By Eric Kamm Published September 21, 2009
Herb Naster entered the industry in 1986 when he landed a job at a drum shop. He eventually became a partner, and then the store’s sole owner. Naster says his interest in the drum-making business stemmed from his desire to be able to “drill holes in wooden cylinders, put hardware on them, then tune them how you want them to sound.” He finds his biggest challenges are keeping his designs original, and marketing – getting your name out there is tough when you’re a small builder. Naster says the oddest part of his job is blowing stains and textures on shells, because every drum becomes one of a kind, and often his biggest mistakes become his coolest creations. That leads to the most gratifying part of his job, which is seeing the look on his customers’ faces when they get their new drums.
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