(Left) Shine introduced its mid-priced Select Custom Series last year
It is with a heavy heart that we report the closure of Shine Drums, an American custom drum maker based in Sacramento, California. A victim of the ongoing recession, company founder Sean Staples decided he could no longer invest any more revenue into his struggling young company following a particularly bad 2010 holiday sales season.
Shine seemed to grow in leaps and bounds in recent years, moving beyond the elaborate custom-made kits that initially put the company on the map to a new lower-priced production line. Shine also introduced its own free-floating tom mounting system, and had even begun to carry its own branded series of pedals and hardware. We were impressed by their ambitiousness – they wanted to be Pearl rather than Pork Pie – although in retrospect, it’s possible that the company tried to grow beyond its means.