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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 14:59 PM

Team Meinl - Behind The Scenes: Uli Eisenmann

laser-unit operator: uli eisenmann

name: uli eisenmann
with meinl since: 1984
current position at meinl: laser-unit operator

ever since we have moved into our new factory in 2003, uli has been operating one of our two laser engraving units. yes, we have two of them. one for cymbals with a size up to 16", and the other one for all cymbals with diameter of 17" and larger. all logos on the byzance extra dry, jazz series and the sand ride, the tribal designs on the generation-x thomas lang series and fx hats, all artist' signatures on the inside bell of their signature rides and hihats, as well benny's cartoon drawing on the trash-hat and sand ride, and last but not least the serial number on every cymbal are all laser engraved. uli is responsible for the set up and configuration of that extremely expensive laser machine.

when uli began at meinl 25 years ago, he was trained at all production steps necessary for cymbal manufacturing. when we started working with our first robot hammering units in the late 80ies, uli was the responsible specialist for operating those highly complicated machines. the expertise he gained and passed on to other workmates during those years has been crucial knowledge for the development of our recent cymbal lines now made here in our new factory.

and on a more personal note: my most memorable experiences with uli have been between 1990 - 1995 during countless convention booth setups where everything is crazy busy and all goes somehow not according to plan:  any technical problem that came up, uli was able to fix it. a leaking sink, electrical problems, a bent door, no matter what, he always had a solution which made everyone's convention-life easier.

to the next 25 years!

Norbert Saemann

Norbert Saemann

With Meinl since 1990. International A&R, Event Management and Marketing

4 responses to "Team Meinl - Behind The Scenes: Uli Eisenmann"

ofir1990 posted on Aug 13, 2009 - 3:39 AM

why you not have a dealers in isreal?

norbert posted on Aug 13, 2009 - 12:53 PM

@ofir1990
thast a good question. i really dont know.
you should ask our distributor in israel where your nearest meinl dealer is. here is their contact info for you:

Budagov Ltd.
5 Gruzenberg St.
56811Tel Aviv
Israel
Phone 972-3510-1128
Fax 972-3510-1129

Ognjen posted on Aug 28, 2009 - 13:49 PM

dear Uli,
since you have been working for long at Meinl I believe you could help me.
Recently I have bought secondhand 20\' ride cymbal. It is silver coated and have quite dark, beautiful sound. Unfortunately (red) letters are almost erased but it seems that it was written STREAM on it.
Could you please help me and send me some basic info on what kind of cymbal I have bought and is there any alike cymbal in Meinl today production regarding alloy and type of sound.Best regards,
Ognjen

norbert posted on Sep 21, 2009 - 13:08 PM

@ognjen
spoke with uli. he says its a \"streamer\" series cymbal we used to make. the material used is nickelsilver. we are currently not making any cymbal from that alloy anymore.

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