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Here are some things that I’ve come across that can make a drummer’s life easier or, at the very least, more interesting.  Like any writer worth his sodium, I use some of these then texted my much smarter drummer friends to hear their ideas.

Here’s what the village came up with:

  1. The Miller Machine

    These guys are lifesavers for pit players. They allow one handed triangle and finger cymbal playing. Comes in handy when you’re in the middle of 315 bars of time and there’s invariably that one triangle note out of nowhere.

  2. Tangereens Percussion Sticks

    Plastic casings surrounding either a shaker or jingle bells. Great for creating different textures at lower volumes. And they come in handy at all of those corporate holiday party gigs.

  3. Muffbone

    It’s not what you think it is….You can use this clever little device for quick bass drum muffling. It fits between your pedal and batter head and provides a pretty broad range of options when you don’t have a lot of time to tune to the room.

  4. Drumbal

    Cruel twist of irony? Rise of the machines? This groovy little gadget helps replicate drum machine sounds such as white noise, hand claps, and electronic snare on your acoustic kit. I know, right?

  5. Manhasset Drummer Stand

    The ultimate ‘didn’t know I needed it but I’m sure glad I have it’ invention. This stand comes with a multi clamp and will attach to any tom or cymbal stand allowing you to always have the music between you and the conductor. Which they apparently appreciate.

Let us know in the comments if you have any other cool gadgets for drummers or for musicians in general.

8 Responses to 5 Drum Accessories You Didn’t Know You Needed

  1. Dont forget the iPad. I used it to replace my gigantic binder of music. Awesome.

  2. Nice one, Jolley! The village came up with some good stuff there. That drumbal is interesting, I’d like to see that in person. On the video it’s hard to tell how good the sound is.

  3. Dale says:

    Great post. I’ve enjoyed reading your other posts as well (specifically the series you did about your move to NYC and finding gigs there). I’m hoping to purchase the Tangereens soon. Not sure when I’ll get the Miller Machine, but I’d love to get one of those as well. Love this website, thanks for posting great content!

  4. From the “didn’t know you needed” tag, I thought this was going in a different direction. Here are my five tips (as a kit player who likes to get odd sounds out of things).

    1. Bath Chain – picked up from B&Q for around 50p, loop that mother over your cymbal stand for instant sizzle on any cymbal!

    2. Scrap metal/pieces of broken cymbal – If you have a splash, then great. Otherwise you can use a jigsaw to cut out the centre circle of your cracked old cymbals to use instead. Try stacking them or adding them to your snare or kick pad for an added metallic crack.

    3. Wallet full o’ coins – apart from the obvious benefit of having some cash, a weighty leather wallet works great as a dampener on the batter head of your snare.
    It’s also worth carrying a tea-towel or old t-shirt for a different texture.
    It worked OK for Ringo.

    4. A suitcase – for when your girlfriend gets fed of the racket you make? No!
    An empty (sturdy) suitcase makes a great bass drum for acoustic/jazz shows where you need to set up quickly. If you can get one big enough to fit your snare and a couple of stands in, you’re laughing!

    5. Unused/ played out drumheads – upside down (especially on snare) gives a removable extra layer to your skins. Forget paying over the odds for O-rings!

    and the bonus…

    A friggin’ Drum Key – I’m amazed at how many drummers don’t tweak things on the fly. This is a must have.

    My $0.02…

  5. Walker says:

    I have never seen the Miller Machine, but I love it already.

  6. Casey says:

    Love the website and this article. Have you guys ever done an article on “Must-Have Equipment” for musicians working in a big city? Drum carts? Backpack style cymbal bags? Things of this nature? I’d love to get some suggestions.


  7. Stefano B. says:

    Very useful article, smart and wise! Also, what Elliott Clarke wrote was very useful too and hilarious….man, I never thought how an empty suitcase can be used as a bass drum and a container at the same time! You’re smart!


  8. Glen Brown says:

    The suitcase idea was long forgotten from my teenagehood when I didn’t have money for drum kit. The backpack cymbal bag is brilliant. Is there one for sale anywhere?
    Thanks for the great blog. Glad I found it.

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