Huge Thank You going out to Bill Dilla for picking up a 1.5 Steel–5.5 x 15 from Music City Asheville. He recently had a lesson with Todd Sucherman in his home studio and he saw one there. Glad there was one still available for you Bill. I don’t do a lot in Gloss White, and they have been really popular. It was great to hear how much you are enjoying that drum…And will look forward to staying in touch with you. The pics you did are excellent as well. Thanks Again for everything, and Thank You Todd Sucherman as always. Also a big Thanks to Jerry Lyda at Music City Asheville for carrying my gear….

“Just arrived! Beier 5.5 x 15 white snare drum. It sounds just as amazing as it looks! Looks like I will be spending all day at the kit playing this beauty!”

“Absolutely love this Beier snare!”



I just wanted to add a note in my News here. All of you take time out for me, send me pics, keep me updated, forward the latest video, and are so supportive of Beier Drums…It really floors me. I cannot explain how much everything means to me.

This month and last I have, for the first time, fallen behind about a month in updating this section. Right now there is so much material, I am catching up…but am still out about 2-3 weeks. Just wanted to relate that I take the earliest News, and then progress to the latest. Sometimes I will be posting an earlier item, and something new will pop up from the same player and will of course tie that in right away. But I always have, and will, post in order of receiving. Right now I am at the first week of March for posting material that has come in here.

OK. That is off my chest. That has been bothering me every day for the last two weeks! Thank You All….


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I get a lot of correspondence and read posts of comments on my drums these day’s…And I truly love that. Christopher Williams of Accept left one recently that I so appreciated, and just had to acknowledge here. He sat down with Jarred Pope’s 1.5 Steel–6.5 x 14 which I really thought was great. Jarred just recorded a live record with The Damon Johnson Band last weekend with that drum, and will also be taking it on the 2016 Thompson Square Tour. I will be posting on that in the next week. (I am incredibly behind on my News, but am catching up!)

I always enjoy reading Christopher’s posts, and what he is up to. Great drummers are always into something, and he is just always lit up. Whether it is a new set of cymbals, accessory, an upcoming show…There is always something. He is also a great communicator, and widely known as a super nice guy to deal with. Link below for tour dates for Accept, and for a truly excellent interview he did with Metal Shock Finland.

Looking forward to seeing you live Christopher and talking drums soon. Thanks Again for taking time out to sit down with one of my drums, and for your comment..


“I had the chance to sit in and play Jarred Pope’s snare a few nights ago. It sounds beautiful! Great work!”

Christopher Williams


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A big Thanks going out to Rick Smith for his recent comments on Beier Drums. His

“Connecticut Vintage & Custom Drum Show” has been extremely successful since the start, and it always get’s rave reviews from literally everyone. The 2016 show is on April 17th. Link below for details.

Thanks Again Rick for taking time out to comment on my drums…That was great of you to do. I wish I could come out this year for the show, but cannot. Next year, well…I am planning on it already…!

“Hi Jim. Kudos on making some very nice snare drums! I have seen them at Drum Center Of Portsmouth, and Steve Maxwell’s. The sound samples I’ve heard are great, they have that nice thick metal sound…”

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Sam Lumsden recently had a gig in a haunted castle in Dingwall, Highlands of Scotland: Tulloch Castle. The present structure dates to the 16th century, and the history of the castle dates back as far as the 12th century when the Bains, and later the Clan Davidson laid claims to the land.

As always, he had his 1.5 Steel–5.5 x 14 with him. Sam keeps an extremely busy schedule teaching at his school (First Class Drums), and with live performance. He has used a 1.5 Steel–5.5 x 14 as his main for a number of years, and in numerous settings. That also includes the latest record from Sharky Sharky which I tremendously appreciated. He also has 1.5 Steel–5.5 x 15 that he has used as well. Interesting as well…he is yet another player who is using Aquarian Heads these days. The Vintage Series in particular I hear about from players all of the time-Sam included. Last month I sent out four drums with their White Texture Coated & Classic Clear Bottom Heads. I have to say, I am a life-long Remo supporter. But….These heads are extremely impressive, and the quality of them is far and beyond anything I have used in the industry. The batter heads are a 10 mil head, and they produce a very natural and open sound. The snare side heads are 3 mil.

Thanks Again my friend for these pics. Have enjoyed our discussions lately and always value your thoughts a great deal. I have a handful of people that I go to for serious advice, and your one of them. You always seem to make perfect sense to me. Gotta tell you…These pics are incredible! Thanks as well to Graham Mackenzie Photography for permission to use these images….

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Pat McDonald has a nice feature on him coming out in Modern Drummer in the May issue, and is mentioned on the cover as well. I am so looking forward to getting this and reading it, and was so happy about this. Congrats as well to H. Aaron Strickland on your writing, and Joey Tanner for your photography.

My business has put me in a variety of musical settings, and has taken me a lot of places. From players in all styles of music, from tech’s, to FOH engineers, to seemingly everyone no matter where I am at….His name brings a huge Thumbs Up from everyone. Monte Yoho & David Dix of The Outlaws know him well as The Outlaws did a lot of shows with Charlie Daniels over the years. They both told me years ago that “Pat McDonald is one the finest drummers….Anywhere”. They both just love watching him play. Michael Foster and Bill Leverty of Firehouse knew him in the early years in Florida, and both were totally blown away. Michael told me he told him he was way too good to be there, and needed to go to Nashville. And Bill followed with that he was probably working the minute he parked his car in Nashville. Michael Grando from Joe Diffie’s band said the same thing to me…The guy is amazing. I had a tech message me one night…he was filling in at a venue. He opened Pat’s cases and saw two of my snare drums. He had never seen him live before. And of course, he was floored after the show. Everyone…No matter where you are….Has the same thing to say: This guy is a Maestro.

I have had the good fortune to have Pat playing my gear for some time now. He uses a 6.5 x 14 as his main, and also has a 5.5 x 14 as an auxiliary, which he has also used as a main as well. He also has a 4 x 15 which he has used live. The only snare drums he tours with are mine, and he truly loves playing them. He has said to me on several occasions: “The only snare drums up on that riser are yours…”

Thank You Pat McDonald For Everything…See you this Summer….

“Drummers….You ever have one of those nights where your whole kit just sounded amazing because your snare drum was just PERFECT? Fat, crisp, clean and the absolute picture of what a snare is supposed to sound like inside your drum kit? Yeah, once again, James Beier’s handiwork reigns supreme, and my 6.5 x 14 Beier Snare felt, played and sounded like diamonds covered in gold raining from the sky. That happens a lot lately. Jim, you are a master. No lie. Thanks for another dose of inspiration my friend!”

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Recently received a great shot of Elliott Paulin (Dustin Lynch, Jared Ashley, Suzi Orevic, Clay Underwood) live with his 1.5 Steel–5.5 x 14. Elliott is a seasoned Nashville veteran who is based out of Milwaukee now, and he has been using this drum for two years. He is behind the kit for arguably one of the best bands in the region: Rebel Grace. Had a great discussion with him the last time I saw him, and he is extremely knowledgeable & skilled in virtually all aspects of drumming.

Looking forward to seeing you soon Elliott, and Thanks Again for always having that drum with you. As well…Thank You to Photography By Ryan for permission to use this photo. Great shot Ryan!


Elliott Paulin (Dustin Lynch, Jared Ashley, Suzi Orevic, Clay Underwood)-Live with Rebel Grace-Milwaukee-2016-Beier 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14.. Image by Photography By Ryan...



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