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Nardi Nut: A drummer's best friend

Article by Jillian Mitchell // March 01 2014
Nardi Nut: A drummer's best friend

Wing nuts, wing nuts, everywhere. As anyone who has ever lost a cymbal nut knows, finding it is no walk in the park. For drummer Joe Nardi, this precise challenge presented an opportunity, of all things—and ultimately a solution for frustrated drummers everywhere. 

“I tried all kinds of stuff," says Nardi, a Vancouver-Island-based drummer turned entrepreneur, of the rogue wing nut dilemma. “Over the years I thought, Gosh there’s got to be something better than this. So I thought, Okay I’m going to do my own thing—and my God, I got it.” 

Enter the Nardi Nut, a one-of-a-kind easy-to-use cymbal mount to replace all those easy-to-loose pieces—namely, felts, wing nut, cymbal sleeve and any cymbal washers. Made of rubber, the product is pliable and has a lip at the top to allow a cymbal to be slipped on with ease but will not fall off even with aggressive playing. The Nardi Nut will fit most cymbal stands however Nardi cautions that older stands from the 60's and 70's may not be a fit with his product.   

“It’s all one piece,” adds Nardi of his innovative product. “You slip your cymbal on and then it stays on. I’ve designed the Nardi Nut so it’s friction fit. The centre will never come off; it grabs on to the thread of the rod and it won’t let go.” 

The minute Nardi sat down with the product’s first prototype, which he designed with the help of a local craftsman, he was hooked. “The first thing I noticed was the clarity in the cymbal,” he recalls. “I know that felts are used for a reason, but to me, they choke the cymbal. As soon as I heard the [difference with the Nardi Nut] I said, ‘We’re going with it.’” 

In addition to cymbal clarity, the Nardi Nut offers many perks, including the ability to protect the cymbal from wear and tear. It also facilitates effortless set-up and take-down. Nardi also contends that his product will last for many years. "For the past four years I have used them, literally every day." 

Currently available in black and for any sized cymbal.




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About the Author
Jillian Mitchell

As a professional vocalist (and self-professed grammar nerd), Jill brings a fresh perspective to The Black Page. In addition to earning a B.A. in music, creative writing and English, Jill has also studied vocals with Philadelphia-based vocal coach Owen Brown, known for his work with Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, and Wyclef Jean. Jill makes up the other half of world soul group The Mitchells, alongside Black Page creator, Sean Mitchell.

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