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EP 68 - The History of Meinl with Norbert Saemann

Norbert takes us through every decade in the history of Meinl and gives a detailed look at the 70 year history of this iconic company. We begin in 1951 when Roland Meinl started out making wind instruments and creating his own cymbals by hand in his home with his wife. He then went head first into distributing Hoshino (Tama) drums in Germany and carried on in that fashion until the company grew into what we know today in a slow and steady rise to the top.

Meinl has now grown to be one of the most popular brands in all of drumming and has very popular sub-categories in the business including guitars, percussion, sticks/brushes, and therapeutic percussion. We learn all about what makes German manufacturing so special and how the distribution process works for a company like Meinl and how that was a massive part of the company history.

Norbert knows the history of this company better than anyone and is a wealth of information. He is the International Artist Relations Manager and has been with the company for 30 years.

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