Played by some of the highest-profile marching ensembles in the world, Kanstul marching brass provides the response and durability necessary for modern field and street performance. These instruments are designed to enhance the musical experience for all levels of players and in in a variety of circumstances -- from drum corps in the summer months to marching and football season in the fall.
A horn's mouthpiece is where it all starts. It's the point of human connection between the creator and his instrument; where life breathes into the inanimate. For the designers at Tama by Kanstul the importance and sensitivity of the mouthpiece is paramount. By incorporating time-tested designs that have evolved over the last century, with the most current tools today's technology has to offer, they have developed high-quality, professional level mouthpieces that pair up with the outstanding line of Tama brass marching instruments.Click For More
In the world of brass instruments, no one can compare to Kanstul.
That's a bold claim. But it's true. We often hear: "If Kanstul is the best, how come I haven't heard of them?" The fact is, among those who know and grew up with Kanstul, the name is spoken with reverence. It's a name synonymous with the highest level of hand craftsmanship in the realm of brass instruments.
To understand why Kanstul isn't a household name, you need to know something about the company's history and its mastermind, Zigmant "Zig" Kanstul.
In the early 1950s, a young piecework horn builder with exceptional manual dexterity and a genius for efficiency caught the attention of managers at the famous F.E. Olds brass factory. Industry legends themselves, their mentorship provided the launching pad for Zig's career. After many years of serving in several industry management posts, Kanstul Musical Instruments was born and from then on, Zig never looked back.
Like the virtuoso musician who can't wait to tackle the toughest score, Zig's greatest satisfaction comes from building unique instruments that other larger manufacturers shun. When the U.S. Marine Band needed a dozen "fanfare" trumpets with a three-foot-long bell, all roads led to Kanstul. When entertainment legend Herb Alpert hatched an idea for an innovative trumpet that other manufactures labeled impossible , Kanstul seized the opportunity to design and build the unorthodox instrument.
This adventurous spirit, coupled with Zig's passion for perfection, and his lengthy and respected career as a builder quickly earned Kanstul the reputation of being the "Rolls Royce" of brass instruments.
As part of Kanstul's continual expansion, the horn builder entered the student instrument market in the early 80's. But Zig soon saw a storm coming from the direction Far East. Eager to quickly become the industry leaders, these giants took a strategy of "buying the market," giving away thousands of instruments-a game in which Kanstul viewed as a slow race to the bottom. The beginner horn business was never to be the same. Zig decided to "get out" while he still could. "Instead of losing money in the commodity market, we decided to just focus on products no one else could or would build," he stated.
As you can see, Kanstul's business model is tempered by a calling of the artisan where the motivation is less about "taking market share" and more about building truly great instruments. So when the tsunami of mass produced brass instruments began rolling over the US, Zig and his crew continued as they always had, servicing serious players whose passion for quality was as strong as Kanstul's.
In late 2012, Zig Kanstul found himself in a series of discussions with Tama that would put him and his company in the position of being able to partner with one the most prestigious, innovative percussion manufacturers on the planet. Like many artists, he relished the opportunity to leave time-draining administrative chores to a trusted partner, and focus on his original mission: To lead a team of the world's greatest horn makers. With their shared vision for building the best instruments money can by, Tama has stepped in to carry the fire forward with an exclusive line of marching brass instruments, designed and crafted by Kanstul.