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!