’s Matt’s website: http://www.ritmostudios.com/