The Drumometer is a little box which measures how many times you can hit a drum in 60 seconds. It's not pretty or especially clever, but it does come with a great story: Inventor Boo McAfee was at NAMM in 1975, and saw veteran jazz drummer Barrett Deems proclaimed to be the World's Fastest Drummer... "Suddenly, a voice in the crowd said "Oh Yeah! What machine did you use?" As Boo turned to his left, he quickly realized that the gentleman questioning Mr. Deems’ claims was none other than the legendary Buddy Rich. Buddy was standing larger than life in a turtle neck, wearing a large silver medallion and loosely gripping a lit cigarette as though he was
undoubtedly the coolest man alive. For the next twenty four years Boo could not get this picture and the question out of his mind." So, in 1999, he met an electrical engineer, they developed a prototype, and it went on sale.
The recently released
Drumometer II (which costs $159 with a practise pad) is now the official timekeeper at the World's Fastest Drummer tournament, a sponsor-heavy, wrestling-inspired annual contest (complete with Girls of the WFD on the website). It has preliminary heats all over the world (Hong Kong, South Africa and Dubai are currently competing), with the final at NAMM in January. The current world record holder is Mike Mangini, with 1,274 strokes in 60 seconds.