My experience with John Jones was about as hands-on as it can get. For my high school culminating project I contacted Thumper with the desire not only to work with John on an excellent custom kit, but to actually learn
from him and build it myself. I spent over 40 hours at Thumper and saw exactly how much precision, craftsmanship and (of course) elbow grease goes into
every process of creating these top-notch kits. Experiencing every single step of the build (sanding, staining, oiling, drilling, cutting bearing
edges, etc.) was proof enough that Thumper makes the absolute best, but nothing could beat what I heard the very first time I tuned and played a kit that John and I built with our own hands.
I know for a fact that I will have an amazing kit for the rest of my life, but I also know that with the very
personal knowledge I gained from my own instrument’s creation I have also gained better skills and appreciation for the art of the drum itself.