Good Medicine For Drummers

Greg Dawson Published in the February 2009 issue of DRUM!

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After running Medicine Man Custom Drums for more than ten years, it’s clear that Dana Cheney’s risky venture into the custom drum building business was a smart idea. A drummer since 1973, Cheney began his education in the craft of drum building while helping a friend repair and restore a drum set. Cheney and his friend both realized his natural aptitude for restoring drums, so he began learning all he could about building them. "I did a lot of research, reading everything I could,” he says. “I used information online on how to build and refurbish drums.”

While a lot of business came from word of mouth, Cheney also said he began advertising from the start to bring in even more business. He makes drums for players in every style, but much of his business has recently has come from the gospel community. “We specialize in custom graphics, powder coating, and colored hardware,” Cheney says. “We have done everything from Super Mario and Alvin And The Chipmunks graphics, to family portraits laid right into the finish.” You can get your hands on a Medicine Man set for $1,300 and up, depending on how custom you want it.

Medicine Man Drums,120 Ames Drive Dresden, Ohio 43821, 740-754 -2843. http://www.myspace.com/medicinemancustomdrums.

Or a bit of white pearl?

A Sedrick snare.

I know what you're going to say. "Ahhh!"

A nice acrylic snare.

And the rest of the kit Cheney dubs "radioactive."

Sweet wood hoop kit.

Diamond plate snare

Beautiful.