The Beginners Guide to Buying Drums & Percussion

How to choose the right starter drum kit, cymbals, drum accessories or percussion instruments to bring out the best in your budding musician while maintaining your budget and sanity.

Best Student Band Instruments for Beginners Buying Guide

A quick-start parent’s guide to choosing the right trumpet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet, violin, cello or percussion instrument for your budding musician

World Percussion Buying Guide

Don’t know a djembe from a doumbek? Here are the essentials you need to know when shopping for hand drums, congas, shakers, cajons, djembes and many more percussion instruments from every corner of the globe.

Beyond the Kit: Exploring the World of Hand Drums

When someone says they play drums, the first thing that comes to mind for most of us is the modern drum kit. As a major driving force behind contemporary music, the drum kit is something of an icon, and the backbone of many of our favorite pop, rock, and jazz songs.

Video: LP 50th Anniversary Black Beauty Cowbell - NAMM 2014

Sergio with Latin Percussion unveils the 50th Anniversary LP limited edition cowbell at Namm 2014.

Drumming Up Conversation

Regardless of your specific drumming ability and the type of music that you play, buying a drum set is a big decision. It is easy to either keep it too simple, pick up a three- or five-piece drum set, and just not think about it again, or to make things too complicated by getting wrapped up in the dozens of decisions that you can make about various types of equipment. Whether you are in the process of buying your first drum set or you're interested in upgrading a few key components, you can get some great insight about drum gear from some professional drummers.

Hands-On Review: Schalloch Hand Percussion

Well-crafted percussion keeps hands happy

Hands-On Review: Sonor Orff Percussion

Sonor and the Orff Difference

Hands-On Review: NINO Percussion

NINO Percussion provides very high-quality, great-sounding instruments for childhood musical education that are shockingly affordable. Better yet, all NINO instruments comply with the world's most stringent safety requirements for children's products, and they're perhaps the most durable percussion instruments you'll find anywhere.

Hands-On Review: XL Specialty Percussion

A New Beat in Marching Percussion

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