Why so many drum products are out of stock

IBitePrettyHard

Senior Member
S-Hoops have been out of stock for seemingly forever. (Specifically the 14" 8 hole variety in chrome) It seems like it's been close to a year now! So I emailed Drum Factory Direct to ask them if they knew why. Their response could shed some light on why so many products are out of stock right now. (especially products from Taiwan)

"I believe that this is mainly a supply chain issue, as well as a transit problem. Factories in Taiwan (where most of this stuff is manufactured) are getting hit by another spike in Covid, so they are shutting back down.​
Our industry (as well as most other industries) is also having trouble securing containers to ship parts in. There is a major shortage of shipping containers right now, so a lot of companies are having trouble getting their products into the country."​
 

C.M. Jones

Well-known member
I suspect that drumhead orders have also seen a boost over the last year, even though gigs have been scarce. The pandemic has been an epoch of experimentation for many drummers. We've had the downtime to try things we might not have troubled with previously.
 

bermuda

Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
Staff member
Our industry (as well as most other industries) is also having trouble securing containers to ship parts in. There is a major shortage of shipping containers right now, so a lot of companies are having trouble getting their products into the country.

And in some cases, there are additional delays at "the port" while observing covid safety protocols. although that usually entails weeks rather than months of delay.
 

Scottie15

Senior Member
Same thing as appliances, wood, PVC, cars, and everything else: thebjmkacrs of COVID has destroyed the supply chain.
 

The Shepherd

Well-known member
I've been waiting for 13" and a 16" coated emperor heads for 4 months now. Coated emperors, it's not like they are rare or anything.

Yes, things are a bit messed up I'd say.
 

Fritz Frigursson

Senior Member
I've been waiting for 13" and a 16" coated emperor heads for 4 months now. Coated emperors, it's not like they are rare or anything.

Yes, things are a bit messed up I'd say.
you know there’s a problem when your drum store doesn’t stock AMBASSADORS

it’s a real problem, i think i’m going to have to be careful with my drum heads because i’m going to be out of options when they break
 

someguy01

Well-known member
There are many countries that manufacture items we use that are still locked down which effects production and export (see: Canada, lumber). There are disruptions along the entire supply chain right down to the raw materials that are mined. Patience is even more of a virtue lately. To give one example from my industry: Toro is so far behind in production due to material shortfalls that orders for the Reelmaster 3550 mower won't get filled until January 2022 at the earliest.
All products are having supply issues, it's not just drums.
Think about how many products use zinc, copper, steel, etc and how behind those mining operations are.
 

Darth Vater

Senior Member
I've had luck ordering heads and sticks directly from manufacturers. I don't know what manufacturers have that option, but I use Aquarian heads and Regal tip sticks, both of which will sell direct.
I was thinking about the myriad of online drum product vendors as well.
 
it’s a real problem, i think i’m going to have to be careful with my drum heads because i’m going to be out of options when they break
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