No - I was there with Tristan Kelley like literally as it happened.I wonder if they got kicked out on purpose for the publicity. It's not like they'd get kicked out after the first complaint. They'd have to ignore the warnings repeatedly.
Sounds like back-handed marketing to me, haha.
Ramy was shocked and upset...I know he spun it later as a cool thing - but what else are you going to do really?
But it wasn't a staged thing - those booths are SO EXPENSIVE to be shut down - especially for a company that was in it's first year at NAMM which was the year it happened.
I personally love the look- the new vintage style hardware is super cool too.
A company with an aesthetic this strong is going to draw lines between people and for everyone that doesn't like it - there are certainly people that love it. I've never actually seen a company go from zero to completely ingrained in the drum world this fast. I remember the first IG post to now and it's just insane.
Personally I don't own any of their drums because I think they sound their best in the following conditions:
1. Tuned very low
2. In a studio setting
I live my life:
1. Tuned very high
And I low key need modern hardware features like bass drum mounted toms, etc - so while I completelyyyyyy understand their vintage appeal and I would love to own a set as a studio queen one day - I haven't pulled the trigger on any from them yet. I might pick up a smaller snare - one of the rude boys or the 4x6 that I can integrate into my sky high ranges for drums.