No. 001: the drum that started it all.
See, at the time, his only options for a small audition drum were either not actually designed to be an audition drum or were way overpriced.
So we built him a drum.
The drum was a hit, and after Aaron earned a spot in Mr. Abel's studio at Temple University in Philadelphia, his studio mates started asking where they could get one of their own.
So we built more drums.
After building a few more for friends, we thought, "so, what else can we make?"
And after several years of research and design, we finally launched our first stick and mallet line.
One of our carbon fiber handle prototypes.
(CF didn't make the cut because the feel was terrible.)
The first ever pair of Études!
A very early batch of prototypes.
The original lineup.
When we started Artifact, we wanted to change something.
We were tired of overpriced gear that just wasn't that great.
And we were especially tired of the perception that small business and handmade had to mean "excessively expensive" and "made for professionals."
We knew that it was possible to make the best quality gear out there and to be able to offer it at a fair and reasonable price. And we're doing it.
We have never taken out a bank loan, we don't have any investors, and we don't answer to anybody except you - our Artifact Family.
And that's the way we like it.
Welcome to the Artifact Family.
At Artifact, we believe in treating people like, well, people. You're more than a customer to us. If you ever have any questions about what we do or the products that we make - or even if you just want to talk percussion with some fellow passionate percussionists - feel free to contact us any time here on our contact page or on Facebook.