Heartbeat: Moving Forward 2015 – 2018. Heartbeat founder Noel Walker remembers a lot of the business training (“Both the good and the bad,” he says) and “words of wisdom” that his automobile dealership owner grandfather shared with him. “When you are through changing… you are through,” Noel’s Granddad used to say. Through the first fifteen years, Heartbeat has continued to change and evolve. Granddad would be pleased (“Well… maybe!” says Walker). Continued product development, continued global acceptance of Heartbeat Percussion and expansion of new products has been the focus over this period.
2015 saw the introduction of Heartbeat Percussion drums. Heartbeat’s aim was to follow its historical success with cymbals. Designing the sets at Heartbeat (woods, hardware, sizes, features, finishes, etc.), Heartbeat sought out manufacturers that could manufacture the products to Heartbeat’s specifications. Working with a high quality Asian manufacturer, Heartbeat ordered two prototype kits (one with high quality Vintage wrap finish and one with custom stain finish) to get things in motion.
Drums were constructed of 6 ply maple and featured die cast hoops on toms and snares, special tom mount system, suspension floor tom feet and other special features.
After extensive testing, obtaining customer input and making some changes to suit Heartbeat’s client requests, the first shipment of Hear