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 Vic Firth Soundpower BD3 Bass Drum Mallet - Staccato Encore Payson B3 General Bass Drum Mallets Vic Firth Tom Gauger TG04 Bass Drum Mallets - Rollers (pair)
Concert Snare Drum Sticks Vic Firth American Custom SD1 Drumsticks - General Innovative CL1 Chris Lamb Maple Concert Snare Drumsticks Vic Firth Symphonic Signature Snare Drum Stick - Tim Genis
Suspended Cymbal Mallets Vic Firth Becken Cymbal Mallets - Soft Yarn Vic Firth Becken Cymbal Mallets - Soft Yarn Innovative JC2SC James Campbell Medium Suspended Cymbal Mallets
Timpani Mallets Innovative Concert Series CT2 Medium 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 Innovative Signature Series ES1 Ed Soph Maple Drumsticks Vic Firth Signature Series - Dave Weckl Drumsticks
Bell Mallets Liberty One LLB Lexan Birch Bell / Xylophone Mallets Vic Firth Orchestral Series Keyboard - Medium Poly Balter Glock/Bell Lexan Mallets - Medium Hard
Xylophone Mallets Liberty One LXM Medium 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 Double Helix DHB4 Medium Birch Mallets
Gong Mallets N/A Vic Firth Soundpower GB1 Gong Beater - Large Vic Firth Soundpower GB4 Gong Beater - Medium
Chime Mallets Weiss Chime Mallet - Rawhide Vic Firth Soundpower Chime Hammer Grover Chime Mallet - Medium 1.5"
Brushes Innovative BR1 Light Plastic Retractable Brushes Innovative WBR1 Medium Wire Brushes Vic Firth Heritage Brush
Triangle Beater Weiss Triangle Beaters - Basic Set Of 4 Weiss Brass Triangle Beater Set with Leather Case Grover Standard Triangle Beater Set (TBS)


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 Concert Series Snare Drum - Maple 14x6.5 Majestic Concert Black Series Snare Drum - 14x6.5 Maple Black Swamp Pro 10 Concert Snare Drum - Maple 14x6.5
Crash Cymbals Zildjian 16" I Series Band Cymbal Pair Zildjian 18" Classic Orchestral Selection Med Light Cymbal Pair Zildjian 18" K Symphonic Cymbal Pair
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 Musser 2.5 Octave Classic Bells (M645) Yamaha 2.5 Octave Concert Band Bells (YG250D) DeMorrow 2.5 Octave Orchestra Bells
Xylophone Adams 3.5 Octave Academy Series Xylophone 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 Marimba One 4.3 Octave Educational Series Marimba with Classic Resonators and Traditional Padouk Keyboard
Drum Set Ludwig Breakbeats Questlove Drum Set Pearl EXX Export Drum Set with 20″ Bass Drum And Hardware Yamaha Stage Custom Birch 5-Piece Drum Set with 20" Bass
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 Rhythm Tech RT1011 Tambourine - Black with Brass Jingles Grover 10" SX Double Row Tambourine - German Silver 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 LP Shake-It LP Shake-It 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 LP City Series Wood Bongos LP Generation II Bongos - Traditional Rims LP Galaxy Giovanni Series Wood Bongos
Wind Chimes LP Bar Chimes - Concert 25 Bar Single Row (449C) TreeWorks Tre35 Classic Single-Row 35 Bar Chime TreeWorks Tre35 Classic Single-Row 35 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 Mambo Cowbell
Temple Blocks LP Granite Block Set (LP1210) LP Granite Block Set (LP1210) Black Swamp Temple Block Set - 5 Blocks (TBSET5)
Sleigh Bells Ludwig Sleigh Bells Ludwig Sleigh Bells Ludwig Sleigh Bells
Castanets Danmar Table Top Castanet Instrument Danmar Table Top Castanet Instrument Epstein Castanets - Grenadillo 2 3/4" - Pair (7G)