Exciting Future for Vater in the UK

Vater embarks on an exciting new chapter with an exclusive UK distribution partnership with Korg UK, commencing 1st August 2024. This collaboration promises to significantly enhance the visibility and availability of Vater’s high-quality percussion products across the country.

Korg UK is delighted to announce an exciting development in our percussion division as we take on the distribution of Vater drumsticks in the UK from 1st August. Leveraging our extensive expertise in the drum and percussion industry, this new partnership ensures a bright future for Vater in the UK market.

Vater products are celebrated for their superior craftsmanship and reliability, and are used by some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Vinnie Colaiuta, Stewart Copeland (The Police), Josh Freese (Foo Fighters), Fred Eltringham (Sheryl Crow), Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine), Cindy Blackman-Santana (Santana), Frank Ferrer (Guns N’ Roses), Greyson Nekrutman (Sepultura), Nathan Followill (Kings of Leon), Brian Frasier Moore (Pink), Ilan Rubin (Nine Inch Nails), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Mike Mangini, Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), Mona Tavakoli (Jason Mraz), Scott Travis (Judas Priest), Max Weinberg (Bruce Springsteen), Elise Trouw, Jay Weinberg, Carl Palmer (ELP), Mike Wengren (Disturbed) and many more. This impressive roster is a testament to the trust and respect Vater has earned in the drumming community.

“We are incredibly excited to enhance the distribution of Vater drumsticks in the UK,” said Duncan Williams, Head of Drum & Percussion brands at Korg UK. “The unparalleled quality and innovative design of Vater sticks perfectly align with our mission to provide drummers and percussionists with the best possible products. With Korg UK’s extensive reach, we look forward to supporting more UK drummers with Vater’s exceptional range.”

With a legacy rooted in craftsmanship and quality, Vater has been a trusted name in the drumming community for decades. Their story began in the 1940s when Jack Adams opened Jack’s Drum Shop in Boston. By 1956, Fred Maichele, the Godfather of Alan and Ron Vater, was hand-turning drumsticks that quickly gained fame among top drummers like Philly Joe Jones and Buddy Rich. In the 1970s, Clarry Vater, along with his young sons Alan and Ron, continued the family tradition by producing drumsticks in the basement of their music store in Norwood, MA. The quality of their products spoke for themselves and before long, Vater was making drumsticks for some of the biggest stick and drum brands in the industry.

Today, Vater is renowned for offering the finest drumsticks, timpani mallets, marimba mallets, vibraphone mallets, brushes, specialty sticks, and accessories in the world. The commitment to quality, craftsmanship, and hands-on production has been the cornerstone of their success, carried forward by Alan Vater and a dedicated team of craftsmen. This new partnership highlights Korg UK’s dedication to enhancing our product offerings and supporting the drumming community with premium tools.

As we embrace this exciting future with Vater, Korg UK will cease to distribute Vic Firth products as of 1st August 2024.




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