I have been using Custom Batons since my first year in graduate school at Northwestern University. I have tried other batons, but I find myself somehow always coming back to the Custom Batons. Every conductor is different, and they deserve a baton that fits their physicality best. With the excellent customer service and craftsmanship of Custom Batons, I feel confident in the product I am purchasing. It enables me the level of comfort and freedom to concentrate solely on the music I am conducting rather than the equipment I am using.
My students were instructed to wait to purchase your batons, but three of them wanted a head start and purchased a baton on Amazon. They were not well made batons and I explained why and told them to compare them to your batons. Even with no conducting experience, they couldn’t believe the difference between the two. They were completely sold on the importance of a good baton and all three of them purchased your batons to use instead.
Chris Blount is a superb craftsman and offers the best customer service! He’s my baton craftsman and he should be yours, too!
I bought my first baton from Charles Olson, back in the early 80’s. I was amazed at the balance and craftsmanship.When Charles passed on the business to Chris Blount, I knew that he would continue to uphold these high standards, but he has actually surpassed them. Each baton I have purchased is perfectly balanced, comfortable to use, aesthetically beautiful, and always invites inquiries from colleagues.I’ve had two instances to request special orders, and Chris designed beautiful batons for both of these occasions. The first was a retirement baton for a colleague, made of spare floorboard wood from the stage on which he taught and performed for over twenty years. The second was a special engraved baton for an anniversary gala concert. The final results far exceeded my expectations.I am so grateful for Chris’s professionalism, high standards, quality, and value, and I recommend him highly!