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A Busy Summer 2017 for Louson Drums

Since we introduced our CajonTab with external snare in the spring of 2017, our company has been experiencing a surge in new interest!We started the summer season off at the Three Rivers Arts Festival as one of only two musical instrument entries. It was a long and hot 5 days but it was also a great time!  We were there from June 7 through June 11. We sent dozens of drums home with their new owners and felt like we had generated quite a buzz at the Festival!In addition to the crowds at the festival, we also had the privilege of being interviewed by our local NPR station, WESA 90.5 fm in Pittsburgh. A short segment from the interview ran while...

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The Drumming for Jared Program in Boulder, Colorado: Drum lessons for indigent and low income children.

Louson Drums was attending a music therapist convention in Broomfield, Colorado this past March when we received a message through our Etsy Shop. A guy from Boulder told me what he was all about: getting drum lessons and education to poor and indigent kids who otherwise wouldn't have access. The charity, Drumming for Jared, provides weekly drum lessons free of charge to program participants, and even attempts to provide a free drum kit so the students can practice at home.I don't think he had any idea that we are a Pittsburgh company and we were at that moment just a few miles away from him. We agreed to donate a drum to an auction raising money for his charity, and he graciously...

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How to build an online store from scratch: the Louson Drums experience

(Note that this post contains affiliate codes)Our company, Louson Drums, was essential founded out of thin air and with zero foundation to work with. In 2015, friends Carson Cashman and Louis Maione decided to start a custom drum company. They soon began building cajon drums and soon after started making the smaller CajonTab drums that would become the primary focus of the company.For 2015 and most of 2016, we were using Squarespace as our WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) website editor and e-commerce platform. We liked the platform and found it fairly easy to use, but I (Carson, the guy writing this article) wished I had more options. I wanted easier publication of my listings to other platforms,...

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CajonTab with Snare: Introducing an external floating snare mechanism for cajon.

I'm very happy right now.We've been working hard for months to narrow down our preferred snare mechanism for cajon drums and our CajonTabs. I'm so pleased to say, I think we finally have it!Our design is a little bit "outside the box", if you will. (pun very intended). Check out the floating snare: We settled on this design for a few reasons. To begin with, a cut snare design (which are most of the affordable cajon drums on the market) is very often a very buzzy and rattly affair. The loose snare ends tend to bend away from the tapa every so slightly and a simple bass tone can often set your entire snare mechanism to rattling. This phenomena is less...

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Louson Drums and Music Therapy

Our connection to Music Therapy as a company began in the summer of 2016, when a visitor to our booth at a local I Made It! market here in Pittsburgh suggested that we get in touch with some Music Therapists to introduce our products to them.Shortly after, I began researching Music Therapists in the local area and I found Michelle Muth, MT-BC and her website http://m3musictherapy.com. We met for coffee and talked about her profession and its need for portable and convenient percussion. Our drums happened to be a natural fit!She convinced me to look into attending the AMTA national convention in Sandusky, Ohio in November 2016. Although the exhibitor fees and badge fees were fairly expensive for our small company,...

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