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PAT MASTELOTTO [Modern Drummer 11/11/1996]: I played Yamaha for years, but I wanted to work with an American company. I've known Joe Montineri, the custom drum builder from Connecticut, for a long time. He's a very innovative guy. You can be very specific with Joe about drums, and I was. I wanted my drums for Crimson to have a lower, creamier kind of sound. I didn't want to get into the drum sounds that Bill was using, which are the jazzier, ringier tunings. So Joe designed some drums for me that sound great.


HOW MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION AFFECT THE SOUND OF YOUR DRUMS
From: Modern Drummer
Date: March 1, 2008
Author: Patmos, Martin


"The drum is a relatively simple instrument-with a bit of black magic," says Joe Montineri, a veteran drum tech, custom builder, and head of product development for drum shell manufacturer Keller Products. Geometrically, a drum is a hollow, enclosed cylinder......but there's so much more to it than that. Its character is defined by the shell and heads, the materials and assembly of which affect sound and performance.

Drum shells in particular hold a certain mystery, with the type of wood they're made from, their dimensions, and construction all being important factors in the sound they produce. And with numerous lines of drums ...


  • 1. New Hampshire Business Review
    www.nh.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artic - [Cached]

    Published on: 7/12/2006   Last Visited: 7/12/2006

    Joe Montineri, product development manager at Keller Products, and Jim Decknick, director of, marketing stand amid an array of drum shells in the firm's Manchester manufacturing facility.
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    Joe Montineri, product development manager at Keller Products, and Jim Decknick, director of, marketing stand amid an array of drum shells in the firm's Manchester manufacturing facility.
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    As part of its dedication to developing new product lines, the company recently hired long-time drum aficionado Joe Montineri to be its full-time product development manager. Montineri previously worked as a consultant for Keller and has vast experience as a session drummer and custom snare drum maker in Los Angeles and Manchester, Conn.

    Montineri admits he's obsessed with "the quest for sound that you can feel in your solar plexus" when you hear it just right. Montineri says he began using Keller products in the 1980s, and his work at the firm today allows him to experiment with some "weird stuff ... I have the luxury of creating old-sounding instruments with modern technology. I'm like Charlie in the chocolate factory."

    A conversation with Montineri is an exploration into the realm of drum-making joy.

    "The drum shell is basically the heart of drum. You need good raw materials, dimension stability and round consistency," Montineri explains.

    Also: "Wood is a living piece of matter that doesn't stop moving until its ash. The molecules slow down but they don't stop moving."

    Needless to say, Montineri doesn't think much of what he calls the "Wal-Mart mentality" of mass-produced drum-making and wants to serve and pique the diverse interests of the professional and beginners alike.

    "Before World War II, most companies made their own shells, but that changed, just like the industry did, in the early 1960s," Montineri says, when both quality of the products and accessibility to a new generation of musicians grew explosively.
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    North American Rock Hard Maple has been the staple wood of the drum shell business, but that is changing as well, says Montineri. There is more of a call for different woods (for aesthetic as well as sound reasons) and Montineri's other new product assignment is to go, well, retro -- as baby boom drummers age and musicians become interested in musical roots, there is a growing market for vintage drums using African mahogany that imparts an old sound feel (for example, the drum style and sound of big band drumming legend Gene Krupa, which now seems almost primal in its effect).
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    "You can't really judge how good a drum will be if it has been played and it ages," says Montineri, who has collected antique instruments for decades.



  • 2. K E L L E R A T T H E C O R E
    www.kellershells.com/about.php - [Cached]

    Last Visited: 12/9/2007

    "I really want the drum enthusiast to know what we're thinking when we come up with new shell designs," said Joe Montineri, director of musical product development for Keller.
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    The ultimate in thundering bottom to any drum set, our 26 inch Vintage Mahogany/Poplar Bass Drum shell is unsurpassed in tone or volume," explained Joe Montineri, director of musical product development for Keller. "An excellent choice for a new kit or reinventing your old one."
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    With Keller's specially formulated ply configuration and premium hand selected Maple Core lay-up, there are no snare shells comparable on the market today," said Joe Montineri, director of musical product development for Keller.
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    Also enhancing this sonic contribution is the optimization of our VSS," explained Joe Montineri, director of musical product development for Keller.
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    With Keller's' specially formulated ply configuration and premium hand selected Maple Core lay-up, there is no snare shell comparable on the market today," explained Joe Montineri, director of musical product development for Keller.
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    The kit was made by noted drum builder Joe Montineri, specifically to demonstrate the sonic capablities of the shells from which the drums were constructed. You see, in Joe's "other life," he's a design consultant for Keller Products.
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    "During the past several years, we have focused on bringing hot new sounds to the market," said Joe Montineri, head of musical product development for Keller.
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    They were developed in conjunction with Joe Montineri, a Keller consultant and well-respected custom drum manufacturer.

    Learn more about Keller's Vintage Mahogany shells by visiting the company's 2004 NAMM Show booth - Hall D, #3487.
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