We’ve drummed up a list of some of the most banging presents for the drummer in your life – whether you’re (drum)rolling in dough or saving the (tim)pennies these lot are hard to beat!
1) Rtom: Moon Gel Damper Pads £7.99
Simply move the Moongel damper pad around your drum head surface, and notice the change in sound. Experiment with the damper’s positioning to unlock your drums full potential. Washes with soap and water. Use a small amount of dish soap and water to clean the damper pad. Air dry and shake of excess water.
2) Promark: Original Hot Rods £24.99
Initially, Pro-Mark Hot Rods® were developed for drummers who wanted a lighter sound than sticks, but with more attack than brushes. In recent years, Rods™ have become increasingly popular all over the world in all styles of music. When regular sticks are too loud and brushes are too soft, Rods™ are just right.
3) Vic Firth: Steve Gadd Black Signature Drum Sticks – Wood Tip
Each Vic Firth Signature Series model was conceived through extensive research with the finest drummers from a variety of musical styles. The designs reflect their musical requirements in terms of balance, feel, sound projection and cymbal colour. Steve Gadd is arguably the most recorded drummer in history, featured on over 600 albums and his signature sticks feature a barrel tip for a great recording sound. These black, coloured hickory sticks have a clear, natural tip.
4) 8 Inch Talking Drum £89.95
The talking drum is an hourglass-shaped drum from West Africa, whose pitch can be regulated to mimic the tone and prosody of human speech. It has two drumheads connected by leather tension cords, which allow the player to modulate the pitch of the drum by squeezing the cords between his or her arm and body. A skilled player is able to play whole phrases. Similar hourglass-shaped drums are found in Asia, but they are not used to mimic speech, although the idakka is used to mimic vocal music.
5) Thai Frog Guiro £11.99
The Siesta range of instruments originate from the endeavor to trade fairly and ethically with communities and makers all over the world, from Kenya and Nairobi to Bali and India. By working closely with small co-operatives and local suppliers, Siesta instruments are all produced using local materials and with methods that are in some cases centuries old.
6)Promark: TX515W Hickory Joey Jordison Signature Drum Sticks – Wood Tip £15.99
The 515 was designed by Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison. It features a classic 5A diameter, a slim neck for fast precise rebound and a full round bead for great articulation and projection. The “blood red ink” also contains Joey’s actual blood! Not only can you own a stick with Joey’s signature, you can own a piece of Joey himself! Length: 16″ Diameter: 0.551″
7) Schwarz: Jaws Harp Lazy Nickel – Large £4.99
These traditional Jaws Harps are Austrian made and have been manufactured by hand for the last 400 years by the same family business. They are beautifully finished and have excellent tone. This simple, evocative sound is a great accompaniment to guitar or voice.
8) Classic Black Beauty Cowbell
Need more cowbell? Look no further.
9) Childrens’ Percussion Kit £34.99
Designed to promote musicality in children but more likely just to create an enormous amount of noise – but that’s the sweet sound of learning, guys.