History

     Sol was originally founded by Akbar Moghaddam nearly two and a half decades ago.  Akbar remains the passion and guiding force of Sol today.  Understanding the history of authentic drum making is one of the many things that sets Akbar and Sol apart. “Knowing the future of hand percussion is only possible if you know where it all started”, chimes Moghaddam. You see, he not only studied the flagship conga brands of the time, he lived it.  In the eighties, he took the production reins at the legendary Valje factory, only to watch it burn to the ground in an accidental fire that destroyed the entire facility and put the company out of business. From the ashes, Sol was born. 

 

     Akbar's small, fledgling shop in San Francisco, California, and soon became the favorite hang out and repair shop for Bay Area pros.  As Sol became more well known for the sound and playability of its instruments, Akbar became an in-demand drum builder.  Drums we’re backordered for months and some of the world’s top players sought out the instruments for their private collections.  In the early 2000s, Sol was purchased by high-end custom drumset makers, Drum Workshop, and the operation moved south to Oxnard, California. DW decided to relaunch the famous Gon Bops brand with Akbar at the helm.  Using history as a template, a reimagined line of percussion instruments was reborn.  Major artists flocked to Gon Bops and the GB story continued. The operation was sold to Canadian cymbal makers, Sabian, some years later.

 

     Now, Sol reemerges with a new life and new spirit.  Dedicated to the art of hand percussion and fueled by a passion to make instruments better than ever before, Akbar and Sol are proud to introduce a new generation of congas, bongos, cajons, unique percussion toys and accessories.  Big on ideas and steeped in the details, Sol has firm grasp on tradition, but also an eye towards the future. 

 

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