I'm often asked... what’s the Kentville story Won't you tell us the tale?

Well, I started Kentville Drums with the simple aim of providing the Sydney community with a dedicated drum repair service, and in true Australian form, necessity really mothered invention. While I brought twenty years of experience as a drummer and my existing workshop skills with me to this job, I've never stopped learning or adding strings to my bow along the way. Over the years I’ve made my own tools to suit strange new tasks, honed my techniques and established my own style and school of approach to restoration. Today I’m fortunate to find my work and my products in demand across Australia and around the world.

As a lifelong annoying perfectionist, I devote myself to detail and quality. Whether I’m working for a studio or a symphony orchestra, The Rolling Stones or the local primary school, I’m always committed to providing every one of my clients my best work and the outcome they need.

Beyond restoration services, I’m dedicated to upholding the great traditions of rawhide drumhead lapping by continuing to produce my kangaroo hide drumheads, which are today being played by drummers and percussionists in a wide array of genres across five continents. Every drumhead is made entirely by hand, amongst the bell birds and red gums at my workshop in beautiful Kurrajong, just outside Sydney.

Please enjoy perusing my site and feel free to get in touch with any enquiries. I'm very friendly. Just look at me!

Steele Turkington


Kentville Drums is an authorised service and warranty repair centre for: Yamaha, Gretsch, Ludwig, Pearl, DW and Sakae


Some of our clients include:

Charlie Watts - The Rolling Stones | The Sydney Symphony Orchestra | Mick Fleetwood - Fleetwood Mac | Todd Sucherman - Styx | The West Australian Symphony Orchestra | The US Army Field Band  | Chris Whitten - Paul McCartney/Dire Straits | Rob Hirst - Midnight Oil | Gerry Morgan - James Bay | The Brandenburg Orchestra | Chris Hayden - Florence and the Machine Orchestra Victoria | Gordon Rytmeister  The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra | The London Symphony Orchestra | Synergy Percussion | Andrew Gander | Hamish Stuart | Brian Kirby - ABBA | New Zealand Symphony OrchestraAngus Stuart - Hermitude | Richard Harvey - The Divinyls | Warren Trout - The Voice/Kate Ceberano  Jess Ciampa - Monsieur Camembert | Luke Kennedy - Royal Australian Navy Band | Joe Accaria | Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra | Dave Jenkins Jnr - Daniel Johns | Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra | Daniel Glass - Royal Crown Revue | Darryn Farrugia | Bree Van Reyk James Smale - Ensemble Zeitfluss Jon Farriss - INXS | Tony Currenti - ACDC | Charley Drayton - Cold Chisel/Divinyls | Adelaide Symphony Orchestra | Terri Lyne Carrington | Black Swamp Percussion Gordy Forman - Frenzal Rhomb | Myles Heskett - Wolfmother | Andy Strachan - The Living End | Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Pete Kostic - Regurgitator | Marcelo Barraza - Orquesta Sinfonica de Chile | Love Hz Studios | David Williams - Augie March | Paris Jeffree - The Avalanches |Grant Gerathy - John Butler Trio | Mike Curotto - Vintage Drum Collector | Steve Weiss Music| Hamish Rosser - The Vines/Wolfmother | Mick Beeton - Royal Australian Airforce Band Jim Lower - Kansas City Broadway Jazz Orchestra | Nick Norton - The Angels | Ben Vanderwal | Barton Price - Models  | Turtlerock Mastering Campbell Phillips - Blue Devils Drumcorp | Dunedin Symphony Orchestra Dave Goodman | Jackie Barnes | Wichita Symphony Orchestra | Andrew Dickeson Hawaii Symphony Orchestra | James Waples | Josh Dufficy - Kasey Chambers | Hedwitschak Drums Mike Avenaim  Studio 301 Luke Robinson | Rebecca Lagos Steve Goold - Sara Bareilles | Omaha Symphony Orchestra Jamie Cameron Bob Campbell - Not So Modern Drummer | Troy Horse Studios Mark Lucas - The Radiators Laurence Pike | Jonathan Zwartz Paul Derricott | Miles Thomas | Declan Kelly Timmy Hansen – Strangers Luke Davison – The Preatures | Dave Hibbard Steve Marin Daniel Susnjar Joe Gould - Crooked Fiddle Band | Nic Cecire Angus Diggs Orchestra Wellington


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