Meinl is the main brand of the cymbal and percussion instrument manufacturer Roland Meinl Percussion, which is based in Gutenstetten, Germany. Roland Meinl founded the company in 1951, which quickly became known for fiberglass congas and plywood gongs. This idea of using modern materials for musical applications set the tone for the company, who continues to develop new and improved percussion instruments. Meinl is consistently leading in research and development by talking and listening to percussionists, which allows Meinl to continue to set a standard in the percussion world. Some of Meinl’s innovations include the Free Ride System for bongos, the Floatune Tuning System for timbales and djembes, as well as professional stands for congas, djembes, and bongos.
Meinl only uses quality materials in their manufacturing. Meinl cymbals are crafted with 6 different alloys, which is more than any other cymbal maker currently uses. The combination of alloys allows Meinl to offer one of the widest selections of basic cymbal sound characteristics. Meinl drums only use wood from environmentally controlled forests or industrial wood plantations. Meinl strictly observes the CITES regulations set forth in the “Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora,” which means that not only do they care about the quality of their materials, but also how their manufacturing affects the world around them.
Meinl is consistently known as a percussion company built for percussionists, by percussionists. Most of the Meinl executive and creative team consists of drummers, as does most of the production team. In fact, they are known to pay for drum lessons for employees who are not currently drummers. This dedication to employees, creativity, learning and quality products make a difference you can hear.