“Like most people who work in some area of the music business (other than a performer)
I started out wanting to be a rockstar.
Along the way I discovered there are lots of areas in the music world that I was interested in.
One of them was collecting vintage drums and music memorabilia.
These interests evolved into opening Donn Bennett Drum Studio in 1996. DBDS is a drum school and store in Bellevue WA.
The store is a full line Five Star Drum Shop but also specializes in vintage and collectible drums.
Our customers include some of the biggest drummers of our time. It’s been an amazing experience getting to work closely with so many of the drummers who have influenced me for my entire life.
Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts and Alan White are just a few of our regular customers.
Over the years I amassed a huge collection of drums, cymbals, sticks, heads, autographs and artifacts from these great drummers.
Much of the collection is on display in the shop but most of it is packed away in boxes as there is simply not enough room to display it all.
In October of 2013 I decided to sell the shop and focus entirely on dealing in rare, and collectible drums and memorabilia.
It took me about 6 months to list much of my collection on my new website.
There’s about 200 items up there now and I’ve probably got as many still left to post.
I keep turning up boxes packed with amazing treasures that I packed up and forgot about years ago.
At first I was reluctant to let go of some of my treasures but I’m actually getting a huge thrill out of meeting other collectors and finding new and appreciative homes for my stuff.
Plus, new stuff keeps finding me.
I used to have to really hunt to find this stuff.
Now it finds it’s way to me.”