- May 21, 2019
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So I keep hearing from various people that Keller is getting out of the drum shell business . Does anyone know for certain of this is true ? When are they stopping production ?
Def a possibility but DW has a hard enough time getting drums made in a timely manner for their own orders, not sure if they can just absorb full production of Gretsch shells as well. Hypothetically speaking.Their current distributer makes a ton of high quality shells. I'd bet on them.
Gretsch gets their shells from Keller for their American made drums.I would imagine that the number of units sold has been shrinking for years so it would make sense that they are getting out of the drum shell business. The only manufacturers buying Keller shells are the customer builders and hobbyists. DW has their own shell making equipment, as does Ludwig. I hear that C&C has their own too (but am unsure whether that is entirely true).
I wonder if the backlog is shell forming or shell finishing. Could be that their shell forms have idle time while all the more tedious work takes place. And who knows, maybe a switch to DW is already in the works and that's why Keller is deciding to bow out.Def a possibility but DW has a hard enough time getting drums made in a timely manner for their own orders, not sure if they can just absorb full production of Gretsch shells as well. Hypothetically speaking.