Anyone know of the best way to contact Ayotte? I've sent them an email about a week ago regarding any dealers in Australia, but nothing.
Any help would be appreciated.
just call them up~ they have a phone number on the website.
I wouldn't expect e-mails to be returned, phone is the only way these days.
Though nothing this horrific, I too had a tough time contacting Ayotte when I was shopping for my latest kit, so...whatever. It's a shame when a company that once had such potential to dominate the North American market(yes Ayotte was once poised to crush DW), has been mismanaged into near-oblivion.
Originally Posted by Darin Fournier
I was under the impression that Ayotte closed up shop completely, don't quote me on that... That is a hell of a horror story, PYRRHO. Its a real shame, because I would agree that they could have dominated the market (high end, anyway) because they made the best sounding drums I've ever heard.
After I heard Ray Ayotte left, the whole company has slowly fallen down hill fast. It's a shame because it carries his name.
Originally Posted by PYRRHO
I played one once and it did sound great. It's too bad that things have ended up like this.
I did send an email to Randy after you asked me about it...never heard back. I now they're moving their shop right now and are gearing up for some big things, so hopefully they'll get back on track and no more horror stories will occur....they're are the best drums I've ever owned or played, and it would be a real shame for them to fizzle out.
C-Monster, I appreciate all you've tried to help me out. Maybe I have my information wrong, but I thought Ayotte already moved a little while ago?
They moved years back, and are now moving again. When I talked to Randy, he seemed really stoked on the future, so fingers crossed...
Originally Posted by 017
I'll let you know if I hear back, but they are literally in the process of moving the entire shop right now, so it would probably be best to just keep on calling/emailing them. I'll drop him another email right now...
On the other hand, there's a wood-hoop keppy on the ebay right now...only at $450...I know you want a 6.5, but it might end up going for a really good price, and like i said, the 5.5 is huge sounding.
I know you're in australia, but I could always help you out with bidding on it and shipping it over if you want. Let me know...
I, too, was given the run-around by Ayotte a couple years ago. Waited forever for a 10x8 replacement tom for my Cabernet Fade "Pro" kit and discovered shortly after that one of the hoops on my 12x9 were out-of-round. My experience with their customer service was so poor that I sold the kit long before my replacement tom actually showed up... ten months after I'd been promised it.
I would definitely buy a Ray-era kit as the concept behind Ayotte drums is incredible, but the new owner will NEVER get my business again.
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1972 Ludwig Hollywood outfit, Black Oyster Pearl (12x8/13x9/16x16/22x14).
1973 Premier B303 outfit, Polychromatic Gold (12x8/13x9/16x16/22x14).
2005 Sonor Delite, Birdseye Cherry (10x9/12x10/14x12/16x16/22x18).
I was always under the impression whether during the Ray days or post-Ray, Ayotte always delivered defect-free drums. I knew customer service was always their downfall, but it seems to have dropped to a non-existent level since Ray left.
Apparently Ray Ayotte is going to launch his new company RAYA Drums one of these days. No idea when, though. I might hold out (not like I can do much else at this point) and see what he offers.