In this installment of our 2015 holiday gift guide, we’re taking a look at ten drum accessories for under $100. These comprise some of those essential items that make the life of a drummer easier, more efficient, and ultimately more enjoyable. We hope some of these great gift ideas make it onto your holiday shopping lists. Enjoy!
1. Drum Dial ($59) – The strength in this tuner lies in its ability to measure the surface tension of the drumhead rather than tension rod torque. This allows you to tension your drums without striking them and still achieve great results. The Drum Dial has been a go-to tuning device for players for several years now, and another option can be found from Tama.
2. Tune-bot ($99) – This next-generation tuner clips to the hoop of your drum and measures the overall pitch as well as individual lug pitch, in Hertz or chromatic notes. You can save your settings for each drum to ensure consistent tuning results every time.
3. Meinl Drum Rug ($79) – Drum rugs aren’t like ordinary rugs. They typically come with a special non-slip rubber bottom to help keep your kit in place when playing on different surfaces. Several other rug options are available from Ahead, WolfPak, DW, Kaces, and more.
4. Ahead Drum Silencer Pack ($68) – This particular silencer pack includes everything you’ll need to practice quietly on a five-piece kit with a crash, ride, and hi-hats. Different sizes are available, and there are other options from Vic Firth, Evans, Vater, and more.
5. Road Runner Rolling Hardware Bag ($99) – This 38″-long bag is a lifesaver and a back saver. The double-stitched reinforced lining keeps the bag strong enough to haul all of your hardware. Making the job even easier are the heavy-duty wheels that let you roll the case from the street to the stage. Longer sizes are available, and there are other options from Gator, Humes & Berg, Ahead, SKB, and more.
6. Protection Racket Padded Snare Case ($49) – This 5.5×14 case includes a thick fleece lining to protect your favorite snare drum. Other hard and soft cases are available from a number of other companies, such as Humes & Berg, Ahead, and Gator.
7. Wuhan 10″ Splash ($25) – This is one of the best cymbals you can get for $25. It’s a perfect accent cymbal, or you can get two to make a set of auxiliary hi-hats. You can even drill holes in one of the cymbals for a chunkier, trashier effect.
8. DW Mega Clamp/Cymbal Arm Combo ($64) – This accessory comes with a durable clamp and arm that allows you to easily position a cymbal wherever you’d like. Similar clamp and cymbal-arm options are available from Gibraltar, Yamaha, Tama, Pearl, and more.
9. Shure SE215 Sound Isolating Earphones ($89) – Whether you’re on stage or in the practice room, having a good pair of comfortable in-ear monitors can make all the difference. Shure offers a great affordable option for those who aren’t quite ready to invest in custom molds. The Single Dynamic MicroDriver, soft case, detachable cable, and assortment of sleeve shapes and sizes make this a great option for people looking to spend south of $100.
10. Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder ($99) – Having a high-quality portable recording device is crucial for musicians. You can record practice sessions, capture ideas and inspirations, document performances, and so on. Other options are also available from Tascam, Sony, and more.