Originally Posted by Skulmoski
I loved the bumpersticker: Drums not guns. But, I found on bongomania.com the following:
Most percussion instruments we find in music shops in the US and Europe were manufactured in a factory in Thailand. Some of the different brands are actually made in the same factory. Furthermore, the Kaman corporation now owns LP, CP, World Beat, Matador, Toca, and Gibraltar, so really some of our so-called choices just fatten one big corporate pocket. Many people don't realize that Kaman also manufactures parts for missiles, bombs, and other military equipment. They are proud of their military business.http://www.bongomania.com/eng/articles/selecting.html
I wonder if this is still true. Does it matter to you?
However, Kaman sold off it's musical instrument division to Fender in 2008, and it is now known as KMC.
Kaman the military equipment manufacturer is out of the musical equipment business.
Originally Posted by BassDriver
Sabian should belong to that list aswell.
Kaman (now KMS) does indeed distribute Sabian cymbals, but they do not own Sabian.
Further, Kaman was not the only distributor for Sabian, and at one time (and maybe they still do) Kaman also distributed Zildjian to smaller stores that didn't have a direct relationship with Zildjian. Same with Remo heads and numerous other products.