Tom Diverio started building drums under the TMD Custom Drums name in 2005. Since then he has created some of the most notable designs in the industry and gotten attention for innovations such as his three-porthole bass heads, veneer laminates, and a patented floating chamber shell.
Originally from New Jersey, Diverio played drums for 20 years. He dropped out of the U Of Miami to go on a two-and-a-half year tour with his band All That’s Left but returned to architecture school in 2005. Shortly after he combined his love of design and drumming and began turning out unique snares and kits.
TMD drums are notable for their pinstripe designs and the use of different logos on the snares and kits. Diverio says, “We have two different logos, one that goes on snares and one that goes on kits. Our most popular design is the traditional stain with the splatter finish. We get a lot of orders for it. Another thing that is unique now is our patented floating chamber shells. It’s an acrylic shell with a wood shell floating inside it. “
Diverio is also partial to offset lugs, and to a custom laminate finish which gives drums the look of traditional wood but the durability of wrap. Omar Tavarez of PitBull is TMD’s biggest endorser and plays a kit like that. “It’s really ideal for touring drummers who are setting up and tearing down every night,” says Diverio.
Diverio says the toughest thing about growing a custom drum business is getting the word out. “If someone gave me a million dollars I’d put it all in marketing,” he says, but adds “I’d like to be bigger but I’d like to stay as a custom builder. It’s all about creating something unique for my customers.”
You can get a unique TMD drum starting at around $500 at tmdcustomdrums.com