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Mark Alexander took up drums in elementary school. He spent many college summers with the US Forest Service River Patrol in Idaho.

Eventually, Mark wedded the two into a portable drum kit providing percussion for our riverside-camp music.

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Jay Vee attended some of Mark’s river trips. When he found himself unemployed in San Luis Obispo (SLO), CA he meditated on Mark’s river drum kit and began to tinker.

Howard Emmons operates Drum Circuit in SLO and is a tinkerer’s facilitator.

Thus, the HIT KIT.


Q: Cynthia in Toledo asks, “Why SLO?

A: It’s not Toledo but it’s pretty nice.

Q: James in a secret location asks, “What colors do the cases come in?

A: So far, black, red, orange, yellow, green, and gold. I get a price discount for accepting whatever colors are at hand from my luggage guy. In turn, HIT KIT customers share in the savings by accepting whatever color I have in-stock to send. Love the one you’re with.

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I, Jay Vee, am HIT KIT (not, I hope, America’s last 1-person enterprise).

I buy rolling suitcases, line the interior for rough travel, 

attach my custom-designed pedal bracket, 

fabricate the snare drums from available shells, 

and set you up with rhythm you can roll on.

We are looking for retailers who will put a HIT KIT on the showroom floor.

Contact JV for more information.