Broder Oetken is the gongmaster at Oetken Gongs. He was the last apprentice taught by Paiste gongmaster Walter Meyer. An exceedingly skilled craftsman, he has been commissioned to make gongs for Meinl Percussion and Olli Hess, as well as making gongs for individual players around the world.
Between commissioned jobs, Oetken has created his own brand of gongs that includes Symphonic, Planetary and other unique Sound Creation-style gongs made in memory of his work with Meyer. He has a small staff of gong makers that work with him.
Each handmade gong has its own individual range of tonality and feel, all while retaining the quality of the classic style. Although Broder Oetken is well known as one of the current gongmasters in the world, he says he is constantly developing, honing and perfecting his gongmaking process. Like his mentor, Walter Meyer, he intends to pass his knowledge to his apprentices to ensure that this rare handicraft continues.