• School Series 27 Key Glockenspiel Xylophone with Carry Case

    School Series 27 Key Glockenspiel Xylophone with Carry Case. Condition is Used. Dispatched with Royal Mail 2nd Class.good condition hard plastic carry case .beaters not supplied.
    £19.99
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    £15.40 postage
  • New listingAAX 14 stage hi hat cymbals

    Logos worn on top hat due to excessive cleaning. Details and pictures to be added in next few hours.
    £105.00
    Size: 14 inch
    £31.23 postage
    Customs services and international tracking provided
  • New listingZildjian A Avedis Sweet 21 ride cymbal - no damage

    Multiple photos of actual cymbal to be added soon from phone. 21 A Sweet ride. Will be well bubble wrapped and sent speedily. No cracks, dings, warping or dents.
    £139.00
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    £31.77 postage
  • New listingDream Bliss 16” Crash Cymbal

    It had been used only once or twice and is in excellent co diction.
    £95.00
    Size: 16 inch
    £24.75 postage
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    or Best Offer
  • New listingSonor Performer Bass drum 22" x 16"

    £145.00
    Size: 22 inch
    £35.00 postage
  • New listingZildjian 14” A Custom Mastersound Hat Hat Cymbals

    Lovely Pair of Hi Hat cymbals. logos - faded a bit on top, good on bottom. surface - brilliant finish with really nice normal aged Tarnish. I have included maximum photos for scrutiny as I don’t try and hide anything.
    £149.95
    Size: 14 inch
    £27.93 postage
    Customs services and international tracking provided
  • New listingZildjian Avedis A 16 crash cymbal - Mint condition

    Mint condition. Amazing sound. See pics of cymbal - will load soon. Will be well bubble wrapped and sent speedily.
    £145.00
    Size: 16 inch
    £28.53 postage
    Customs services and international tracking provided
  • Protection Racket 14" x 11" Tom Case

    Every possible size is available for any combination of drum kit, with ease of use at the forefront of their design.
    £40.00
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    £24.21 postage
  • New listingTama Iron Cobra 'Power Glide' Double Bass Pedal with case.

    Drum key included.
    £185.00
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    £28.59 postage
    or Best Offer
  • New listingSonor Performer Tom 12" x 10"

    £55.00
    Size: 10 inch
    £20.00 postage
  • New listingProtection Racket cymbal bag - excellent near mint condition

    Excellent condition. Interior and exterior excellent.
    £42.00
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    £26.91 postage
  • New listing Zildjian K Splash 12" from 90’S

    I have for sale Zildjian K Splash 12" from 90’S in good condition.
    £95.00
    Size: 12 inch
    £9.99 postage
  • Brass Cymbals Centent Branded Splashes Crashes Hi Hats and Ride free postage

    £16.00 to £53.00
    Ending Today at 1:50PM BST33m 56s
    £15.92 postage
    Size: 20 inch
    2 watching
    Customs services and international tracking provided
  • New listingZildjian ZXT 14” Titanium Solid Hi Hat Cymbals

    Fabulous pair of hi hats. logos - good on top, good on bottom. I have included maximum photos for scrutiny as I don’t try and hide anything. Edges - good and smooth. surface - Bronze Silver amazing finish with normal aged Tarnish and marks.
    £64.95
    Size: 14 inch
    £23.76 postage
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    or Best Offer
  • New listingZildjian K Hybrid 20 ride cymbal - great condition

    K Hybrid 20 ride cymbal. Great condition. Amazing sound. See pics of cymbal to be added soon. Stamped as you would expect. Logos good.
    £175.00
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    £32.33 postage
  • New listing70's XXXL 31 " PREMIER BASS DRUM CASE

    Width about 80 cm. small cut = check pic 6.
    £85.00
    From Germany
    £35.00 postage
  • New listing14 x Vintage Bass Drum T Rods & Claws - Brass

    £30.00
    Brand: Unbranded
    £20.56 postage
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    or Best Offer
  • Free P&P. 11” Trashy Splash Cymbal and Cymbal Stand. CCS81249

    You are viewing… An 11” Trashy Sounding Splash Cymbal complete with a Straight Cymbal Stand. Cymbal is in good condition with no dings, bends or keyholing. Cymbal Stand has all screws and threads perfectly working and it is height adjustable.
    £35.00
    Top Rated Plus
    £15.51 postage
    Size: 10 inch
    Only 1 left.
    Customs services and international tracking provided
  • New listingZildjian A Custom 20 Ping Ride Cymbal

    <p>Zildjian A Custom 20 Ping Ride Cymbal . Condition is Used but excellent, no key holes or cracks.</p><br><p>Dispatched with Royal Mail 2nd Class.</p><br><p>From a smoke and let free home studio.</p>
    £150.00
    Size: 20 inch
    £23.05 postage
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    or Best Offer
  • New listingMeinl MCS 20” Ride Cymbal

    <p>Meinl MCS 20” Ride Cymbal </p><br><p>Good Condition.</p><p>surface - normal Tarnish </p><p>logos - good on top, good on bottom. </p><p>Edges - good and smooth</p><p>No cracks dinks or dents</p><p>No keyholing </p><p>I have included maximum photos for scrutiny as I don’t try and hide anything. </p><p>grab yourself a bargain as these treble bought new. </p><br><p>Any questions please feel free to contact me and thanks for looking.</p><br><p>Please see other similar items I have for sale</p><br><p>I do ship internationally but I use the eBay international shipping service. The shipping fees and other possible taxes should be visible for the buyer. I do not use any other service.</p><p>Please consider this when purchasing any item. Thank you</p>
    £39.95
    Size: 20 inch
    £23.20 postage
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    or Best Offer
  • New listingPair of Vintage A Zildjian 15 inch High Hat Cymbals c1960s

    These cymbals were part of a kit, so you might be interested to have a look at our other things for sale.
    £325.00
    Size: 15 inch
    £33.33 postage
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    or Best Offer
  • Drum Pedal Damonator Pearl P-930

    <p>Hi there,</p><p>I am selling a Drum Pedal Damonator Pearl P-930 in great condition (nearly new condition)</p><p>Any questions please ask</p>
    £55.00
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    £25.62 postage
  • New listingPaiste 302 16” Crash Cymbal

    <p>Paiste 302 16” Crash Cymbal</p><br><p>Really nice cymbal </p><br><p>surface - brilliant finish with normal age related Tarnish </p><br><p>logos - good on top and bottom </p><br><p>Edges - good and smooth </p><p>No cracks dinks dents or warps</p><p>No keyholing </p><p>I have included maximum photos for scrutiny as I don’t try and hide anything. </p><p>decent basic cymbal </p><br><p>Any questions please feel free to contact me and thanks for looking.</p><br><p>Please see other similar items I have for sale</p><br><p>I do ship internationally but I use the eBay international shipping service. The shipping fees and other possible taxes should be visible for the buyer. I do not use any other service.</p><p>Please consider this when purchasing any item. Thank you</p>
    £29.95
    Size: 16 inch
    £22.05 postage
    Customs services and international tracking provided
  • New listingDW 4000 Double Bass Drum Pedals

    <p>DW 4000 Double Bass Drum Pedals </p><br><p>Really good condition as shown in photos. All fully functioning and in perfect working order so grab yourself a bargain. </p><br><p>Any questions please feel free to contact me and thanks for looking</p>
    £125.00
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    £25.54 postage
    or Best Offer
  • New listingMeinl MCS 16” Crash Cymbal

    <p>Meinl MCS 16” Crash Cymbal </p><br><p>Good Condition.</p><p>surface - brilliant finish with normal age related Tarnish </p><p>logos - good on top, good on bottom. </p><p>Edges - good and smooth</p><p>No cracks dinks or dents</p><p>No keyholing </p><p>I have included maximum photos for scrutiny as I don’t try and hide anything. </p><p>grab yourself a bargain as these treble bought new. </p><br><p>Any questions please feel free to contact me and thanks for looking.</p><br><p>Please see other similar items I have for sale</p><br><p>I do ship internationally but I use the eBay international shipping service. The shipping fees and other possible taxes should be visible for the buyer. I do not use any other service.</p><p>Please consider this when purchasing any item. Thank you</p>
    £39.95
    Size: 16 inch
    £22.70 postage
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    or Best Offer
  • New listingLarge Fur Tom Drum

    A lovely tom drum made with real fur lining.
    £29.99
    Brand: Unbranded
    £89.00 postage
  • New listingVintage Premier Olympic cymbal floor stand 60/70s model vgc Lightweight Option!

    Top rod with integral tilter. 100% functional. 60/70s model vg Lightweight Option!Original parts. Rest of World £25.
    £37.99
    £17.00 postage
  • WOODEN TAMBOURINES AND HAND DRUMS PERCUSSION MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

    £3.90 to £6.75
    Brand: Unbranded
    £11.90 postage
    339 sold
  • Vintage Rogers Bass / Kick Drum Pedal Pre-loved / Used - FREE UK POST

    Also, this pedal is similar to the famous Rogers 'Swivomatic'. as it is possible to swivel the pedal both left and right.
    £69.00
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    £17.07 postage
  • New listingPearl Export Snare Drum 14x5"

    Pearl Export Snare Drum 14x5". Good condition ,batter head worn but still good .slight pitting here and there .
    £45.00
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    £24.90 postage
    or Best Offer
  • New listingPearl Demonator Single Bass Drum Pedal P930

    Pearl Demonator Single Bass Drum Pedal P930. <br>Has a new Mapex 3 sided beater. <br> <br>Very good condition. <br>Please see photo's. <br>Will send via courier service or cash on collection welcome.
    £45.00
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    £23.90 postage
  • New listingAA Meinl 20” HCS Ride (medium)

    <p>AA Meinl 20” HCS Ride (medium). </p><br><p>Condition is Used but pretty much new - hardly used as bought for a one off project.</p><br><p>Dispatched with Royal Mail 2nd Class.</p>
    £50.00
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    £20.87 postage
    or Best Offer
  • New listing16 Inch IRISH GUINNESS BODHRAN. Irish Folk Drum, + 8 Inch

    16 Inch IRISH GUINNESS BODHRAN. Irish Folk Drum, + 8 Inch. Condition is Used. Dispatched with Royal Mail 2nd Class.
    £70.00
    Size: 16 inch
    £19.25 postage
    Customs services and international tracking provided
  • Roland CY-8 Electronic Dual Trigger 12" Cymbal + Mount/Arm + Rack Clamp + Lead

    Includes CY8 cymbal trigger, MDH-6U rack clamp, cymbal mount and lead. Cymbal Pads. Roland CY8 12" Electronic Cymbal Pad. + Mount/Arm + Lead+ MDH-6U Rack Clamp. Drum Modules. Drum Racks. Electronic Drum Specialists.
    £75.00
    Top Rated Plus
    £25.00 postage
    Size: 12 inch
  • Tam Tam African Percussion

    Good condition - a broken fastener (see photos). shells of wedging bio, film to.
    £113.75
    From France
    £59.17 postage
    Brand: Unbranded
  • New listingRowland Boss Dr Rhythm DR-550

    Condition like new old school drum machine. Roland BOSS Dr Rhythm.
    £150.00
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    £28.16 postage
    or Best Offer
  • New listingMeinl Classics 18” Powerful Crash Cymbal

    Nice cutting Crash cymbal. grab yourself a bargain as these treble bought new. surface - brilliant finish. I have included maximum photos for scrutiny as I don’t try and hide anything.
    £49.00
    Size: 18 inch
    £23.34 postage
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    or Best Offer
  • Zildjian 22" Z Custom Power Ride (Rare Discontinued) Great Condition!

    Zildjian Z Custom Power Ride 22" (Rare Discontinued) Great Condition! No nicks, dents, cracks, keyholing or issues whatsoever. Slight logo fade as can be seen in photos but I think that's to be expected of such an old ride. Very defined ping and bell. You will be heard through any genre of music including rock and metal. Zildjian no longer make any kinds of cymbals this heavy anymore so if you're interested in an extremely defined, pingy ride with little wash or undertones, this is what you need. Serial says that it was manufactured in 2003. <br>Snatch up a great rare cymbal while you can!
    £181.58
    From Australia
    £53.94 postage
    Size: 22 inch
    or Best Offer
  • New listingNEAR MINT Meinl Percussion ABS Brass Jingle Mountable Tambourine TMT2BBK

    <p>For sale we have this meinl tambourine that’s only been played with a couple times. The tambourine itself is in great condition but has couple scuffs as seen in the pictures. It does not come in the original box.</p><br><p>Unlike other tambourines, MEINL utilize several different parts in the frame which are assembled into a type of "sandwich." This results in unsurpassed durability. The durable ABS frame allows hard hitting and energetic hand playing. They deliver a very warm, yet cutting sound.</p><br><p>Features/Specifications:</p><br><p>ABS plastic body</p><p>Padded soft grip for more playing comfort</p><p>Ergonomic design</p><p>Guiro style playing surface</p><p>"Sandwich" construction</p><p>Black finish</p>
    £55.00
    £12.10 postage
  • Paiste 200 China Type 16 " Dish China from 12 " Second Hand

    Paiste 16 200 China Type "China From 12" used. PAISTE 16 200 CHINA TYPE "CHINA FROM 12" USED. Type: China Type. Series: 200.
    £125.04
    From Italy
    £16.28 postage
  • Musical Triangle Steel School Percussion Instrument with Beater - TRIXES

    Coupled with a solid steel beater so your triangle isn't left hanging. 13cm beater with plastic handle. 1 x Beater. 1 x Triangle. Strong durable stainless steel. MP3 MP4 Players. Each side is 6" long.
    £3.49
    Top Rated Plus
    £2.50 postage
    972 sold
  • ZED Drum Wrap Self Adhesive Vinyl Smooth,Shiny,Glitter,Sequin,Sparkle,Hologram

    £2.49 to £189.90
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    £15.51 postage
  • 17Keys Butterfly Acoustic Kalimba Thumb Piano Mbira Wood Xmas Gift Toy Set Blue

    <li> Conditions:</li> <li>*New butterfly style, comfortable armrest will help you long time play,</li> <li>*Kalimba, also known as Thumb Piano, is a new type of instrument originated in Africa.</li> <li>*Kalimba Mineral Steel keys are mounted on a solid wood box that acts as the resonating chamber.</li> <li>*You could play songs easily by pulling keys. A simple operation can learn a minute. is recommended for children to cultivate musical talent and adults like music.. It's recommended for travelling, party, relaxing etc.</li> <li>*Solid wood body and ore metal tines providing longer sustain and comfortable touch feeling</li>.
    £17.99
    Brand: Unbranded
    £4.99 postage
    57 sold
  • 5A Drum Sticks Pair High Quality Maple Wood Tip Drumsticks Percussion Sticks

    Oval shaped wooden tip to give a clear cymbal ring. 5A High Quality Maple Wood Drum Sticks Drumsticks. 1 x Pair Drum Stick. Quantity: 1 pair. Length: 39.5 cm.
    £2.37
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    Was: Previous price£2.49
    £14.79 postage
    202 sold
  • Foot Tambourine Percussion Jingle Shaker Musical Instrument Bells

    The foot tambourine percussion has a half moon design to fit over the bridge of the foot and is made from durable ABS plastic to withstand regular use. Our Small foot tambourine is ideal for guitar players, musicians, singers, dancers, music classes, bands, gigging, recording studio and much more.
    £5.69
    Top Rated Plus
    £0.79 postage
    135 sold
  • Moon Gel Pack 6 Pieces by RTOM

    RTOM Moongel prevents this, it is a re-useable gel which can be cut and placed on the head preventing the resonance. Ideally you would place a piece at 12 o'clock or at 6 o'clock and one at 3 or 9 for best results.
    £6.99
    Customs services and international tracking provided
    £14.92 postage

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Percussion Instruments 

Percussion instruments are any that make a sound by being hit, scraped or shaken and they have a pivotal role in music. 

Percussion is the largest group in an orchestra and contains a variety of instruments that play melodies, harmonies and rhythm.  

The word ‘percussion’ comes from the Latin ‘percussio’ which means to “to beat, strike” as a musical term.  

Percussion instruments are classified as definite pitch or indefinite pitch in accordance with the sound they make.

Types of sound production

Percussion instruments can be assigned to one of four categories:

  • Idiophone – producing a sound due to vibration of the instrument.  Include chimes, handbells, slit drum, cymbals, triangles and xylophones
  • Membranophone – a sound is produced when a membrane is struck with the hand, a mallet, a stick or a beater.  Includes bongos, bass drums, snare drums and timpani
  • Chordophone – defined as string instruments but are also percussion instruments.  Includes pianos, cimbaloms and berimbaus
  • Aerophone – mostly  wind instruments. Includes sirens, slide whistles and samba whistles

Types of pitch

  • Definite pitch – a obvious pitch that can play different notes so is able to play melodies and harmonies.  Includes handbells, harps, vibraphones, timpani, steel pans and xylophones
  • Indefinite pitch – sounds produced using complex frequencies with no discernible pitch but are important for rhythm.  Includes castanets, bass drums, cymbals and snare drums

Benefits of percussion instruments

Percussion instruments are generally considered the rhythm section within an orchestra and produce a range of different sounds.  

Pitched or tuned instruments are used to add a ‘celestial’ impact whilst unpitched or untuned instruments, such as the cymbal, are played to create a climatic element to the music.  

A percussionist in an orchestra will often play more than one percussion instrument.  The instruments are used to maintain the rhythm, add variety and excitement to the music, and produce distinctive sounds.  

The most common instruments in the percussion section are:

  • Timpani
  • Cymbals
  • Snare drums 
  • Bass drums
  • Triangle
  • Maracas
  • Chimes
  • Tambourines
  •  A celesta
  • Gongs 
  • Piano
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