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    Yamaha Tour Custom Maple 4-Piece Shell Pack with 22 in. Bass Drum
    Product Price $1,299.99
    Or as low as $37/month for 36 months
  2. Paiste 2002 Crash Cymbal
    Paiste 2002 Crash Cymbal
    Product Price $200.00
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    Zildjian ZBT 390 Series Super Cymbal Pack
    Zildjian ZBT 390 Series Super Cymbal Pack
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  4. Zildjian L80 Series LV348 Low Volume Cymbal Box Set
    Product Price $249.95
  5. PDP by DW Z5 5-Piece Shell Pack
    PDP by DW Z5 5-Piece Shell Pack
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    Paiste RUDE Big Sound Cymbal Set
    Paiste RUDE Big Sound Cymbal Set
    Product Price $1,095.00
    Or $31/month for 36 months
  7. Zildjian K Sweet Crash
    Zildjian K Sweet Crash
    Product Price $274.95
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    Zildjian A City Cymbal Pack
    Zildjian A City Cymbal Pack
    Product Price $549.95
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    Pearl Vision Birch Snare Drum
    Pearl Vision Birch Snare Drum
    Product Price $79.99 Regular Price $109.99 On Sale Now!
  10. Gon Bops Alex Acuna Signature Special Edition Cajon
    Product Price $299.00
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    Zildjian A Custom Fast Crash
    Product Price $204.95
  12. Zildjian K Sweet Ride Cymbal
    Zildjian K Sweet Ride Cymbal
    Product Price $409.95
  13. Zildjian K Dark Thin Crash Cymbal
    Zildjian K Dark Thin Crash Cymbal
    Product Price $254.95
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    Crush Drums & Percussion Sublime E3 Maple 4-Piece Shell Pack with 20x18" Bass Drum
    Product Price $699.99 Regular Price $1,199.99
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  15. Meinl HCS Cymbal Pack with FREE Splash, Sticks, and Lessons
    Product Price $99.99
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    Remo Infinity Mondo Djembe
    Product Price $349.00
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    Rogers Dyna-Sonic Snare Drum with Beavertail Lugs
    Product Price $799.00
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  18. Zildjian A Custom Projection Crash Cymbal
    Zildjian A Custom Projection Crash Cymbal
    Product Price $244.95
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    PDP by DW Limited Edition Dark Stain Maple and Walnut Snare with Walnut Hoops and Chrome Hardware
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    Sabian HHX Super Cymbal Set
    Sabian HHX Super Cymbal Set
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    Zildjian K Custom Hybrid Crash
    Product Price $289.95
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    Yamaha Stage Custom Steel Snare
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    Pearl Decade Maple 3-Piece Shell Pack
    Pearl Decade Maple 3-Piece Shell Pack
    Product Price $589.00
    Or as low as $17/month for 36 months
  24. Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal
    Meinl HCS Crash Cymbal
    Product Price $39.99
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    DW Performance Series 4-Piece Shell Pack
    DW Performance Series 4-Piece Shell Pack
    Product Price $2,079.96
    Or as low as $58/month for 36 months
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    Roland TD-17 Drum Sound Module
    Roland TD-17 Drum Sound Module
    Product Price $619.99
    Or $18/month for 36 months
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    Orange County Drum & Percussion 25-Ply Maple Vented Snare Drum
    Product Price $189.99 Regular Price $289.99 On Sale Now!
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    Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum
    Ludwig Supraphonic Snare Drum
    Product Price $549.00
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    TAMA Cocktail-JAM 4-Piece Shell Pack with Hardware
    Product Price $649.99
    Or as low as $19/month for 36 months
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    $571.99
  30. Remo Advent Djembe
    Remo Advent Djembe
    Product Price $115.00
  31. Boss DR-01S Rhythm Partner Drum Machine
    Boss DR-01S Rhythm Partner Drum Machine
    Product Price $229.99
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    Roland TR-08 Sound Module
    Roland TR-08 Sound Module
    Product Price $379.99
    Or $16/month for 24 months
  33. Alesis Strike Amp 12
    Alesis Strike Amp 12
    Product Price $319.00
    Or $14/month for 24 months
  34. Alesis Turbo Mesh Kit
    Alesis Turbo Mesh Kit
    Product Price $319.00
    Or $14/month for 24 months
  35. Zildjian A Series Heavy Crash Cymbal Brilliant
    Product Price $224.95
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    TAMA STARPHONIC Copper Snare Drum
    TAMA STARPHONIC Copper Snare Drum
    Product Price $649.99
    Or $19/month for 36 months
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    Yamaha EAD10 Acoustic Electronic Drum Module
    Product Price $499.99
    Or $14/month for 36 months
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    Trick Drums Buddy Rich 100th Anniversary Snare Drum
    Product Price $699.00
    Or $20/month for 36 months
  39. Zildjian ZBT 16/18 Crash Pack with Free 10" Splash
    Product Price $149.95
  40. Zildjian ZBT 3 Starter Bonus Cymbal Pack with Free 14" Crash
    Product Price $214.95
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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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