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Based in Bridgend, South Wales, Cariad Drums has been working tirelessly to bring the drumming world to our local area, since 2015. Cariad offers a wide selection of new/preloved acoustic and electric kits; individual drums; cymbals; hardware; accessories and so much more! We are proud to be main dealers of huge brands, such as: Pearl, Ludwig, Mapex, Sonor, Carlsbro, Ufip, Paiste and loads more.

Cariad’s work doesn’t stop at just selling products, it also includes:

  • Drum tutoring with three experienced teachers
  • Room hires for individuals and bands
  • Cymbal repairs

Run by Leigh Smith, Cariad Drums also involves two other sister companies: Cariad Custom Drums & Leigh Smith Drums. 

Brands at Cariad

Pearl Drums

PEARL Musical Instrument Company, was founded in 1946 by Katsumi Yanagisawa. Pearl is a multinational corporation based in Japan, and is renowned for their quality and value for money. 

Ludwig Drums

The LUDWIG Drum Company was established by brothers, William F. Ludwig Sr. and Theobald Ludwig, in January 1909. Hand crafted in North Carolina, Ludwig offers tradition, craftmanship, and visionary excellence.

Pearl Drums

PEARL Musical Instrument Company, was founded in 1946 by Katsumi Yanagisawa. Pearl is a multinational corporation based in Japan, and is renowned for their quality and value for money. 

Ludwig Drums

The LUDWIG Drum Company was established by brothers, William F. Ludwig Sr. and Theobald Ludwig, in January 1909. Hand crafted in North Carolina, Ludwig offers tradition, craftmanship, and visionary excellence.

Sonor Drums

SONOR Drums Musical Instrument Company was established 1875, making it one of the oldest percussion companies in the world. Sonor strives for innovation and the highest possible quality percussion instruments. 

Sonor Drums

SONOR Drums Musical Instrument Company was established 1875, making it one of the oldest percussion companies in the world. Sonor strives for innovation and the highest possible quality percussion instruments. 

Mapex Drums

Taiwanese brand, MAPEX Drums, was established in 1989 by KHS Musical Instruments. Mapex stands for Music And Percussion EXcellence, which proves true when compared with other drum sets within the same price range.

2Box Drums

Swedish company 2BOX is a newly established manufacturer with focus on useful tools for the performing musician. They specialise in creating user-friendly alternatives to some of the big names in the electronic drum category.

Mapex Drums

Taiwanese brand, MAPEX Drums, was established in 1989 by KHS Musical Instruments. Mapex stands for Music And Percussion EXcellence, which proves true when compared with other drum sets within the same price range.

2Box Drums

Swedish company 2BOX is a newly established manufacturer with focus on useful tools for the performing musician. They specialise in creating user-friendly alternatives to some of the big names in the electronic drum category.

Carlsbro Drums

CARLSBRO was founded in 1959 by Stuart and Sheila Mercer, In the English town of Nottingham, making the company among the very oldest British amplifier and speaker system companies.

Carlsbro Drums

CARLSBRO was founded in 1959 by Stuart and Sheila Mercer, In the English town of Nottingham, making the company among the very oldest British amplifier and speaker system companies.

Paiste Cymbals

PAISTE is a Swiss musical instrument manufacturing company. It is the world’s third largest manufacturer of cymbals, gongs, and metal percussion. Paiste is an Estonian and Finnish word that means “shine”.

UFIP Cymbals

UFIP, an acronym for Unione Fabbricanti Italiani Piatti (Union of Italian Cymbal Manufacturers), is an Italian musical instrument manufacturing company based in Pistoia, Tuscany.  UFIP produces cymbals and gongs.

Paiste Cymbals

PAISTE is a Swiss musical instrument manufacturing company. It is the world’s third largest manufacturer of cymbals, gongs, and metal percussion. Paiste is an Estonian and Finnish word that means “shine”.

UFIP Cymbals

UFIP, an acronym for Unione Fabbricanti Italiani Piatti (Union of Italian Cymbal Manufacturers), is an Italian musical instrument manufacturing company based in Pistoia, Tuscany.  UFIP produces cymbals and gongs.

Meinl Percussion

MEINL Percussion is a manufacturer of percussion instruments based in Gutenstetten, Germany. The company’s cymbal production is one of the “big four” manufacturers of cymbals

Meinl Percussion

MEINL Percussion is a manufacturer of percussion instruments based in Gutenstetten, Germany. The company’s cymbal production is one of the “big four” manufacturers of cymbals

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Testimonials

“Really great guys, super friendly. Really helped to find exactly what I wanted/needed. Highly recommended! Service was fantastic! They even tuned my entire kit to help show me the sound I was looking for after having it reskinned. Really comfortable environment, and surrounded by some really awesome gear. Cheers”

I had a great welcome to the Cariad Drum store today, where Leigh gave me a guided tour of the new drum store. I was so impressed with Leigh’s ambition and vision for Cariad Drums and would strongly recommend that all local drummers check it out. You certainly won’t be disappointed!!

Great Knowledge, fantastic service and positive attitude. leigh is at the helm of the family run business, bringing years of personal experience and know-how. I and loads of questions, which he went out of his way to answer fully and promptly, yet, as other people have mentioned, without the big sell! Cheers!”

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