Gilberto Serna


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Century Mallets

Gilberto Serna is the keeper of the Deagan flame! The mighty vibraphone company once produced professional level instruments used by symphonic and popular musicians alike. Shortly after the company’s 100th anniversary it was sold, it’s tools moved out of its original building and many of the veteran craftsmen asked to retire. One of the seasoned employees was Gilberto Serna who honored the company he cherished by naming his own repair and rebuilding company Century Mallets. He focused on Deagan products as well as building his own and over time assembled an impressive collection of photographs, catalogs and instruments to ensure the history of Deagan is preserved.