Zvonch says: “Since I was a boy, I have had a huge interest in mechanics and electrical engineering. When I started to play the guitar in high school (and chase the girls with it), I immediately found a great joy in exploring the inner workings of guitar effects and amplifiers. I played the guitar in a rock n’ blues cover band, and got a degree in electrical engineering. One of my first jobs was working in an R&D department for a small company in Zagreb, there was all sorts of interesting work there, it was a great learning curve. After that I worked for 6 years in a very big company „Končar“, designing PCBs for trains, power plants, protection systems and more! This was an extremely important and often amusing stage in my life, it was here that I absorbed as much of my older colleague’s experience and knowledge as possible. I was then able to use all that knowledge and experience as a springboard to starting my own company, this is how DryBell began. DryBell now has a great team of people armed with a wealth of experience and a ton of enthusiasm. Many thanks go to my family and all those that have supported me over the years and still do, and of course, a massive thanks to all you DryBell customers!”
A little about the DryBell team!
As with all successful or potentially successful companies, the people are the key to success. DryBell has gathered a small but effective team of experienced professionals who are ultimately responsible for the satisfaction you experience every time you play a DryBell pedal. We have 5 members and several supporting members, we all are close friends from before DryBell began. We are also all musicians, all with varied gigging experience, some with a little, others with great professional rock careers since 1995!
Our workshop is located in Krapina, Croatia (Krapina is best known for its finds of Neanderthal man remains, one of the world’s most significant sites of this kind) and all your shipments start from Krapina. Zvonch started development of the V-1 back in 2009 and when the V-1 was released in 2011, he was producing the V-1 pedals in a very small room at his family home. Then in 2014 we were able to expand DryBell and move in to our workshop, which we are very proud of! We have everything we need here for our small business.
As a co-owner of the company, Martina works on the legal and financial side of the business. She also works in correspondence and marketing. She has grown up side by side with music as the daughter of a musician, so DryBell has given her the opportunity to combine her skills as a qualified economist with her love of music. Martina has been part of the DryBell team since 2011, right from the release of the V-1. She is also a family member. In her free time she is a keen singer.
Zvonch is the owner of the company and the creator of the DryBell brand. Besides development, he also works in marketing. His close friends and fellows musicians often describe him as an electronics wizard! Zvonch is a strong perfectionist and sometimes hard to work with (Some say 😊) but without his drive and attention to details DryBell could never have become what it is now. He has worked extremely hard to put DryBell on the map as a brand associated with one of the world’s finest guitar pedals.
When Zvonch moved the business from a small room in his house to the bigger workshop back in 2014, he recruited Marko to join the DryBell team. Marko and Zvonch have been friends since 1999, they met gigging various bands. Marko works on customer care and shipping procedures. He was the first team member to join Zvonch working in the new workshop. As we are a small company Marko works on assembling and testing pedals too. All pedals from 2014 and almost all from 2015 were made by Marko and Zvonch! As a keen metalhead he is still puzzling over how to incorporate the Vibe-Machine in to his sound! But he makes a mean coffee!
Luka is a guitar player and our main test guy – His job title is ”Test Analyst”, but only because “Freakin’ Miracle Worker” wasn’t available! Luka joined us in 2015. With Luka onboard Zvonch has had more time to focus on other key aspects of the business. Luka works on matching photocells as well as on pedal assembly, he has been a big part in helping push DryBell to the next level! He makes better coffee than Marko!
Ex supporting member, and now official DryBell employee since 2016. Kruno is a professional Croatian guitarist who loves exploring the tonal possibilities of any guitar kit he’s using. Each DryBell pedal while still in R&D goes through his hands. He works on audio testing, recording of audio samples, makes various visual designs and assist our customers through various social media accounts. He is the lead guitar player for DryBell official demos. Back in 2009 he asked Zvonch to make him a good vibe pedal. So the journey began.
a supporting member, Gordan is also a musician, a guitar player since 1985, as well as a web designer. He works on maintaining the DryBell website and manages small labels, packaging and more. He’s never recovered from selling his old Strat to Zvonch in a moment of blind madness, but there is nothing but love between Gordan and Team DryBell!
a supporting member, Mario works for DryBell each summer. Also and surprisingly a Guitar player. He’s a genius who is studying software engineering and works on software and recording of videos. When Zvonch was preparing the release of the Vibe Machine V-2, Mario was his right hand man in testing and developing the software. We are hoping he’ll join us fulltime when he’s finished studying!
a supporting member, Tom is our UK based creative advisor and editor for all web content, manuals and news letters. Tom is also one of our pedal Beta testers, putting our pedals through their paces in live band situations. He is obsessed with guitars, pedals and tone, and has a business offering electric guitar services, set ups, builds and finishes of all kinds from his workshop in South East London.