Endorsers and Comments

Alan Cumberland    
2 September 1945 - 4 December 2016

(1999-2015) Head of Woodwind, Brass and Percussion, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
(1987-1998)  Senior Lecturer in Timpani and Percussion, Queensland Conservatorium, Australia 
(1967-1987)  Principal Timpanist, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London, England 

A great timpanist, teacher, friend and inspiration for my timpani sticks.  Alan helped enormously in the development of my timpani sticks through his constant desire to achieve the best possible sound from the timpani.  I will be forever grateful for his patience and encouragement in testing the many prototype designs which I offered for his appraisal.  

  
A selection of recent letters and emails


Andrey Zubov
Solo Timpanist State Symphony Orchestra “Novaya Rossiya" Russia

9/3/2017
Dear David,
Thank you for this real masterwork – I guess these timpani sticks are deemed to be the most perfect among any ones I’ve ever tried. Your method of smooth roll equal seamless winding is genius indeed. Stick balance is marvelous. Sound evolution can be reached thanks to all these factors. Again, thank you for your work. Hope for our cooperation in future.

18/3/2017
Dear David
That's a great pleasure for me to enter a big international elitist family of timpany musicians, which are admirers of your marvelous artwork!  ... One more time I'd like to say you thanks for these pieces of masterwork! 
At each performance I listen to rave comments from timpany musicians, orchestra participants, and different
conductors. They notice sounding revolution on my timpany. No doubt that this fact shall be deemed to be the reward for our mutual work with you.  Some orchestra musicians ask me: "Have you got a new timpany?" I answer:
"No, I've just got new sticks!" Hearty greetings from Russia!


Best regards,
Zubov Andrey

21/11/2017
Dear David,
I received my sticks today and they are amazing! Thank you so much for everything.
My very best wishes,
AH Austria

20/10/2017
Hi David,
Arrived home today to find the package awaiting me! Thank you so much for making and delivering them so quickly, I really appreciate the extra effort!
Thanks again,
JB UK

16/10/2017
Hi David,
Many thanks for the sticks, which arrived last week.  They look and feel excellent - as always - and I look forward to getting into the studio with them very soon :)
Best
JB UK

25/9/2017
Hello David,
I' d like to say thank you for the new 470 kk, which I' m playing quite a while. It sounds great and is a pleasure to play and I'm happy to have him in my bag.
Thank you again for your help and best wishes,
WJ Germany

26/8/2017
Sticks arrived safely David! They are magnificent as always!
Cheers
TC Australia

10/8/2017
Dear David,
thank you so much for your amazing work and kind words !!! I received
the sticks,  and will contact you as soon as I need to buy more of your fantastic products !!!
All the best
TE Germany

19/7/2017
Dear Mr Morbey
...Thank you very much for your helps and support.  The mallets look and sound great.
Sincerely,
BK Malaysia

19/4/2017
David
...I have greatly enjoyed using your sticks, they work very well for me. I am often asked who made them and I happily send them your way! 
TR USA

21/3/2017
Hello David,
I continue to be very pleased with your sticks, I used them exclusively for many recent concerts, I find them very satisfying in every way. Great feel and a great sound.
All the best,
DS USA

15/3/2017
Dear David, 
Perfect ! I received the sticks in the meantime. They seem brand new [refelted]. now im gonna try them on. Thank you for your work.
Regards, 
LD France

21/12/2016
Hi David
I'm pleased to confirm receipt of the sticks, thank you so much for the "rush" order, S... will be delighted!
Best regards
MJ UK

17/12/2016
Dear David,
Just to let you know that the sticks have arrived this morning, thank you very much for your excellent service.
Kindest regards
EJ UK

13/12/2016
Dear David
Thank you for the sticks which were beautifully made as ever. So sorry to hear about Alan Cumberland's passing- what an inspiration he was and a lovely man to boot.
Hope you are well and we send our best wishes to you
NH UK

13/12/2016
Dear David,
the sticks just arrived. What can I say? WOW!! :-) Amazing sticks, superb treatment, incredible sound! As usual! Thank you so much!!! I'm looking forward to play them in our hall!
All the best for you!
AW Germany

6/12/2016
Dear David
Delighted to report that Beethoven 3 went splendidly with the new sticks
you made for me. The conductor commented on the sound! Thank you once again.
very best wishes
SB UK

11/11/2016
Dear David
Thank you so much for making and getting the sticks to us so quickly.  R... used them for the first time this evening at a rehearsal for Tuesday, and he is absolutely thrilled with them.  Best wishes
AM UK

5/10/2016
Dear David,
Thank you for your sticks, the sounds of the sticks are really wonderful.
EF Hong Kong

4/10/2016
Good to hear from you David...
I use your sticks all the time and love playing with them. 
With all best wishes as ever.
NH UK

6/9/2016
Dear David,
I couldn't ask for better service and really appreciate your quick response.
All the best,
JF UK

5/9/2016
Hi David
Sticks have arrived safely - many thanks for such a quick service.
All the best
BF UK

24/7/2016
Hi David, 
Just to let you know that the sticks arrived yesterday... I’ve already had a bit of a hit with them, and as always they’re fantastic! I’m particularly keen to start using the “FF”s as I haven’t really used them in the past, but they sound wonderful already. We’re touring to China shortly and I’m keen to have the A-Team up and running, so they will definitely be making the trip.
Thank you once again David for responding so quickly and accurately to the order.
Cheers,
AT Australia

26/5/2016
Dear David Morbey,
I got my sticks much sooner than I expected thanks to you. I appreciate it.
Sincerely yours,
YS South Korea

22/5/2016
Hello David,
Many thanks, we have received the sticks.  They look super and I will enjoy using them again...  As always, thank you so much for the excellent service and workmanship!
Best Wishes
CG UK

4/5/2016
Dear David,
the sticks just arrived. Thank you so much for the super-fast-service! And of course - the sticks are fantastic (as expected!)!
Best wishes!
AW Germany

15/4/2016
Hello David
Now I’ve had chance to use my new sticks I just wanted to thank you for them. As ever they are perfectly balanced and beautifully finished and a joy to play with.
Thanks again,
CR UK

18/1/2016
Dear David,
Your timpany sticks are all wonderful
With my best wishes
AR Germany

20/12/2015
Dear David,
I just wanted to say thank you for sending the Timpani sticks so promptly. They arrived on Friday and I'm sure their future owner will be absolutely thrilled with them. 
EW UK

3/12/2015
Dear David 
Belated thanks for the timpani sticks which arrived safely back last week. They are beautiful. Thank you for restoring them to their former glory. :)
JP UK

28/11/2015
Dear Mr Morbey.
I would like to thank you for having processed my order so quick. The sticks are fantastics ! 
I enjoy playing with them.
AD France

27/11/2015
Dear David, 
yesterday I got your sticks and I find it great as always. 
BS Poland

25/10/2015
Dear David,
Just wanting to say a very quick ‘Thank You’ for the wonderful sticks that you made for me the other month. They sounded beautiful in a recent performance of Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 and Beethoven ‘Pastoral’. 
Many thanks once again for your wonderful timpani mallets.
PW Australia

15/9/2015
Dear Mr Morbey,
I have received the sticks and I am very happy with them, they feel really great. 
Thank you very much.
AC UK

15/9/2015
Dear Mr. Morbey,
Thank you so much for your kindness and understanding! So grateful for your help and look forward to receiving the sticks soon!
NL Hong Kong

4/9/2015
Dear David, 
The new sticks arrived at our office late last week but I only received them today. 
I am absolutely delighted with the sticks and the shafts are exactly what I asked for. Many thanks again for your quick turnaround. 
MG Glasgow Scotland

19/8/2015
Sticks look beautiful, thanks David :)
JF UK

11/7/2015
Dear David,
Thank you for your great Timpany Sticks.
The Quality is the best i know.
The feeling to play is wonderful and the sound is like i want it.(Love it)
AR Germany

2/6/2015
Hi David,
We are happy to say that Joel’s sticks arrived on Monday (1 June).
He had a performance that night with his college band.
He said he really enjoyed playing the timpani with his new sticks!
Thanks for the 2 beautiful sets of sticks!
WG UK

21/5/2015
Cheers for the beautifully crafted sticks made by you, I've been loving the balance and the rebounce from the sticks. It's perfectly weighted and produces great, sonorous, full sound with the right amount of attack u want. I look forward to purchasing your other ranges of sticks. 
RY Hong Kong

28/3/2015
Thank you very much for the Timp sticks they are lovely and I think I play better with them. Fantastic service.
SD UK

8/3/2015
Dear David
My Rosauro's Timpani Concerto went very well and it's also because of your excellent sticks. Thank you very much for your advice.
YS Switzerland

9/2/2015
Dear David, 
I am very happy with all the new sticks! (The refelted ones feels just like a new pair, just like you said they would.) Yesterday I played Beethoven (in a mid-sized modern church) and the HF300's turned out to be the perfect model for that occasion! 
I feel that the setup I have now is going to be a complete toolbox for me, for a long time. 
Also, many thanks for the extremely quick turnaround! I could not be more pleased, and I will certainly talk to every colleague I meet about you, your sticks and the extremely good customer service i have received! 
Thank you, and my very best wishes to you! 
JH Sweden

30/1/2015
Dear David, 
This week I was trying out your sticks on as many timpani sets I could.
They sound just great on every of them!
I tried them on an adams schnellar timpani set with calf head. The 540 FF made a big full fortissmo roll and 430 sounded great on sacre(ending).
Thank you for this wonderful work! 
I am very satisfied.
Also on Hochrainer vinesse timpani they work very good, especcially the hard ones.
Wish you all the best, and again, thank you very much.
RW Austria

22/12/2014
Hi David,
I was just about to email you to say thank-you very much for a very prompt service! The sticks arrived this morning and look great. I’m sure my son will be very pleased with them.
SH UK

30/10/2014
Dear David
I received my sticks. Thank you very much. It's an excellent work and I am delighted to play with them. Thanks also for your sensible advice. I shall give news to you of my concerto performance.
YS Switzerland

15/9/2015
Dear David,
I received the mallets already. Thank you very much. I really satisfy!
WY Thailand/USA

7/8/2014
Dear David,
I am grateful for your speed in sending my sticks.
Thank you very much and best wishes,
AH Spain

7/8/2014
Dear David,
The sticks arrived this morning- thanks for the fantastic service, I look forward to using them soon. 
AK Ireland

10/6/2014
Dear David,
Thank you for sending the new mallets,they are perfect, as always! 
Since playing your sticks for 25 years I'm always enthusiastic about the constant quality, which all the sticks you built for me have in common. Thank you again for your help and best wishes from germany
WJ Germany

Dear David,
Thank you for the wonderful sticks, they were for my daughter and she has reported back upon first use, that they are fantastic.
JS UK

21/4/2014
Dear Mr. Morbey,
I am using only your sticks since I received them. The fundamental they bring out in the drums is very noticeable and they allow me to articulate or play legato with more accuracy, also very good weight for when power is needed.
JLMN Puerto Rico

17/4/2014
Hi David
I'm really enjoying the new sticks you sent over recently. Excellent workmanship! They are getting almost daily use at present & have just finished a performance run of Phantom of the Opera with me!
JG London

2/4/2014
Dear David, 
I have already received your great sticks. I am so pleased with them. Thank you.
JMVB Spain

31/3/2014
Mr. Morbey,
I received the mallets last Thursday March 27th. I used them for rehearsals Thursday, Friday and in the concert on Saturday evening. I am extremely happy with the mallets...I am hearing more fundamental note on my drums, that was not possible with other mallets that I was using, also the sound is bigger and rounder with little ring at the end. I can roll and articulate if needed with every mallet almost! I am very satisfied, thank you so much! The balance feels same in each hand...I'm already thinking about ordering other combinations for different playing passages.
Thank you again,
JLMN Puerto Rico

24/3/2014
Hi David,
Sincere thanks - the sticks arrived in time for my rehearsal and they are terrific.
Kind regards
LG UK

6/3/2014
Dear David, 
I received the sticks already last week, early enough to play them last Weekend in our concert.
Thank you very much for the quick delivery. 
And, what should I say, I tried all of them, and they are fantastic, great, the best sticks I ever played. And the best: they are mine, I can`t belive it.
I`m more than satisfied with them, thank you very much for your very good Suggestion.
 Thank you very much again, and all the best to you.
 GK Germany

15/2/2014
Dear David,
I am very excited to have received the sticks and the sticks are just like new! Really thank you very much!
With my best wishes,
FC Hong Kong

23/1/2014
Dear David,
Many thanks indeed for the sticks. They're beautifully made and should provide all the desired effects in all the pieces of music I'm asked to play. 
Many thanks indeed,
IR UK

16/12/2013
Hi David,
The mallets arrived yesterday in great condition. They sound, feel, and look great!
Thanks again for your help with this order and I'm sure I will be in touch again about more mallets!
AH Canada

10/12/2013
Dear David,
thank you for the mallets, which arrived last week; they are fantastic!
This is exactly what I had in mind, and they fit perfectly in the set of sticks I play mostly. They are light, clear and not too hard as the wood version for me, not too dark as the felt. They don't change the colour in different dynamics; rolls are possible in extreme dynamics and they have a good balance for my hands.
Thank you again for your help, 
with my very best wishes,
WJ Germany

27/11/2013
Hi David,
Just a quick note to let you know the sticks are working out really well, I'm absolutely delighted with them! The re-felting is perfect and the new sticks are just what I was looking for.
Thanks again, I really appreciate the effort that goes into making sticks of this quality!
All the best,
SK Ireland

9/11/2013
Thank you soooo much for the sticks David - and for the letter too!
 they're simply perfect.
TK UK

19/9/2013
Dear David,
Many thanks. The new sticks arrived safely and T played them yesterday in a practise session and loved them and the sound. Also many thanks for marking them with his name. He is very proud of them!
With best wishes,
BR UK

19/9/2013
Once again thank you very much for your excellent service!
Best wishes
SK Switzerland

11/9/2013
Hi David,
I have just received my order of mallets from you!
they are perfect for what i need to enhance my playing
Thankyou very much
ACS Australia

17/7/2013
Dear Mr. Morbey,
Just emailing to let you know that I received the mallets the other day and that I'm extremely happy with them and the way they've turned out. 
Thanks so much for all your help and advice,
ML Australia

24/6/2013
Hi David
Very many thanks for the fabulous new sticks and the very swift service.  Your advice on the 430FF sticks was spot on - they provide a warmer tone with reasonable definition on the renaissance heads. 
Kind regards
SB UK

23/6/2013
Dear David,
I have received the shipment in good order.  Thanks.  The sticks are
really remarkable.  I have placed a new order for 5 more sticks via "the secure order form".
CCH HongKong

19/6/2013
Hello !
I have received the mallets !
That's exactly that I wanted ! Big thanks to have mad it so fast !
Again thank you !
JV France

23/5/2013
Hi David
Many thanks for the re-felted 640's which are excellent as usual.
All very best wishes and thanks for the great service.
NH UK

17/5/2013
Dear David,
It was kind of you to mail, and making sticks in very short time!
My friend can take audition with them. She is very glad, and me too.
Thank you for wonderful sticks!
HS Japan

28/3/2013
Dear David, 
We are delighted to have received the new mallets today. Thank you, they are fantastic. A great addition to the collection ! The book will keep me busy for a while I'm sure. 
our best wishes,
M&LF UK

23/3/2013
Dear David
Thank you very much for your speedy delivery of my 330 sticks, which I received Thursday.
I'm very pleased with them and I'm happy to report that they were a key part of a competition winning performance today.
Kind regards,
SEV Denmark

24/02/2013
Dear David,
I have received your sticks a few weeks ago, but didn't have time to write back to you. I am really happy with the sticks.  I have done 2 concerts in the past weeks using my new sticks.  They have given me the sound that I have been looking for in the past years.  They are now my favorites!! 
Thanks again !
NMY Hong Kong

18/02/2013
The sticks from you – 610 & 540 – arrived a few days ago. Of course I tried them out right away. I used the 610s for a timpani concerto during rehearsal & have to say – Wow!!! Just what I was looking for! Big, full sound, clear articulation...just awesome. 
The 540s were used to Dvorak’s New World Sym & couldn’t be better.
Thank you so much. Your workmanship is flawless.
WR USA

02/02/2013
David,
Sticks received with thanks. The usual top quality!
Kind regards,
CP UK

23/01/2013
David.
The sticks you sent me back are absolutely brilliant! Thanks for those.
NB UK

21/12/2012
Dear, Mr. David morbey
Thank you very much for your Timpani mallets.
They are so nice and I've already used them in our concert.
Merry Christmas and a Happy new year!
SK Finland

26/11/2012
Hi David,
Just to say thanks very much for the sticks, and for getting them ready in time for the concert last week. Really appreciate your excellent level of service.
The sticks themselves were perfect - just what I had in mind.
Thanks again
DB UK

15/11/2012
Dear David,
Just to let you know that the sticks have arrived back safely.
I practiced with them yesterday and they were absolutely brilliant!
Thank you for doing such a great job.
AW UK

3/7/2012
Dear David,
Just a note to say that I am very pleased with the new 470KK timpani sticks, which have arrived safely and proved excellent in my most recent concert.
Many thanks,
NK  UK

15/6/2012
David
We  recorded all 205 anthems for the Olympic Games (quite a challenge in lots of ways) and your sticks were used exclusively; I listened to the odd playback during the sessions and the sound was good and clear. Let's hope the TV sound reproduction does us all justice!
Simon Carrington - Principal Timpanist, London Philharmonic Orchestra

21/5/2012
Dear David
Just to acknowledge safe receipt of my refelted 510s. Many thanks for your prompt and efficient service, as always!
BF UK

3/5/2012
Hi David, the sticks arrived yesterday and they are absolutely wonderful as always!
TC Australia

17/4/2012
Looking forward to the sticks a great deal...its always a treat! You are superb!
TC Australia

8/2/2012
Dear David,
I have just received the sticks. You have done a wonderful work again.  I will enjoy a lot playing with them.
Thank you very much. 
JP  Spain

7/2/2012
Dear David, I got my sticks last week and now I know that I won't use any other, perfect balance and tone, that what I was looking for. Thank you for your kind letter and for all that contact during transaction.
Best wishes,
Bartosz Saldan  Poland

31/1/2012
I just wanted to say that the sticks are beautiful. Thank you so much for them.
RM  Netherlands.

20/12/2011
Hello, David,
The sticks arrived precisely on the day I asked, and are, as usual, superb.
JA  UK

5/12/2011
Hello David,
I did get the timpani sticks in the mail, and am enjoying them! What a great feel they have and the sound is fantastic! Thank you.
JCN  Finland

9/11/2011
Dear David,
I just received your sticks, and everything is in perfect order. Thank you very much for your excellent work (as usual).
WY  Germany

27/10/2011
Dear David,
Thank you for your quick response.  I'm really looking forward to receiving the sticks, already had some really nice experiences with your sticks, they provide a good sound.
RVW  Netherlands

25/4/2010
Dear Mr. Morbey,
I just want to say that your timpani sticks are wonderful and great sounding. I love it! Thanks.
ET  Phillipines

31/3/2010
Dear David,
The sticks arrived just in time for the concert and all went well. Thank you for your amazing service and help.
Yours Sincerely,
AC  UK

18/2/2010
Dear David, 
The sticks arrived this afternoon, thank you very much just like new.
I have always enjoyed playing with them and have always been amazed by the quality of sound they produce compared to other makes of sticks.  Thank you for such excellent service.
Best regards
RW  UK

12/2/2010
Dear David,
Thank you for sending me the sticks so quickly! They are really great!
I played the hard felt sticks for the first time on Wednesday in Berg's "Lulu". When I used them the first time the whole percussion section was looking at me because they all heard that it was a different sound. They all liked it very much, including me, of course!! :-)
Best wishes
LD  Germany

23/1/2010
Hello Mr. Morbey,
Thank you very much for the mallets! I got them yesterday and they sound great!
All the best,
AO  Finland

21/12/2009
Thank you very much for your superb service and attention to detail.
With kindest regards,
MG  UK

11/12/2009
Dear David,
I have received the mallets. Thank you very much for the fast construct.  I am very satisfied, I love them. It's my first pair, and the beginning of others.  Everybody salute you at the CNR
RA  France

10/9/2009
Dear David,
Thank You very much for the very, very good refelted sticks, they look and feel absolute new. Best wishes, 
Reinhard Toriser  Orchester der Komischen Oper, Berlin

6/5/2009
Hey David,
I received the mallets the other day. I played them in my studio last night, and all I can say is that they are by far the absolute best timpani mallets I have ever played. They were amazing. I'm going to tell all my students about these.
JF  USA

23/3/2009
Hello Mr Morbey
I got your sticks today! Thanks for the fast and high quality work!
I already had 3 pairs of your sticks, so I now have a nice collection and love to play with them.
JL  Finland

6/3/2009
Dear Sir,
now, that I have played with your sticks (440 and 450KK) for a while, I can say that I really do like them. They feel great and sound just the way I hoped they would...
Thank you very much!
Best wishes,
JB  Germany

26/2/2009
Mr. Morbey,
Yesterday I received the timpani sticks (530) I ordered from you.  When I opened the package, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were everything I hoped for.  The quality is excellent and consistent, and they feel great!  It has been a great pleasure doing business with you, as you were able to answer all my questions and give me sound advice.  I will be ordering from you in the future!  Thanks again for providing percussionists and timpanists with such a great service!
Sincerely,
DAF  Rochester USA