A Stick With a Handle

Sometimes you just need to share a great review.  We all do it from time to time, perhaps it’s a new product, a restaurant, a service, a destination or a new recording.  This post is one of these “shout-outs.”

I’m currently finishing up year three of supplying my conducting students with batons made from Chris Blount at Custom Batons.  And simply put, it’s professionalism like this that make all the difference in the world.  Before I share about this years ordering process, here is some background.  As a high school teacher in Charleston (SC), I was fortunate to work with Bob Reynolds at a summer conducting workshop. (This was before my time studying with him at Michigan.)  I was in the market for some new batons and he recommended a baton maker named Charles Olson.  I contacted Charles and sent him a copy of my hand print, the length I was looking for, the type wood I preferred and some specific desires in terms of materials, i.e. cork and neoprene.  What I received in the mail were by far the finest batons I’ve ever owned. Since that day, it’s all I use and is something that I appreciate each time I step on the podium.

Fast forward a few years later and as a teacher I connected with Chris Blout who had taken over the ownership and responsibility of Custom Batons.  Each year Chris has been amazing about providing my students with the finest batons of all shapes and sizes.  The order process has gotten easier each year, even to the point that this year, they purchase via website, making it easier to deal with from a teaching/accounting standpoint. Simply put, I recommend Chris and his company to the highest degree.  He is a true craftsman and focuses on every aspect of what makes a baton more than just and stick with a handle.

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