My story begins in 2nd grade. Picture this: I am getting off the school bus and walking toward home. With each step, the unfamiliar yet welcoming sound of drums gets louder and louder. Now I’m thinking, “Wow! A new stereo system!“ I eagerly arrive, open the door and see my dad in the living room playing a brand new, natural birch Ludwig drum kit complete with Zildjian cymbals. My dad a drummer? This is a total surprise to me! Come to find out his idol was Buddy Rich. In fact he occasionally skipped school in NYC to see Buddy play.
That story is the background for my love and passion for percussion. I’ve enjoyed playing in high school bands and then gigs after that. As the years progressed, I experimented with the use of electronic drum kits and found that the potential for playing solo and “out of the box” experimentation was limitless.
From year to year, I would alternately purchase electronic and acoustic kits, going back and forth. I was in need of a solution to this madness. I had developed an absolute passion for the beautiful smooth wood finish and stunning bright hardware of acoustic kits, especially since my other passion was making fine furniture. For me, electronic kit appearance leaves much to be desired compared to a fine acoustic.
So my journey began. I searched and tried every drum trigger on the market only to find that I needed to design and build one that suited all my needs and was sturdy, reliable and one -size -fits -all. And I did. Following an intense and lengthy research and design journey, a good drummer friend stopped by to witness my creation. After he played for a while, he stood, paused and looked down as if something was wrong, and said, “ Remove that conversion system and sell it.” And I did. Convertible Percussion was born in 2011. We now sell domestically (CA, NY sales are intense) and internationally with much success to England, Australia and Canada.
Convertible Percussions (CP) is the brain child of an engineer who also happens to be a drummer. He felt there had to be a less expensive way to enjoy both acoustic and electric drums. Always striving for a better solution, CP's creator designed and built his own drum set.
This one-of-a kind iridescent drum kit was created by CP's inventor. It started out being a standard green maple "Mars Pro Mapex Series" kit. He changed all the hardware from chrome to flat black and eliminated all stands by adding a flat black rack system. Most of the wood drum shells he machined down to size to give him exactly the pitch and tone curve he desired when playing in "Acoustic Mode.” A reflective drum covering was purchased from the "Precision Drum Company" located in Pleasant Valley, N.Y. established in 1961. The covering reflects all the colors from within the room. A fine kit indeed.