The first thing percussionists notice when they open the shipping container of a new MOPERC is how well-constructed the drum is. The seams are tight. The hardware is smooth. The skins are perfectly mounted. Precision all the way around. And, when the first tones are coaxed from the new drum, it becomes immediately clear that the warmth of the opens, the crack the slaps and the depth of the bass notes combine with that precise construction to create what most accept to be perfection in a hand drum.
When Michel Ouellet began making drums more than 30 years ago he went through a lot of trial and error, continually refining his processes by making drums for his friends and a few customers, and by the time Francis purchased the MOPERC Business in 2018 the shop was producing nearly 100 drums annually. However, with Francis’ keen acumen for worldwide marketing and his drive to grow the business by 300%, the need for skilled employees who could keep up with the demand while maintaining unequaled quality grew exponentially.
Today, in 2022, the MOPERC team consists of 4 experienced and enthusiastic young artisans who come to work daily with a passion in their hearts to handcraft some of the best sounding and most highly prized Afro-Cuban drums in the industry and I thought you might like to meet them. They are MOPERC’s most important asset.