As we arrived on D’Addario’s campus there was a buzz in the air. People knew we were coming to film and there was an exciting energy amongst everyone in the office. After we checked in, we met up with Jim D’Addario who gave us safety goggles and instructions as we entered the string factory. I was instantly amazed by the vast wilderness of machinery and factory workers engaged in producing the accessories that I’ve used my entire life. Wheels and cogs were spinning; wire was being pulled from spools. See all that and more in the factory tour video below!

D’Addario | String Factory Tour

Interview with Jim D’Addario

After our string tour, we stopped off into a room with D’Addario accessories adorning every inch of the walls. Jim sat down to tell us a bit about the business and his family’s rich history. It’s interesting to see how closely the success of D’Addario parallels that of Sam Ash’s. Learn all this and more in the interview below!

Evans Drums | Factory Tour

Our day ended much like it began by crossing the street and entering one of many buildings out of which D’Addario produces their many products. This time, we were headed to Evans to see how their drum heads are manufactured. This time, with child like amusement, I watched as the hoops were torched, and heads where spun and sprayed. See all that and more in the Evans Drums factory tour below!

D’Addario Accessories

D’Addario is without a doubt the most prolific manufacturer of musical instrument accessories on the planet. We are very fortunate to have a great relationship with their amazing family. To check out all of their accessories, see the link below.


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Dave Stutts
Dave Stutts is a native of the greater Hampton Roads area of Virginia. He received his Bachelors of Music degree in Theory & Composition from the prestigious Christopher Newport University music school. He is a music composer living and working in New York City. He specializes in orchestral/symphonic work as well as pop and digital music. His scoring work has ranged from Chamber Ensemble pieces (String Quartets/Brass Quintets), larger ensembles compositions (Wind Ensemble/Symphony Orchestra/String Orchestra), as well as short film and video game work.He is also a songwriter and a regular gigging musician in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. He refers to his style as Pop/Rock and Blues. His musical career began when he started playing guitar at age 5. He later progressed to Bass in middle school, Drums in High School, and finally Percussion and Piano in college. When asked, he has cited Michael Giacchino, Hans Zimmer, and John Williams as his major film and video game inspirations, and John Mayer as his primary pop inspiration.