Alternative Manufacturing Materials

John Decker had the idea of building a guitar without wood, no wood at all. In the era of limited wood supply and growing technology, John experimented with a host of materials before deciding that a very good sounding guitar could be made from graphite. John formed the Rain Song Guitar Company in...
Chuck Erikson is known as The Duke of Pearl! His business supplies luthiers and large guitar companies with shells and other in-lay products for instrument making. As a luthier, Chuck saw the need early on to provide high quality materials for small shops. The business grew to service larger...
Marcial “Robert” Flores knows world percussion!  Starting as an entry-level employee as a young man, Robert has worked his way through nearly every process at Remo Inc. and up through the ranks to become the World Percussion Coordinator for Remo, which is no small task.  In that role, Robert has...
Soledad Marron knows drumheads!  Having worked for Remo Inc. for over 30 years, she has been inspecting drumheads as a Quality Assurance Inspector for over 25 years. She undisputedly holds the world record for having handled more drumheads than anyone else in human history.  She inspects 20,000 a...
Ellis Seal was working for an aerospace company, working long hours and never having the time to spend with his family or his hobby of guitar building. In 1998 he opened his own company and said goodbye to his aerospace career to focus on his dream. Ellis took an interest in composite structures...
Jose Manuel Solis knows manufacturing!  As plant manager for Remo Inc., Manuel seeks to continuously improve production processes.  His manufacturing knowledge spans several decades and has drawn the admiration of the industry for his ability to manage a plant that is able to adapt and respond to...
Cal Stelly began working for Remo Inc right after serving in the US Military.  When Cal began working for the company, Remo Inc had only been around 7 years.  Cal was able to watch the company expand over the years and played a role in its growth.  He worked in several departments and supervised a...
Chris Whittington is the product engineer at Remo Inc in Valencia, California, a place he has referred to as his home.  After all, Chris is a musician who is passionate about playing, who designs instruments that are used by musicians who are passionate about playing!  Sitting down with Chris for...
Rafael Zendejas has worked for Remo since 1987.  When he began, the company was located in North Hollywood.  Today he is a factory supervisor within the headquarters of Remo Inc., which is located in Valencia, California.  He started in the production end of the factory, sanding drums and soon grew...