In the late 1950s Tom
Flores was already years ahead of his time. He had
no idea that more than 40 years later his drums would by
no means be considered old fashioned. Their classic
stylish design is timeless, it is true there are other
instruments that have not changed over the years,
however, if you look at a violin it is a delicate
instrument and must be treated with great care. Valje
drums were probably one of the most abused instruments
of all, as they were played indoors, outdoors, in the
park, at the beach, dropped, tipped over, caught in a
nightclub fire, rolled down the stairs, and in one
instance in the 1960s survived being run over by a
Volkswagen while in the driveway. They were constantly
tuned under great pressure, and continually pounded on.
The look, sound and feel of his drums are equal to or
better than anything that the market has to offer today.
If you are fortunate enough to own one, then you will
know what I am talking about.
The fact that his drums exist today and are still being
played is a tribute in itself to his innovation in
Now from a private collection, here are a few samples
from the man who set the standard more than 40 years