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The partners behind the RD Pads: a transparant look into our production chain

At Rudimental Drummers, we take great pride in our RD Pads, hand crafted practice pads made in The Netherlands. We believe in being transparent about our production process and the partners we collaborate with to create these remarkable and realistic practice pads. In this blog post, we want to give you an inside look at the origins of our RD Pads, highlighting the professional partnerships that contribute to their creation. With great pride, we introduce you to some of the remarkable organizations we work closely with to create our wonderful and realistic RD Pads.


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Co-founder René van Haaren (left) at Werkvisie De Hoop
Co-founder René van Haaren (left) at Werkvisie De Hoop


Werkvisie De Hoop: social enterprise for assembly

At Rudimental Drummers, we are deeply committed to making a positive societal impact, both within the drummers community as a whole and on a very local scale. That's why we proudly collaborate with Werkvisie De Hoop, an organization driven by social involvement and the desire to create meaningful change.

We believe in providing a suitable workplace for everyone, including those with barriers to employment. That’s why most of our RD Pads are assembled by people who face employment challenges. These individuals from Werkvisie De Hoop demonstrate exceptional skills and craftsmanship, delivering remarkable workmanship.


Werkvisie De Hoop's mission aligns perfectly with our values. They strive to create a suitable and fulfilling work environment for individuals facing employment challenges, fostering their well-being and encouraging active participation in society. Their focus on guidance, education, training, and offering appropriate workplaces within their organization or reintegrating individuals into regular employment reflects their dedication to creating a positive impact.

Through our partnership with Werkvisie De Hoop, we not only create outstanding RD Pads but also promote inclusivity, empowerment, and local community support. Together, we work towards a more inclusive and diverse drumming community, creating opportunities for individuals to thrive and make a meaningful contribution to society.


Through our partnership with Werkvisie De Hoop, we not only create outstanding RD Pads but also promote inclusivity, empowerment, and local community support.


Evans by D’Addario: realistic and innovative drumheads

The way you feel about our drum pads, lies for a big part in its drumheads. At Rudimental Drummers, we strive for the most authentic, realistic and cutting-edge playing surfaces. That's why we collaborate with Evans, a renowned manufacturer of drumheads. Moreover, the people at Evans really pursue a personal approach and are very nice to work together with. All the employees are very approachable.


Their commitment to innovation and their alignment with our values make them the ideal partner for our RD Pads. By incorporating Evans drumheads into our practice pads, we ensure a realistic feel and exceptional sound quality, elevating your drumming experience to new heights.


Andante: specialized pipe band drumheads

For our pipe band drummers, we have partnered with Andante, a leading provider of specialized pipe band drum equipment. Their drumheads are designed to be lightweight yet durable, ensuring a solid and sharp cracking pitch along with highly responsive feel. With Andante's drumheads, we can offer pipe band drummers the feel they’ve been familiar with for years.


247 Tailorsteel: metal parts

For the metal components of our high-tension pads, such as the Drum Corps Pad and the Pipe Band Pad, we partner with 247 Tailorsteel. Since their inception in 2007, 247 Tailorsteel has utilized advanced laser-cutting technology to deliver top-quality steel parts. With cutting-edge machinery and energy-efficient production processes, they ensure the precise fabrication of our metal components, allowing us to create pads that meet the highest standards of quality and performance.


VBV International: drum equipment specialist

To achieve the most realistic drumming experience, we partner with VBV International for the finest drum equipment. VBV International is committed to selecting and proposing only the highest quality percussion instrument parts. Their team of music enthusiasts ensures that every product meets rigorous quality criteria. Thanks to our partnership with VBV International, we can provide you with the perfect rims, hoops, and other drum accessories for our RD Pads, some of them even produced on a very local scale.


Houtmarkt: high-quality wood supplier

At Rudimental Drummers, we believe that the choice of wood plays a crucial role in the overall quality, sound and experience of our practice pads. That's why we partner with Houtmarkt (literally translated: Wood market), a trusted supplier of high-quality wood. Their commitment to sustainable forestry practices aligns with our values of environmental responsibility, ensuring that we can create pads that not only sound great but also contribute to a more sustainable future.


Their commitment to sustainable forestry practices aligns with our values of environmental responsibility, ensuring that we can create pads that not only sound great but also contribute to a more sustainable future.

Stoffenshop: premium fabric supplier

We partner with Stoffenshop for a crucial part of the RD Pads' secret. There is more to the inside of a practice pad than meets the eye. Stoffenshop supplies us with high-quality fabrics that play a part in producing the ideal core of the pad. Collaborating with Stoffenshop allows us to infuse our practice pads with the right combination of materials, unlocking the secret to their exceptional performance and great feel.


Merford: where the partnership began, and the secret of RD Pads continues

Merford provides us with innovative materials and expertise to create pads that effectively reduce noise transmission without compromising on the natural feel and sound of drumming. With Merford's support, we can ensure that you can practice with our RD Pads without disturbing your surroundings.


Merford is not only a valued partner in our production chain but also the employer of Rene, one of the two founding fathers of RD. This partnership was forged long before Rudimental Drummers had even become a household name in the drumming community. Moreover, Merford showcases their precision in shaping and cutting wood into the right forms and components through our RD Pads as well, since we use their services to transform a wooden plank into an RD Pad.


Merford provides us with innovative materials and expertise to create pads that effectively reduce noise transmission without compromising on the natural feel and sound of drumming.

At Merford, the belief in providing everyone with a healthy, safe, and comfortable living and working environment resonates. In such spaces, sound should never become a hindrance. Merford specializes in eliminating unwanted noise while enhancing the beauty of desired sounds. By partnering with Merford, we ensure that the RD Pads not only excel in their realistic feel, but also make as little noise as possible.


Thomann: music instrument retailer

Thomann, known for their commitment to quality and extensive product selection, helps us source the finest small parts that contribute to the overall excellence of our RD Pads. This collaboration enables us to incorporate top-notch components into our pads, resulting in a practice pad that is both functional and feels like a beautiful piece of furniture.


Together with Thomann, we combine our passion for drumming with their expertise in the industry, enhancing the quality of our RD Pads. Through this partnership, we strive to create practice pads that surpass expectations and provide drummers with the tools they need to excel in their craft.


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All the partners we have partnerships with for crafting our RD Pads


Rubio Monocoat: natural wood finishing

At Rudimental Drummers, we believe offering you a personalized practice pad that reflects your personality helps you stay dedication to your craft, and that's why we collaborate with Rubio Monocoat. They provide us with a wide range of color coatings, allowing us to create RD Pads that match your individual style.


At Rubio Monocoat, they believe in treating wood with respect. Their aim is to enhance the natural beauty of wood and protect it with their high-quality oils. Furthermore, they have a deep respect for nature, and they strive to deliver the best quality products.


Through our collaboration with Rubio Monocoat, we can provide you with RD Pads that not only offer exceptional performance but also showcase the beauty of wood in colors that speak to your individuality.


Doosopmaat.nl: customized packaging solutions

Of course, we understand the importance of delivering our practice pads safely to your doorstep. That's why we collaborate with Doosopmaat.nl to create the perfect custom packaging for each pad. Doosopmaat.nl specializes in providing tailor-made boxes, reducing unnecessary waste and ensuring that your pad arrives securely and eco-friendly without taking up too much space, minimizing excess materials and unnecessary costs.




In the creation of our RD Pads, we embark on a remarkable journey of collaboration and partnership, weaving together a tapestry of organizations driven by excellence, innovation, and a shared vision for a better world. Each partner plays a vital role in the production chain, contributing their expertise and values to create practice pads that transcend the boundaries of ordinary practice pad experiences.


We are part of a movement that strives for inclusivity, craftsmanship, sustainability, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. Our partnerships ripple through the drumming community and resonate with a broader vision of a world where craftsmanship is celebrated, and where the power of collaboration unlocks the extraordinary.

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