Monday, August 3, 2009

Percussion Gear

Whether playing marimba, snare drum, timpani, cymbals or one of the hundreds of other instruments, percussionists always need the right tools for the job.

The following is a basic set of sticks, mallets and other must-haves to get you started. There are hundreds of options out there, but this list will give you the finest equipment for the money.

Students are required to have at least one item from each category and ALL items listed under "additional gear". I have included approximate prices so you don’t run into any surprises when shopping. Local stores will most likely NOT carry these items— do not accept substitutions (see below for a list of recommended dealers who specialize in percussion).

Snare Drum:
Vic Firth SD-1 $6
Cooperman - Nick Petrella # 5 $16-37
Cooperman - Fastick #24 $16

Vic-Firth General T1 $20
Vic-Firth Staccato T3 $20
Or similar model General or Staccato mallet

Xylophone/ Bells:
Innovative James Ross IP-902 Med-Soft Xylo/Bell, Orange $30
Malletech OR 45R Orchestral Medium-Bright, White $30
Malletech BB 34 Bob Becker, Blue $30
Or similar model Medium-Hard mallet

Marimba/ Vibes/ Suspended Cymbals/ Aux.:
Mike Balter Pro-Vibe 23B Medium, Blue $25
Mike Balter Pro-Vibe 24B Medium-Soft, Red $25
Or similar model Medium yarn or chord mallet

Additional Gear:
Korg MA-30 Digital Metronome $30
Chromatic Pitch Pipe (either C or F) $15
Stick Bag $10-30
Pack of Mechanical Pencils $4
Journal: Small spiral-bound notebook $1-3

I recommend the following percussion specialists:

Steve Weiss Music 215-659-0100
Explorers Percussion 816-361-1195
The Percussion Source 866-849-4387

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