What do you buy the tub-thumper who has everything? Here are some great gifts for drummers and percussionists…
Drummers, like most musicians, suffer from GAS (gear acquisition syndrome). So, whilst it might seem that they will be difficult to buy Christmas gifts for, if you indulge their love of drum related, er… stuff, then you can’t go wrong.
To help, here are some suggestions from the gifts for drummers section, in our online store.
1. Meinl Headliner Cajon
The humble Cajon has grown from being a rather niche percussion instrument used in South American and Spanish musical styles, to being a regular sight in acoustic performances everywhere.
Often, if a band is performing their work acoustically, the drummer’s role is reduced to a few bits of hand percussion or removed altogether. This is in part due to the fact that a drum kit would be too loud for a performance with acoustic guitars, and partly because an acoustic gig tends to be smaller in scale.
Players will typically carry a few guitars along, and plug them into a PA. Transporting a drum kit, by contrast, is a major operation.
A Cajon offers a sound akin to a drum kit played with brushes or rods, is incredibly portable and can be played very intuitively. In addition, the sound hole provides an ideal place to position a microphone.
This Meinl Headliner (above) is a great, affordable Cajon, providing drummers with many more options when playing live. It makes a great emergency stool, too…
2. Moongel Damper Pad
Though there are many great gifts for drummers available, you can never really go wrong with some Moongel. Almost every drummer you meet will have some of this lying around, both professional and intermediate, as it’s perfect for snare drums, floor and rack toms.
Every drummer knows that damping options can look and feel pretty bulky and often change the sound of a drum rather than just controlling the resonance, but with Moongel, you get far greater control over unwanted resonance without sacrificing tone.
This nifty little Moongel pack comes with 4 small pads that can be cut to size. As far as gifts go, it’s a pretty solid idea as somewhere down the line a drummer is pretty much guaranteed to need the help of Moongel at some point.
3. MIRAGE T-1 DRUM THRONE
Like cymbals, the drum stools included with beginner kits are often an area where costs are kept down, resulting in stools that are basic.
This can mean that sitting at your kit is uncomfortable, at best, and causing back problems at worst.
This Mirage T1 Drum Throne is a great upgrade. It’s ergonomically designed, with a nice thick layer of padding. It’s constructed beautifully and minimizes side to side movement (crucial for reducing the chances of back issues).
Super comfortable and super tough.
4. Mirage DMK-10 Mesh Electronic Kit
The Mirage DMK-10 Mesh makes for a superb set of digital drums: it’s truly portable and has a very capable sound module, its lightweight, design collapses so that it can be easily transported from place to place meaning that you could feasibly carry this to a rehearsal or gig!
If used in the home, it means that the drums could also be taken down and stored, where space is limited.
The Mirage DMK-10 Mesh Kit Bundle even includes a stool, sticks and headphones to get you up and running in no time!
5. Roland BT-1 Bar Trigger Pad
Designed to work with your existing setup, the Roland BT-1 Bar Trigger Pad allows you to dip your toes into the world of electronic percussion. You can attach the BT-1 to any drum pad, get some external sampling gear involved (the Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad is one shout) and you’re away.
Whether you’re triggering effects and/or samples with subtle or in-your-face results, the BT-1 is an excellent piece of kit.
6. Roland SPD:ONE Series
The Roland SPD:ONE Series of pads offers unique opportunities for drummers who want to expand their percussive horizons without resorting to expensive gear or expansive setups.
The SPD:ONE KICK offers a selection of 22 onboard sounds that cover sampled kick drums and other percussive instruments, as well as 12 sound banks for importing or accessing your own WAV samples.
The SPD:ONE Percussion also boasts 22 high quality instruments. However, there;s a built-in 5 second sample that allows you to trigger your own audio, whatever it may be. You can also import via USB by simply dragging and dropping your files.
The SPD:ONE WAV is stacked with 4GB of sample memory, which gives you a universe of sampling potential to trigger audio to your heart’s content. A handy feature of the SPD:ONE WAV is the intelligent click-track that can be assigned solely to your headphone mix whilst the audio sample can be heard via the main output as well as your monitor mix.
Check out the Roland SPD:ONE Series to find the perfect one for you or your loved one.
7. Dawsons Vouchers
If you’re still not sure, and the drummer in questions is close to one of our stores, Dawsons Vouchers are always a very safe bet. By gifting these, you can be sure that they will choose something that they want or need, without having to get involved in any technical drumming-speak…
Vouchers are available in £20 and £10 denominations, and redeemable in any of our high street stores.
Head to the Dawsons Music website where we’ve curated more “Gifts for Drummers”.
Jon is a multi-instrumentalist with a passion for inspiring others to get involved in making music. After spending many years playing venues here, there and – pretty much – everywhere, he joined the Dawsons’ Music Web Team before progressing into his current role managing the Dawsons Blog.