About Stone Custom Drum
Stone Custom Drum is an American Drum Company located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. We create drum shells in configurations of 3 ply and "Niles Era" 5 ply style on the actual tools and molds that originally made the famous Slingerland® brand of drums for well over half a century. The molds and tools have been retrofitted and brought up to 21st century standards. The shells we create are nothing short of magnificent.
Stone Custom Drum operates out of an established and iconic & historical production facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana. International Park is a 55 acre industrial/manufacturing complex that has a rich tradition of housing domestic manufacturing. We employ a staff of 8 local folks from the Ft. Wayne Indiana metropolitan area.
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Bernie with a prototype snare drum, NAMM 2013
Bernie Stone has had a long and storied history in both drumming and the drummaking world. From 1984 to 1989 he was head of drum repairs at The Percussion Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His handiwork has been sought out by many of today's top players.
During his 38-year career in building drum sets and being a musician, Bernie has had numerous memorable experiences throughout the world and has met many famous musicians, many of which ended up becoming clients of his.
Bernie currently plays drums with the regional favorite band "The Bulldogs" and enjoys a busy gigging schedule in between furthering his craft as a world-class drum builder.
“Drums are my life, and they’ve been very good to me.”