Drum & Percussion Accessories
About Drum Accessories
With the limitless options for layout and composition of a percussion setup drummers thrive on customization. This makes drum accessories nearly as important as the drums and cymbals themselves in the playing experience. These accessories can be broken down into two main types: maintenance supplies and playing tools. The former category includes the sort of accessories one would expect to find in a repair shop such as drum heads, tuning keys, replacement parts and supplies for care and cleaning. In general heads should be replaced at least every 12 months with other maintenance gear being employed as necessary.
In the category of playing tools a further two divisions can be established. The first involves practice accessories which mostly consist of practice pads. Available from manufacturers like Remo and Evans these allow drummers to warm up without requiring the full size and volume of a complete drum set. The second category of playing tools includes those used during a performance such as the many types of drum sticks and drum mallets offered by Vic Firth, Vater, Zildjian, Promark, and other brands. There are also accessories such as drum shields and drum rugs for securing a drummer's kit onstage as well as a great deal of hardware readily available from Gibraltar among other makes to aid in instrument mounting positioning and similar general tasks.