I ordered a
custom set of acrylic drums from Dana and man did they turn out awesome!
First of all, Dana listened to everything that I wanted to do to make
these drums exactly what I wanted and how I wanted them. He never minded
the constant calls checking for status and wanting in progress pics
and so forth. And when these things were done, man what beautiful construction!
Dana put a great bearing edge on all of the drums and I can simply lay
the head on these things and get tone! I can tap the drums with me fingers
and they just hum. Beautiful hardware components as well set off the
Fluorescent green color of the drums. I use black lights for our shows
and it gives the drums a 'radioactive' glow. Visually and sonically
these drums are show stoppers!!! I also had the joy of getting a beautiful
auxiliary snare shortly afterward. I wanted to get a special custom
wrap for this based on the snakeskin wrist band for a watch. Dana sourced
a wrap for me that was perfect! Not to mention the snare pops like a
pistol! If you want truly custom drums made by someone who loves what
they do and makes sure it shows in his work Dana is your man! You will
not be disappointed! I am gonna have him make me a new one soon!
and most attractive kit I have ever played. Something "Magical"
about a Mediceman kit.
years ago I had the idea of a custom diamond plate kit. I knew what
I wanted it to look and sound like.
Hey Dana, man.... this snare is awesome!!!!!!!! I love everything about it, the crack that snare puts out is what i ' ve been after for a long time!, the black hardware is just beautiful work! really, really happy with it, you did a great job on it, when i came home tonite and played it, i threw down a nasty snare part from one of our songs, and the way it came out was amazing, so amazing that it sounded furious! so i named my snare.... 5 Ton Fury!!!!!!
So, you went to your local mega music mart and purchased a cookie cutter DW, Tama, Pearl, Orange County, etc...drum kit and paid way more than you should have. Why? Why would you do that when you could pick up the phone, call Dana Cheney at Medicine Man and have the best sounding, best looking kit on the planet. I've been an endorser with Medicine Man since 2000 and have had 2 kits, more on the way soon!!!, and I have been floored with their quality, sound, and looks. Every sound engineer live and In the studio have done nothing but rave about their sound. The kick is huge, the toms sing, and the floor tom is thunderous. The snare is nothing short of phenomenal with great tone, plenty of volume and sensitivity and is very very versitile. The customer/artist service that Dana provides is second to none, and I am fortunate to call Dana a great friend as well. So what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone, give Dana a call, and make your dream kit a reality.
the drums you Deserve? Medicineman Custom drums have done that for me!
If your looking for a great sounding, looking, Custom drum kit. There is no better than Medicineman Custom drums. I have been playing drums for over 20 years and play in two bands. I have had a lot of drum kits over the years and I have to tell you, I will never buy another drum kit unless its a Medicineman drum ever again. Simply put, Medicineman drums Rock. So Get what you deserve get a Medicineman Custom drum kit ! Check it out!
soon as I set up my new acrylic drums (8x12,16x16,18x22) and got to
"Dana Cheney the master craftsman of Medicine Man Custom Drums has become a true friend during the years of creating the most astounding kits I've ever played on. Dana is a very creative & meticulous custom drum maker. During the years I've known him, Dana has made several kits for me that were all very different from one another: short stack kits with 18" bass drums that would rock your world; beautiful acrylic kits in stunning swirled colors; and several maple kits that are flawless in sound & beauty. I feel truly honored to call Dana Cheney my friend, and to be endorsing Medicine Man Custom Drums."-
Medicine Man Custom Drums are some outstanding built kits. Not only are they great sounding drums, but also have a very unique look. I have used my Medicina Man kit for live shows and also in recording studios and these drums never fail to sound great! I am a rock/metal hard hitting drummer and these kits are built to take any type of playing. The staff and Dana at Medicine Man are great people to work with and can build you any kit you imagine like they did for me. So if your looking for a new drum set, I would definatly recommend checking these guys out!
To Drummers Everywhere:
I wanted to take a minute and write a quick note about Medicine Man Custom Drums. I have been playing the drums for the past twenty (20)+ years and have played many different manufacturers drumkits in many different musical settings. I have most recently played with a touring corporate entertainment band that travels throughout the midwest. I have shared the stage with bands such as Earth Wind & Fire, Morris Day & The Time and Whitesnake (go figure). I am currently on my 3rd Medicine Man Custom Drum kit (and it will probably be my last kit). My first kit was a "rock kit" with a 24" kick 12, 13 and 16 toms that was "thunderous". My second kit was a 22 x 18, 10 x 6, 12 x 6 and 14 x 7 that had great tone and I recorded a CD with a Funk/R&B band with that kit. It had great warmth and tone. The kit that I am playing now is by far the best sounding drum kit that I have ever played on. I cant tell you how many times different sound engineers comment on the sound of the kit. My kit now is 20 x 16, 10 x 7, 12 x 8 and 14 x 11 with a number of different MMCD snares. This kit is very versitile and easy to tune. It has a number of different tuning ranges that will work. I can tune it up for jazz or tune it down for funk or rock and it always seems to stay in tune.
Aside from the drums themselves Dana Cheney is a great person to work with. When we were in the process of putting my new kit together he was very helpful with getting me the exact sound and finish out of my new kit.
I would highly recommend Dana and Medicine Man Custom Drums. I would put them up against any other kits out there in a heartbeat.
took time to communicate with me, an up and coming nobody, and to work
so much Dana for doing great work... I know that if i ever need any
Thanks a ton......
January 2000 I was on a quest for a new drum set. I looked at all of the big name
companies and was very interested in a few. Then one day I was looking in the
classifieds in the back of Modern Drummer magazine, looking for some new wrap
for a kit that I currently owned and saw Medicine Man custom drums. I looked up
the web page and saw that Dana was in Ohio, my home state and gave him a call.
I got my
Drums in a few weeks ago, and the Finish shocked me! I wasnt sure what shade it
would come out as, but what I got blew me away!! I quickly set them up, changed
the heads, (although the stock heads i got sounded sick, as they were), tuned
them and just jammed for hours. They sound AMAZING!! The Bass knocks me out!!
I have never had a kick drum larger than 16 inches deep, and this one is 20...and
the sound I get out of it is awesome! I also love the compact Rack tom (7x12)
I got with my kit, and the tone i get out of that is wicked, too. I tuned up my
Floor tom nice, too. And the whole kit sounds so great. I played a show with it
this past weekend, and I was so stoked at how they sounded. I got a bunch of comments
about it and how nice it looked and how great they sounded! I told a bunch of
people about Medicine Man!!
So, my hat is off to you and your company for continuing to build professional quality kits for all of us drummers out here, regardless of whether we play jazz, rock, country or Latin styles. I have heard several of your custom made kits, and can attest they they are among the best sounding, and best looking, drums anywhere, regardless of price.
My Medicine Man custom kit is truly phenominal! Every show I get a new compliment on the amazing sound I get coming from an acrylic drum and not to mention the highest quality powdercoatings on the market. They are most definately the next custom drum company on the rise and will soon be the demand of thousands of drummers worldwide. When I'm on stage Medicine Man Custom Drums are the only drums I trust to do the job and get it done it right!
One day I went shopping for drums and the only decent drum store around was Richie's Drum Exchange. My eyes were automaticlly drawn to the only unique looking kit on the floor. I was totally in aww of it. I decided to wait spite the fact that this was the only opportunity to own it. I took the chance, 2 months had passed, and the kit was still on the floor. In that moment I knew it was destiny. I get countless compliment on its finish, superb sound, and it's overall glow. People from all around had come to that same store to get a taste of what I own now. I consider this to be my biggest accomplishment as of now, and I also know this will make me better at what I do.
The funniest fact of it all, I didn't even play my Medicine Man kit until I officially owned them. It took me six months to pay them off, and all I went with was my sure gut feelings. I had made the most confident choice I had ever made. It is like if I were to go to a Porsche dealership, excellence and precision goes into each car. Oh my gosh when I finally got to play them, there were no words to explain. My first thought was, "I.....own this", cycling over and over in my head almost psychoticlly. I felt I could never deserve this. Joy has been restored over and over again everytime I get to play them. Drumming is the cornerstone of life, the very breath of it, and now I sound the way I play. Medicine Man drums compliments my style, depth, and emotions in every way.
After I heard Dana play one of his Medicine Man custom maple snares 3 years ago I had to have one of my own. Since then I have purchased a 6 piece black acrylic set that looks and sounds like nothing else. Recently my wife bought me a Medicine Man Brass snare drum that sounds better than my old vintage brass Slingerland concert snare drum. Not only can Dana build great drums he also refurbished my 1968 Slingerland maple drum kit for my daughter and it sounds like a whole new drum kit. The service, price and quality is as good as it gets!
my name is Matt Judd,I had a custom kit built by Medicine Man Drums, and
perfect, untouchable, second to none. All of these comments
Custom Drums are without a doubt the best "bang" for the buck! Quality
construction and awe inspiring graphics and finishes alone are worth
Williamson (A Day To Fall)
Over the past 15 years I have played every kit out there from DW to Pearl to Yamaha, so I know drums. Over the past three years I have exclusively played Medicine Man Drums and cant see myself playing anything else EVER. They sound the best, look the best, and keep the crowd bouncing night after night.
would like to take this time to say how much i appreciate Dana and evryone
(and my band) provide a stress relief that keeps me sane. When I
Medicine Man Drums are some of the best drums out there on the market. Everything is actually completely custom from the sizes and finishes, to the tension rods. The finish options are practically limitless, and the sound can be your own unique sound or you can have a sound like another kit that you've heard before. Dana is easy to work with, he stands behind his product 100%, and the pricing blows everyone else out of the water. I've been with Medicine Man for 5 years now, and I've had acrylic and maple drums. The acrylics are better than any other acrylic drums I have ever heard (nothing like the old Ludwig Vistalites). The maples are right up there with all of the best, DW, OCDP, Truth, Risen, Tama Starclassic Maple, Mapex Orion, Gretsch USA, Pearl Masters, and any of the high end drums. If you're looking for a high end drum set without the price of hype then you want Medicine Man. I love these drums. Thank you Dana.
Thanks for everything Dana. I feel proud to play these drums.
and God Bless
About two years ago I was looking to get a high-quality, custom made drumset. After browsing the usual brand name companies associated with the job I was rather concerned about both personalization and prices. Through various resources, the name Medicine Man Custom Drums came around and I thought I would check them out. After spending some time on the website, and speaking back and forth with Dana via emails and phone calls I decided to give them a try. Dana worked with me through the entire process, paying close attention to details and giving me exactly what I was looking for. His customer service was far beyond any I had ever experienced! Getting a MMCD set made by Dana Cheney was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made as a drummer. The final product was far beyond what I had expected, and sounds even better than it looks! If you're looking for the highest quality product with the absolute best prices and customer service you could possibly find, then look no further than Dana Cheney and Medicine Man Custom Drums.
been a drummer for twenty-eight years, and have played 'Ludwig' and 'Pearl' drums
exclusively throughout my drumming career. I was turned on to 'Medicine Man Custom
Drums', and Dana Cheney, by my good Friend, Jakson Spires. I didn't know much
about Dana and the company at first. When Jak was in town, he'd usually use my
kit just because of the 'logistics',(Jak hauling anything of his own). The day
did come Jak brought his own drums to play, and it was a custom set built by Dana,
"Medicine Man Custom Drums". There is truly 'magic' in the 'product'.
The ambiance, craftsmanship, tone, consummate sound, (of course I could go on),
that these drums demonstrated sold me on 'em from the start. I felt "I had
to get me some of these!" We lost our dear Friend, Jakson, tragically and
untimely recently, so I had a 'need', if you will, to contact Dana. Dana is a
beloved Friend of Jakson's as well.
words-SIMPLY THE BEST! When it comes to quality,sound,and finishes,the
been playing for 14 years and the product that Dana produces is hands
Dana did a custom snare build for me. My nine year old had a birthday coming up and I bought him this unique thirty ply shell and told him to design his own snare. We looked at a lot of wraps and lacquer finishes and hardware configurations on a ton of web sites. My boy got it in his head that he wanted a drum that reflected his appreciation of Michigan Wolverine football. So given a task of turning this shell into navy and gold in just a few weeks I followed up on a referral to Dana the Medicine Man.
He found me the lugs that would work with a 4" shell and did a sensational job of powder coating all the hardware to that bright yellow color I required. The blue glass wrap job was perfect. The drum is just magnificent. Dana met my time constraint and on my boy's birthday, he was just blown away with how the reality met his expectations. Now he has something that he designed with a super unique sound and Dana was the one guy I found that could make the whole thing come together.
I highly recommend Dana and Medicine Man.
I was looking through drum catalogs for a new snare drum, as I usually by only Ludwig drums. As I looked, I noticed that they all look the same, and sound the same for the most part.
stumbled upon a web sight for custom made drums, and as I paged through, I saw
real quality being advertised, as well as DRUMS Made to order. I thought that
I could Never afford such a drum, until I looked at the price. WOW, my Ludwig
factory drum,made in Canada,cost way more than these. Could I actually afford
a custom made snare? I was on my way to Ohio to see for my self just who was behind
tried to be patient back at home and in the studio looking at my other Ludwig
snares and drums, just imagining,what my new drum would look like set up with
my ORIGINAL 1965 BEATLES black Pearl set.
sound is mellow and strong. The action of the ATTACK Drum Heads is spot on. The
snares are crisp,and above all the drum looks FANTASTIC!
will recommend them to all my drummer friends. If the word gets out, they will
have to expand their shop and hire 20 people to keep up with demand.
Thanks for making my drum and Thanks for being a good friend.
Medicine Man custom snare drums are the best! I love the tone, the quality, and the workmanship of these drums. I have two snares specialized to my style of playing and that have my name on them. I have guys asking me if they could buy them from me all the time. I really enjoyed working side by side with Medicine Man Custom Drums. They have truly been q blessing to me and my music. I highly recommend this custom drum company to everybody.
After I got each drum, they called me every week to make sure I was totally satisfied. It dosent get any better than that!