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Drumming up business with Williamson Street Drum Works

Adam Cargin's dining room is filled with drums. So is most of the rest of his near-east-side apartment. That's what happens when you put together an online drum business. These aren't any old drums. They're your father's drums, literally. Gorgeous, vintage sets and pieces of all makes and models.

Cargin is one of Madison's busiest performing drummers, working in the studio and on stage with everyone from country singer Whitney Mann to his own pop group, Blueheels. Now he's taking his passion for old kits as well as his skills as a techie, and providing a niche business to local and touring professionals making their way through the Midwest. A website slated to go live this week,, will have contact info, prices and photographs of Cargin's beautiful wares.

The Williamson Street Drum Works is a place to buy that mint-condition 1956 Ludwig snare, but it's also a place to have your own snare refurbished, or to rent an entire backline. Just don't expect Cargin to have a place for you to sit when you visit. Unless it's a drum stool.

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