Robert Beals

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Co-Founder
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Evans Musical Products

Robert Beals was just a young man when he first met Chick Evans. The two worked to perfect and promote Mr. Evan’s idea of a synthetic drumhead in the 1950s. Up until that time, drumheads were made from cow skin, which presented several problems. With the skin drumheads, any change in temperature could greatly affect the sound and they would often fade out of tune. Robert became president of the Evan’s Company and oversaw its purchase by D'Addario & Co., which continues to produce the products Bob helped create. Mr. Beals passed away on August 7, 2010.