Farmer Musical Instrument Co
The Birth of the Farmer Musical Instrument Company
The Farmer Foot Drum Deluxe was first conceived while I was listening to John Lee Hooker in my woodshop back in 2003. In some of his songs I could hear his feet tapping wonderful rhythmic beats to accompany his guitar and voice - it sounded as if he had a drummer playing right next to him. Wanting to do the same, but with a more full and rounded drum kit sound, I dreamed up a drum kit that was acoustic, simple for your feet to play, and looked classic.
Using portability, great sound, and durability as the guiding principals in design, I eventually constructed a crude contraption out of my envisioned instrument. After the original Foot Drum's rather slapdash beginnings, I decided to officially start up my own business in the fall of 2005 after hearing too many folks asking to buy it out from under my feet. As a full time high school history teacher with a little rented single car garage and student loans up the yazoo, I knew it was going to be a slog if I was going to advance the concept of a foot played drum kit with shakers, tambourines, snare, bass and more. But enlivened with the passion to creatively work with my hands and the encouragement from strangers, family, and friends I developed the production model Foot Drum to the point where I could open them up for sale in early 2006.
However, having spent too many late nights alone in a cold overcrowded single car garage I came to realize that I would need some help to round out my business and manufacturing education to make this venture really succeed - enter Kerry Carlson of Innovative Manufacturing. A former tap handle builder for all the major microbreweries in the US (before China pulled the rug out), Kerry unveiled a whole world of parts, machines, jigs, catalogs, and contraptions that would ultimately help me to make a better product that produced less waste and took less time. It is these savings, innovations, and great acoustics that I (we) have passed on to you, my bread and butter, my customer.
Today, I work in a modern shop with all the tools that make working a joy. I play music as often as I can, straddling what it means to be a multi instrumentalist or one man band, and a manufacturer of musical instruments that I can't help but want to play. At least the quality control part of my duties means I am not slacking off too much!
So please know that if and when you decide to buy a Farmer Musical Instrument, I will be on the other end of the line ready to answer your comments, concerns, and questions in person! I take pride in the products I put out, and I wholeheartedly care for the customers that play them. Until I hear from you in the near future, Keep Up the Beat!
- Pete! I used the tambo with the DownBeat Pedal all summer on my solo acoustic tour with Jack Johnson. It was a great addition to my rig and my feets sounded like a freight train running! It really added to my show and I can't thank you enough....
Your Deluxe Foot Drum is a true piece of art that will inspire you to play in way you never thought of before. I don't think I've ever had more fun playing a musical instrument as I've had playing these Foot Drums.
JJ Grey and Mofro
The sound of the Stomp Bass Drum and the DownBeat tambourine pedal are a huge upgrade to what I've been playing. I believe this new combo is going to take me to a whole other level. It's certainly going to make my one-man act more user friendly: much less midrange "whap" on the kick now; just a nice steady "THUMP".
The equipment is truly a work of art.
Adam Gussow: Satan and Adam
Oxford Mississippi, USA
I totally fell in love with these Foot Drums and I think it might be the best instrument I have ever bought (and I buy quite a few!) Thanks again for the uncomplicated buying experience.
- I thoroughly tested out the Stomp FootBass and DownBeat Pedal with tambourine ring add-on at rehearsal today, and they more than lived up to my expectations. They were the perfect solution for my foot percussion needs. Not to mention great sounding and aesthetically pleasing to boot!...
- Just wanted to let you know my new FootDrum arrived in fine shape.It's a lovely piece of engineering, beautifully realized and an absolute ball to play.Thanks for sharing your passion!