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Adams Marimba
Adams Marimba

Contact Information


Frans Swinkels (General Director)
Sjonnie van Eeten (Sales)
Ruud Corstjens (Sales)
Aaron Hunt (Sales / Technical Service)

Phone: +31(0) 475 560700

Post Address
P.O. Box 3514
NL-6017 ZG Thorn
The Netherlands
Visiting Address
Head Office:
Aziëstraat 17-19
6014 DA Ittervoort

Company Information

André Adams, trumpet player with brass band St. Michaël from Thorn, and military musician with the brass band of the Engineering Corps, started his career as a repairman of wind instruments, for which he was educated in Brussels (Belgium) and Nauheim (Germany). When he had successfully completed these studies, he started as a self-employed instrument repairman, operating from his parents' shed. And while busy repairing, the question whether or not to start selling instruments kept cropping up. Adams' customers - musical societies and musicians - felt that where musical instruments were repaired, they should also be sold. The concept of a music shop was born and in 1970, Thorn was able to welcome Muziekcentrale Adams. [1]

André Adams, our founder, started repairing brass instruments in 1970. Music was his hobby, and engineering was his passion. After gaining experience as an instrument maker with various well-known firms throughout Europe, his unique background led to the emergence of one of the world’s largest manufacturers of percussion instruments. [2]

Adams in Belgium

In 1975, a second subsidiary was founded in Hasselt, Belgium, to serve the company's many Belgian customers. In 1989, this subsidiary moved to a larger premises in Diest and became a public limited company. In 2010, a second shop was opened, called Drumworld. This business is located diagonally across the first one and is a specialist shop for drummers and percussionists. In the ‘old’ shop, you will find all wind instruments and classical concert percussion instruments.

Today, Adams Muziekcentrale in Diest has grown into a reputable company with a regular clientele that includes many Belgian professional orchestras and musicians, brass bands, music schools and conservatories, traders and private musicians.

The success of this business is without a doubt based on the company's vision and motto, which is to be the ultimate specialist in percussion and wind instruments. Its most important assets are: professional advice, extensive stock levels, and a dedicated repair department.

Collaboration with professionals The shed at the back of the house soon proved too small. Adams purchased a plot at the Casino in Thorn, where he built a house, a shop and a factory - with a total floor area of 800 m2. The production of kettledrums proved to be a good move. Many professional kettledrummers became interested and gladly shared their visions on the manufactured products. Collaboration with professionals has always played an important part in the development and continuous improvement of instruments. From the very first, it led to high-quality instruments that were sold around the world, for example by way of international music exhibitions.

Latest addition Within a few decades, the Adams concern has grown into a leading, international organisation with a regular clientele that includes many professional orchestras and musicians, traders, and private musicians and musical associations. In addition to kettledrums, the Adams factory also manufactures marimbas, vibraphones, xylophones, concert bass drums, tubular chimes, and glockenspiels. These and other products are marketed around the world by numerous international traders. Also in Limburg, the Netherlands, Adams has a specialised shop for percussion and wind instruments: Adams Muziekcentrale. [3]








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