1994 brought the opening of a retail store named Palmetto Music on the intersection of Wade Hampton Blvd and Stone Ave. It would not only be a way to showcase Palmetto Drums but also sell other musical instruments and accessories. Fred, having been engrossed in drums, did not know a lot about guitars and amps but he learned the ropes by listening to people, asking advice, reading trade materials and by playing with other musicians. Fred became the one to go to for the vintage, used and odd musical equipment and gear. Now the store features more drums than anything but still has the feel of a comfortable spot for musicians to gather and talk music.
Palmetto Drums are custom drums made to a customers specific requirements. Different size basses, toms, snares, heads, rims, tension casings, drum finishes and wood types are all considerations when designing a custom made kit. We offer types of woods from typical maple to exotic woods like zebra wood and orange Drum finishes can be stains, wraps or acrylic in colors that boggle the mind. All drums are hand rubbed and finished to a gloss or satin. No machines or mass produced techniques are used. And Fred still does everything himself.
We also offer new drums for the beginner to advanced like Ludwig, Gretsch, and Taye. New parts for repairs and vintage parts are here too! We can repair or restore drums and clean or replace the hardware.