These music instrument manufacturers have re-tooled to create medical supplies

Just about everywhere in the world is facing critical shortages of masks and other personal protective equipment. This has inspired some companies to start manufacturing this equipment in addition to (or instead of) the products they normally make.

1. Gator Cases Face Masks

Gator normally makes guitar cases, but they’re now offering these reusable face masks. Kinda cool, no?

2. Ernie Ball Face Masks

If you’re a guitarist, you’ll know that Ernie Ball makes strings. The company has now turned a portion of its accessories plant in Coachella, California, into a factory for masks. They’re producing about 400 two-ply masks a day with everything being shipped to charitable organizations.

3. Evans Drum Heads Face Shields

Evans has been known for their clear plastic drum heads for decades. They’re looking to make up to 100,000 face shields a week.

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D’Addario’s engineering team has found a way to transform Evans G2 drumheads into protective face shields for medical workers battling the coronavirus pandemic. The goal is to be in production by April 27th and to quickly ramp up to a capacity of 100,000 face shields per week. ⠀ We plan to manufacture these shields as long as they’re needed in NY or anywhere around the globe. We’ve watched the incredible efforts of our healthcare and essential services workers all across the world with great admiration. While we cannot match the immeasurable efforts of these selfless heroes, we feel an immense responsibility to do our part in overcoming this crisis. ⠀ We called this Project Excelsior after the New York State Motto, which means “Ever Upward” because it captured the extraordinary determination and can-do spirit of our small team of engineers and product designers. It also typifies our music company’s current credo during the crisis: #WeWillPlayOn. ⠀ Stay tuned to our stories for a look at how we built the shields.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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