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Cajon You Dig It?
By Adam Balling
12/28/2016 9:45:00 AM  
Cajons have become extremely popular recently. You can find them in lots of popular music and are becoming increasingly popular in the classroom. Cajons are a great substitute or addition to any drummer’s collection. You can use them in small club settings as a sub for a drum set, or integrate Read more...

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Categories: World Percussion
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What Are The Differences Between Rosewood, Padouk, and Synthetic Mallet Bars?
By Adam Balling
12/20/2016 11:11:00 AM  
Rosewood:  Rosewood bars can be found on the top of the line instruments for both marimbas and xylophones.  Rosewood is known for its warmth and resonance.  Manufacturers have their different ways of sorting out quality of rosewood bars and tuning.  In general, the high end instr Read more...

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Tags: marimba, xylophone, rosewood, padouk, synthetic, zelon, acoustalon
Categories: Concert Percussion
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Where Does Our Used/Demo Gear Come From?
By Adam Balling
5/10/2016 8:11:00 AM  
Where does our Used/Demo gear come from? Percussion Source has great relationship with their vendors.  Occasionally we get the chance to purchase gear that is used at a conference, trade show, or concert that has had little use.  Some of these items have simply been on display at a trade Read more...

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Categories: Accessories, Concert Percussion, Drumsets, World Percussion
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Mike Balter Product Reference Guide
By Adam Balling
5/2/2016 10:37:00 AM  
The folks at Mike Balter have put together an incredible resource that describes all their mallet options and what situations certain mallets are best used. This reference not only goes into product details and specs, but what application and musical suggestions those mallets are best used. If you a Read more...

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Concert Bass Drum Handbook
By Adam Balling
4/20/2016 12:39:00 PM  
Here is an overview of things to know about concert bass drums. Whether you are purchasing a new drum, working on an old one, or performing, these are helpful things for all percussionists to know.   Depth: The depth of any drum will affect the tone, projection and volume. A deeper shell will Read more...

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Stick And Mallet Bag 101
By Adam Balling
10/1/2015 6:00:00 AM  
Having trouble figuring out what kind of stick bag you need? There are so many options out there today it can be overwhelming. When someone asks me what kind of bag they should get, I always ask what them a few questions first. Who is going to be using the bag? Is this just for drumsticks? Do you ha Read more...

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Tags: Stick bag, mallet bag, bag, case
Categories: Accessories, Sticks & Mallets, Concert Percussion, Drumsets
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Product Spotlight: A. Stubbs Timpani Practice Pad TPP2
By Adam Balling
9/28/2015 11:35:00 AM  
The Stubbs timpani practice pad is a great tool for any percussionist to keep up your timpani chops. Gone are the days of setting up pillows around the bed, the TPP2 pad has come around to answer your timpani practicing concerns. The new design of the pad came out in 2013. When we are at convention Read more...

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Categories: Accessories, Concert Percussion, Product Spotlight
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Are Sticks And Mallets Sold Individually Or In Pairs?
By Adam Balling
9/15/2015 11:11:00 AM  
The majority of sticks and mallets are sold in pairs. A quantity of 1 = 2 mallets.  There are some mallets such as bass drum, gong, and marimba mallets that are sold individually or in sets of 4.  If you have any questions feel free to contact us at service@percussionsource.com Read more...

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Tags: drumsticks, mallets, sticks, chime hammers, gong mallets
Categories: Sticks & Mallets
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Korogi EKO32 Desktop Xylophone
By Adam Balling
7/29/2015 2:43:00 PM  
The EKO32 2.6 Padouk bar desktop xylophone has been become extremely popular for beginning percussionists and professionals. Because of the high grade of padouk and tuning processes make this instrument stand out from its competitors. This instrument will work great on a desk or table top as well a Read more...

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Tags: Korogi, xylophone, desktop
Categories: Concert Percussion
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What Size Timpani Heads Do I Need?
By Adam Balling
7/20/2015 12:00:00 AM  
Timpani heads are not like normal snare drum or tom heads.  Timpani head sizes are specific to the drums make and model.  Most timpani use extended collar heads. This means the head is actually larger than the bowl size.  So, how do you find out what heads you need?  Below are a Read more...

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Tags: timpani, timpani heads, size, extended collar
Categories: Concert Percussion
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How To Measure Conga and Bongo Drum Heads (1)
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