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Drums & Percussion

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  1. Nino Wood Shakers Square 3 Piece Set
    Product Price $16.99
  2. LP City Conga Set with Stand
    LP City Conga Set with Stand
    Product Price $324.99
  3. Meinl Ceramic Ibo Large Quinto Drum
    Meinl Ceramic Ibo Large Quinto Drum
    Product Price $74.99
  4. LP LP480 Traditional Cabasa
    LP LP480 Traditional Cabasa
    Product Price $82.99
  5. LP Plastic 36-Piece Conga Shakers
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  6. Meinl Designer Series Conga
    Meinl Designer Series Conga
    Product Price $229.99
  7. Meinl Designer Series Quinto
    Meinl Designer Series Quinto
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  8. Meinl Journey Series Rope Tuned Fiberglass Goatskin Head Djembe
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  11. Meinl Mechanically Tuned Fiberglass Goatskin Head Djembe
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  12. Nino Designer Series Nino Conga
    Nino Designer Series Nino Conga
    Product Price $189.99
  13. Meinl Free Ride Series Matte Wood Bongos
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  14. Roland Dual-Trigger Mesh V-Pad
    Roland Dual-Trigger Mesh V-Pad
    Product Price $449.99
    Or $19/month^ for 24 months* Details
  15. Meinl Artisan Edition Goatskin Head Mizhar
    Product Price $189.99
  16. Meinl Plastic Maracas
    Meinl Plastic Maracas
    Product Price $29.99
  17. Toca PVC Frame Drum 3-Pack
    Toca PVC Frame Drum 3-Pack
    Product Price $128.69
  18. Meinl Deep Shell Tar with True Feel Head
    Product Price $124.99
  19. Meinl The Roar - Black
    Meinl The Roar - Black
    Product Price $39.99
  20. Meinl Free Ride Series High Gloss Wood Bongos
    Product Price $289.99
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  21. Pearl Richie Flores Conga
    Pearl Richie Flores Conga
    Product Price $469.00
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  22. Pearl Bobby Allende Signature Fiberglass Conga
    Product Price $515.99
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  23. Pearl Elite Fiberglass Djembe
    Pearl Elite Fiberglass Djembe
    Product Price $515.99
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  24. Pearl Bobby Allende Signature Fiberglass Tumba
    Product Price $536.99
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  25. Pearl PFG-20 Fiberglass Guiro
    Pearl PFG-20 Fiberglass Guiro
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  26. Pearl PSR-01 Mini Shakerine
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  27. Meinl Silent Floatune Tamborim
    Meinl Silent Floatune Tamborim
    Product Price $29.99
  28. Roland V-Pad 10" Tom for TD-30KV Black Chrome
    Product Price $549.99
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  29. Trick Drums SB1 Laser Trigger For Single Dominator
    Product Price $319.99
  30. Trick Drums SB1 Laser Triggers For Double Pro1-V BigFoot & ShortBoard
    Product Price $524.99
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  32. LP Patato Conga
    LP Patato Conga
    Product Price $573.99
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  33. Toca Wood Rattle on String
    Toca Wood Rattle on String
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  34. Toca Master Series Djembe with Padded Bag
    Toca Master Series Djembe with Padded Bag
    Product Price $290.99
  35. Meinl Marathon Classic Wood Conga
    Meinl Marathon Classic Wood Conga
    Product Price $319.99
  36. Meinl Floatune Wood Djembe
    Meinl Floatune Wood Djembe
    Product Price $329.99
  37. Meinl Professional Ibo Drum Bag
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    Meinl Bata
    Product Price $479.99
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  39. Meinl Free Ride Series Collection Wood Bongos
    Product Price $319.99
  40. Meinl Hand Drum
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About Drums

Drums and percussion are likely the second oldest musical instruments, beaten only by the voice itself. Percussion instruments produce sound by being struck, shaken, scraped or rubbed. Drums are just one member of the percussion family. They refer specifically to instruments with head or skin stretched over a shell. The technical term for the drum head is a membrane, making the drum a membranophone.

When you think about drums and percussion, your first thought might go to a drum set with a snare drum, rack toms, floor toms, bass drum, cymbals and cymbal stands. Perhaps you're a hand percussionist and drums to you are bongos, congas, timbales, cajons or even djembes. This just goes to show the wide variety of instruments within the drum and percussion category, and with such a long, rich history it’s easy to see why there are so many variations and types of drum in world.

Drum History

Drums and percussion instruments are the oldest musical instruments in history and haven’t changed much in the course of a few thousand years. One of the oldest discovered drums was made with an alligator skin and dates back to as early as 5500 B.C. Every culture on every continent used drums in some form, whether it was for musical purposes, communication with distant neighbors or relaying commands on the battle field. We've all seen the paintings of the Revolutionary War drummers marching on the front lines, or the ancient hortator keeping time on the Viking longship. However, as technology evolved, so did the drum.

Drum Construction

The basic principal of every drum is the same: a round cylinder with a drum head—or a drum skin— that you strike with your hand or a drum stick or mallet. The head is held down by a hoop or a rim, and tension rods or rope thread into a lug. The distinction made between drums and hand drums is somewhat obvious. Any drum you play using your hands is a hand drum or hand percussion. Acoustic drum heads vary widely depending on the type of drum they're on. A typical drum set drum uses a drum head made of mylar on the top and bottom of the drum, while hand drums often only have a calfskin head on top. To tune the drum up or down, you tighten or loosen the drum head.

The drum shells are constructed from a myriad of materials including wood, metal and plastic, and the different wood species or metals can produce special sounds. Many companies such as DW, TAMA and Yamaha create hybrid drum shells which utilize different tone woods or metal and wood to achieve a unique sound. Wood drum shells are constructed in several ways but the two most common ways are multi-ply construction or stave construction. Multi-ply drum shells are constructed using anywhere from three to 20 thin pieces of wood that are glued and pressed together. Stave drum shells are built using one piece of wood that is typically steam bent into its cylindrical shape.

Electronic Drums

Electronic drums originally started out as simple metronome machines and evolved in the early 1970s into something closer to what they are today. Companies such Roland, Yamaha and Simmons produced the first electronic drum sets. They became popular and commercially successful in the early 1980s as technology and samples became better and more advanced. Electronic drum kits or e-kits have a very similar design to acoustic drum sets. There's a snare, toms, bass drum, cymbals and you play it using drum sticks. However, electronic drums utilize rubber or mesh heads and the cymbals are rubberized pads. The biggest advantage to electronic drums is the amount of drum and percussion sounds you can program, as well as the built-in, complete drum sets.

Drum Set Cymbals

A typical drum set or percussion setup utilizes cymbals. A drum set includes a pair of hi-hats, a crash cymbal or two, and a ride cymbal. However, experimenting with different cymbal sounds has become very popular and many drummers often have effects—or FX—cymbals in their setup, including china cymbals, splash cymbals and cymbal stacks. Most cymbals are made from bronze alloy and are either machine or manually hammered into their final form.

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