A Word From Steve Weiss

“They don’t call me ‘King Gong’ for nothing.”

Portrait of Steve Weiss holding bells and gong.What started out over 45 years ago as a simple hobby of collecting unique and rare percussion instruments, has now evolved into being the go-to shop for all of your percussion needs. My hope is still the same. I want to be able to provide you with the best collection of percussion instruments and supplies possible.

From my humble beginnings in and around Philadelphia, I developed a passion for music at an early age. Since my first drum lesson when I was 10 years old, I have always loved playing. After I finished school, I got a job with the Reading Railroad during the day and would play gigs on nights and weekends. The railroad let me travel for free, so I started traveling all around the northeast collecting rare instruments. I loved walking into a place like Ted’s Music Shop in Baltimore and finding a vintage marimba or timpani. I’m definitely a collector at heart.

Word of my percussion collection spread pretty quickly throughout the other players in Philly. One day, Mickey Bookspan of the Philadelphia Orchestra asked me if I’d like to rent him a marimba. That’s how my rental business got started. At that time, there was no one else in the area renting instruments like marimbas, timpani, or taxi horns. I delivered instruments in my 1966 Plymouth (I could fit two timpani in the trunk). While renting instruments, people started asking me if they could buy them from me. Steve Weiss Music was born.

I’m in the business of music and it really is a business of relationships. That’s what allows me to be able to provide you with items you will never see in any of your big box chains today. In fact, the majority of people that work at Steve Weiss Music are trained percussionists. That’s how much I value relationships and the importance of surrounding myself with people who love percussion as much as I do.

Whether it’s a rare piece of sheet music, a specialty gong, or your marching band equipment, you know that I’ll have it. And you know that my goal is to get it to you quicker then anyone else.

Enjoy my collection!

–Steve