«Argo» Nikos Sidirokastritis
Since the 80s, when I started to study Rudiments, I had two options: I could use either the practice pad or the snare drum. The feel of the rubber on the practice pad annoyed me, while the reverberation of the drum started to weary me after some time. So, for many years I practiced upon a piece of wood. However, wear and tear was a problem.
Expertly and gently, Gavrilos combined for me wood, hide and strings, creating an instrument with all the qualities of the snare drum, but also with a sharp clarity, softness, tone, as well as durability, since the hide can be changed in case of damage.
It will be named Argo, so as to travel the great world of Rudiments with whomever wishes to embark on this adventure.