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Remo Inc.
IndustryMusical instrument
Founded1957; 64 years ago (1957)
FounderRemo Belli
Headquarters28101 Industry Drive
Valencia, California 91355
Key people
Robert Shen CEO
ProductsDrum kits, heads, hardware
RevenueUS$47.5 million (2008 est.)
Number of employees
300
Websiteremo.com

Remo Inc. is an American musical instruments manufacturing company based in Valencia, California, and founded by Remo Belli in 1957.[1] Products manufactured include drum kits, drumheads, drums, and hardware.

History

Drummer and founder Remo D. Belli experimented with PET film as a possible material for the production of drumheads after World War II due to its consistency in tonal qualities and resistance to weather changes. Throughout the 1960s, it was a fight to gain market acceptance, as purist jazzmen preferred the sound of natural calfskin. However, these calfskin drumheads had to be frequently tuned with weather fluctuations. Remo Belli created convenience for professional drummers when he pioneered the use of Mylar, a synthetic polyester film for drumheads. Originally, the drumheads were white and opaque to help mimic the look of calfskin. Later innovations were clear drumheads, two-ply drumheads (for added durability and depth), and simulated natural drumheads with a product called "FIBERSKYN", which is currently on its third version. Remo Belli died on April 25, 2016.

Drumheads

Remo supplies drumheads for various drum companies including Pearl, DW Drums, Yamaha, Mapex, Pork Pie Percussion and Sonor. Remo has factories in the US and in Taiwan, where the "UT" and "US" versions are made.

Remo Drumhead
Remo Ambassador Coated drumhead on Snare Drum
Remo Ambassador Coated drumhead on Tom-Tom Drum
Remo Ambassador Coated drumhead on Bass Drum

Rose Parade

Remo sponsors of the Rose Parade's annual Bandfest shows, which are held annually at the end of December to showcase the bands participating in the New Year's Day parade in Pasadena, California. Bandfest is held at Pasadena City College's Mack and Jackie Robinson Stadium, which is named for its sons Mack and Jackie Robinson.[5]

References

  1. ^ Chinen, Nate (February 17, 2009). "Louie Bellson, Dynamic Jazz Drummer, Dies at 84". Retrieved April 16, 2018 – via NYTimes.com.
  2. ^ http://www.drumstuffonline.com/Remo-Clear-Ambassador-SnareTom--Batter-and-Resonant-Heads_p_206.html
  3. ^ http://www.remo.com/portal/products/3/10/502/859/css_ambassador.html
  4. ^ http://www.remo.com/portal/products/3/10/502/861/css_diplomat.html
  5. ^ Bandfest Presented by Remo, Tournament of Roses, 2015