Buying Guide

Are you afraid to go back there? Are they playing the triangle with a screwdriver again? This buying guide will give you confidence in ordering quality items for your percussion section. It is broken down into Elementary, Middle School, and High School. You can trust that these items will serve your musical purpose and your budget at the same time. There are many choices out there and many fine brands to choose from, these are just some options that we know you will enjoy.

Sticks and Mallets

Sticks and Mallets Elementary Middle School High School
Concert Bass Mallets Salyers Performance Collection Concert Bass Drum Mallet - Small Liberty One LBG General Bass Drum Mallet Vic Firth Tom Gauger TG04 Bass Drum Mallets - Rollers (pair)
Concert Snare Drum Sticks Vic Firth American Custom SD1 Drumsticks - General Innovative IPLD Lalo Davila Hickory Concert Snare Drumsticks Vic Firth Symphonic Signature Snare Drum Stick - Tim Genis
Suspended Cymbal Mallets Dragonfly Percussion School Band Series Suspended Cymbal Mallets Vic Firth Becken Cymbal Mallets - Soft Yarn Innovative JC2SC James Campbell Medium Suspended Cymbal Mallets
Timpani Mallets Liberty One Soft Timpani Mallets Promark JH4 Jonathan Haas General Timpani Mallets JGPercussion American Series A3 Timpani Mallets - Bamboo
Drum Set Sticks Vic Firth American Classic 5A Drumsticks Vater Manhattan 7A Wood Tip Hickory Drumsticks Vic Firth Signature Series - Steve Gadd Nylon Tip Drumsticks
Bell Mallets Liberty One LX03 Hard Heavy Birch Xylo / Bell Mallets Vic Firth Orchestral Series Keyboard - Medium Poly Balter Glock/Bell Lexan Mallets - Medium Hard
Xylophone Mallets Liberty One LXH Hard Birch Xylophone Mallets Vic Firth Orchestral Series M136 Hard Acetal Xylophone Mallets Malletech Bob Becker BB34 Medium Rattan Xylo/Bell Mallets "Becker Blues"
Vibraphone Mallets N/A Innovative Fundamental Series F5.5 Medium Vibraphone Mallets - Rattan Balter Pro Vibe Series Rattan 23R Medium Blue Cord
Marimba Mallets N/A Innovative Soloist Series IP240 Medium Birch Marimba Mallets Marimba One Round Sound Birch Marimba Mallets - Medium
Gong Mallets N/A Vic Firth Soundpower GB1 Gong Beater - Large Encore KG1 King Gong Gong Mallet
Chime Mallets Weiss Chime Mallet - Rawhide Vic Firth Soundpower Chime Hammer Grover Chime Mallet - Medium 1.5"
Brushes Innovative BR2 Medium Plastic Retractable Brushes Innovative WBR1 Medium Wire Brushes Vic Firth Heritage Brush
Triangle Beater Weiss Loop End Triangle Beater Danmar Triangle Beater Set (506) Grover Standard Triangle Beater Set (TBS)

Instruments

Instrument Elementary Middle School High School
Concert Bass Drum Ludwig Concert Bass Drum Pearl Concert Bass Drum - Concert Series Pearl Concert Bass Drum - Philharmonic Series
Concert Snare Drum Pearl Modern Utility Snare Drum - 14x5.5 Majestic Concert Black Series Snare Drum - 14x6.5 Maple Black Swamp Pro 10 Concert Snare Drum - Maple 14x6.5
Crash Cymbals Sabian 16" B8X Band Cymbals Zildjian 18" Classic Orchestral Selection Med Light Cymbal Pair Sabian 19" AA Viennese Cymbals
Suspended Cymbals Sabian 18" XSR Suspended Cymbal Zildjian 18" Classic Orchestral Selection Suspended Cymbal Zildjian 18" K Constantinople Suspended Cymbal
Timpani Ludwig Standard Fiberglass Timpani Ludwig Standard Smooth Copper Timpani Adams Professional Generation II Hammered Copper Timpani
Bells Yamaha 2.5 Octave Concert Band Bells (YG250D) Musser 2.5 Octave Classic Bells (M645) DeMorrow 2.5 Octave Orchestra Bells
Xylophone Musser 3.0 Octave Xylophone - Kelon Bars Adams 3.5 Octave Soloist Synthetic Xylophone Yamaha 3.5 Octave Acoustalon Symphonic Xylophone
Vibraphone N/A Musser 3.0 Pro Vibraphone Adams 3.0 Octave Concert Vibraphone
Marimba N/A Adams 4.3 Oct. Concert Padouk Marimba Bergerault Signature Series 4.6 Octave Rosewood Marimba
Drum Set Mapex Rebel Complete Jazz 5-Piece Drum Set with Hardware and Cymbals - 20" Bass Drum Yamaha Stage Custom Birch 5-Piece Drum Set with 20" Bass Gretsch Catalina Club Jazz 4-Piece Shell Pack with FREE Cymbals - 18" Bass Drum
Throne Gibraltar 5608 Round Vinyl Drum Throne Gibraltar 6608 Moto Style Vinyl Drum Throne Roc N Soc Drum Throne - Nitro w/ Orignal Seat - Black (NR-O-K)
Tambourine Grover 10" SX Double Row Tambourine - German Silver Black Swamp 10" Overture Series Double Row Tambourine - TDOV Grover 10" Double Row Tambourine - T2/GSPH
Triangle LP 06" Triangle Alan Abel 06" Symphonic Triangle Black Swamp 08" Artisan Triangle
Maracas Meinl Lightweight Plastic Maracas - Black LP Maracas - Professional (LP281) LP Maracas - Professional (LP281)
Shaker Meinl NINO Botany Shakers - Fruit Meinl Studiomix Shakers Large LP Shake-It
Wood Blocks LP Jam Block - Lo Pitch Red (LP1207) Black Swamp Rock Maple Woodblock Grover Wood Blocks
Claves LP King Klave (LP597) LP Clave - Grenadilla (LP261) LP Clave - Grenadilla (LP261)
Congas N/A LP Aspire Wood Conga Set with Stand Meinl Marathon Classic Series Congas - Coffee Burst
Bongo Liberty One Bongo Package - Includes Bongos, Stand, and Bag Meinl Headliner Series Bongos - Vintage Wine Barrel LP Generation II Bongos - Comfort Curve Rims
Wind Chimes LP Bar Chimes - Concert 25 Bar Single Row (449C) TreeWorks Tre35 Classic Single-Row 35 Bar Chime TreeWorks Tre35db Classic Double-Row 69 Bar Chime
Cowbell (High) LP Black Beauty Cowbell LP Black Beauty Cowbell LP Black Beauty Cowbell
Cowbell (Low) LP Rock Cowbell LP Mambo Cowbell LP Salsa Downtown Timbale Cowbell
Temple Blocks LP Granite Block Set (LP1210) LP Granite Block Set (LP1210) Black Swamp Temple Block Set - 5 Blocks (TBSET5)
Sleigh Bells Weiss Steel Sleigh Bells Weiss Steel Sleigh Bells Weiss Steel Sleigh Bells
Castanets Danmar Table Top Castanet Instrument Danmar Table Top Castanet Instrument Epstein Castanets - Grenadillo 2 3/4" - Pair (7G)