In 2003, A&F President, Ramy Antoun, was invited to join Seal as his drummer. When given the songs to learn, Ramy took it upon himself to recreate the electronic loops on the records with live drums, matching the electronic drum sound with acoustic drums. For one specific song, he reached for a 1920's era banjo, disassembled it, and used the thin short brass shell as a snare. He grabbed two Remo heads, a couple vintage brass hoops, a handful of clips, and single tension rods.
Ten minutes later, his first Pancake snare was born. Flash forward 13 years, the Pancake snare is a new addition to the A&F Drum Co. snare drum collection. With a handmade 1.5" deep raw brass shell in 12", 14", & 16" diameters, add handmade raw brass hoops, single tension tuning rods w/clips, heads and a beer tap throw/butt plate. Simple design, practical application, brilliant sound!
Simple Design, Practical Application, Brilliant Sound…these are the pillars that Antoun & Family Drum Co. (A&F) is built upon.
What began as personal mission to make one drum, has now become a legacy drum manufacturing company. Founder and President Ramy Antoun began his career as a studio drummer in Los Angeles in 1996 when he got a call to come into the studio and record live break beats for an “up and coming” rap group. The session spanned five evenings and resulted in the first Black Eyed Peas Album. From there, Ramy went on to record and perform with hundreds of artists including Seal, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Willie, Nelson, Ed Kowalczyk of the band LIVE, Alexi Murdoch, Glen Phillips, Buckethead, Bonnie Raitt, and more. 25 years in the studio became the foundation of A&F Drum Co.’s sound, design, and aesthetic.