........This crisply presented book is designed as both exhaustive technical reference for Hayman restorers/collectors and as an enthralling insight into the 1970s UK music/drum industry".......

Geoff Nicholls, author of The Drum Book, writing in the November 2016 edition of Rhythm magazine 


This morning I was made aware that good things are worth waiting for. Over the years it's fair to say that I have amassed a large collection of "drum" books and whilst US and German makers are well represented, any comprehensive works about British makers have been in short supply. Now that deficiency has been addressed. The Hayman Drum Book has arrived. It is my pleasant duty to present an entirely unofficial and unsolicited review of this excellent publication. Nigel Constable and Bob Henrit have meticulously researched the brand and the result is a well produced and thoroughly readable account of an exciting time in British drum history.

The designers, players, manufacturers and retailers that played a large part in this story are all mentioned. Over the years that I have been involved (I attended my first drum clinic in 1936 at the age of 10!) in the drum business as a player and business of drums, this book with its high quality printing and photo reproduction is as good as and in most cases, better than many of the US and Continental books that are available.

Anyone, whether they are drummers, or just merely interested in the "pop" scene of the 60s/70s will find this book a really good read.

Roy Holliday, formerly Managing Director, Pearl UK


Other readers' comments:

"A work of art! It has been a treat to read the story about Hayman drums....I recommend this book, not just to Hayman drummers, but also to those of you that are interested in a well-written part of drum history. Thank you for writing it."

"My copy of the book arrived today, and it's all I can do to stop myself sacking off the rest of the day to read it." 

"A fantastic read. Thanks."

"This book is wonderful, it's simply fantastic! Thanks for the effort and the joy!"

"A very enjoyable read full of great facts and anecdotes. I loved it."

"Just finished the book, what a great insight, well done."

"Nice weekend reading, the Hayman bible!"

"Great work on the Hayman book, fascinating stuff."

"Received my Hayman book today and didn't put it down until I hit the last page. Very informative and well written. Thank you."

"Great job with the Hayman Drum Book."

"It's such an enjoyable read!"

"Really enjoyed reading the Hayman book over the weekend. It gives a great insight into the companies and key people - as well as the drums themselves."

"Excellent book. Really enjoyed reading it well done and thanks."

"Thanks to Bob Henrit and Nigel Constable. Great job on the new Hayman book, the full Hayman story from the start to its demise. A MUST buy for all you Hayman fans and vintage drum nuts. From this I could accurately date my George Hayman..."

"Have hardly put the book down since it arrived….great job, lads!!  I’m thrilled!!  My wife thinks aliens have taken me over…"