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Do You Buy Back Used Instruments? – FAQs

Another frequently asked question we get is “Do you buy used instruments?”

We do buy back used instruments, but we don’t buy back everything. Before you bring your instrument in to the store, here are a few things to know:

1. There is no guarantee that we can make an offer to buy your instrument. Our offers are contingent upon many factors, including:

  • Condition
  • Age of the instrument
  • Make and model of the instrument (ie, has the model been discontinued?)
  • Current store inventory levels

2. If we are able to make an offer on your instrument, please note that it will be a wholesale price. Similar to trading a car in to a dealer as opposed to selling to a private party, we cannot offer the full market value of the instrument. As a general rule, our offers may only be about 50% of the current market value.

3. We may also take into account necessary repair work, cleaning, or other refurbishments that must be done to put the instrument in sellable condition. These deductions will also be reflected on any offers.

4. To sell an instrument to us, you must be at least 18 years old.  Although not required, preference will be given if we can verify that you or someone in your family is the original owner of an instrument that originally came from Chops Percussion/Paige’s Music.

5. If we make an offer on your instrument, a valid photo ID is required at the time of purchase.

6. No cash can be given for instrument buy-backs. Payments will be made via check, to be mailed to your address within 7-10 business days, or via account credit to be used for in-store purchases.

As always, please call us first before you come in. If we’re not interested in the particular instrument you have, it could save you a trip.

If you have any questions, please call 1-877-900-DRUM or email us at chops@chopspercussion.com.

Marching Pads

Welcome back to the Chops blog! In our last post we discussed several popular practice pads. Today we’re going to focus on practice pads designed specifically for marching drummers.

Vic Firth Heavy Hitter Pads

Vic Firth offers a complete line of practice pads for marching drummers with their Heavy Hitter pads. Last time we introduced the Stock Pad, which we recommend for all drummers, and the Slim Pad, which we recommend for marching drummers. The thin rubber surface of the Slim Pad is designed to imitate high tension marching snare drums.

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For tenor (or quad) drummers, the Heavy Hitter Quadropad is a popular choice. Like the Slim and Stock Pads, the Quadropad features gum rubber pads on a durable wood surface. Two sizes, small and large, are available to match common tenor drum configurations. The small Quadropad mimics 8, 10, 12, and 13 inch tenor drums, while the large pad replicates the more common 10, 12, 13, and 14 inch sets. Both sets include two unattached, adhesive backed pads for the “shot” or “spock” drums that the player can set according to their preference. Each set also includes a complete set of laminates, an adhesive backed piece of plastic that increases articulation and simulates the feel of marching tenors.

The Heavy Hitter series also includes a bass drum practice pad. Like the Slim, Stock, and Quadropads, the bass pad features gum rubber surface. The purple metal frame can be mounted on a cymbal stand for practice while standing. The stand is sold separately.

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Tenor drummers should also consider the ProLogix Percussion Zonix tenor practice pads. Available in five and six drum configurations, the Zonix pads feature gum rubber playing surfaces and white plastic laminates. The Zonix pads have been popular with tenor drummers thanks to their “Poly Tech Rims”, which replicate the rims of a real tenor set.

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The Vic Firth Quadropad and the ProLogix Zonix pad can be played while set on level surface, such as a table or countertop, but we recommend purchasing a stand.

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For those focused primarily on marching snare drum, the Offworld practice pads are a great choice. The Invader V3 practice pad is Offworld’s premier product. It is 13.5 inches in diameter and includes a raised rim to better emulate the feel of playing rim shots on a snare and avoid the dreaded “pad hands”. The playing surface is Offworld’s unique “Darkmatter™ liquid polymer”. Several different sizes and colors are available.

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Whether you are a snare, tenor, or bass drummer, developing technique and learning music quietly at home has never been easier. We recommend each of the products described above. Contact us to purchase any of them!

Practice Pad Comparison

Welcome back to the Chops blog! Today we’ll be discussing practice pads.

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A practice pad is a device that replicates the feel and sound of a drum, but is much quieter. They make practice easy, quiet, and most importantly, bearable for others.

You have many different options when selecting a practice pad, but with so many choices it can be difficult to select an appropriate pad. Choose a pad based on way it will be used, or the type of music you play. Some pads are versatile and can be used by all percussionists, while others are designed for specific activities such as marching music.

We offer many different practice pads, each with their own features and design. Today we’ll highlight a few or our favorites.

Remo Tunable Practice Pad

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Remo has been making their Tunable Practice Pad for several decades. Available in six, eight, and ten inch diameters, it features a real Remo drum head over a foam surface. You can easily adjust the tension on the plastic rim with a flat head screwdriver to change feel of the pad. The bottom of the pad is covered with rubber for use on surfaces and includes a nut for mounting on a stand.

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We recommend the Remo Tunable Practice Pad for drum set drummers, orchestral/concert percussionists, and beginners.

Vic Firth 12” Double Sided Pad

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Vic Firth’s 12” Double Sided Pad features two different rubber surfaces. The soft rubber side is for quiet practice, while the louder, hard rubber side is useful for strength development. With its twelve inch wood frame the pad can be set on a snare drum during use.

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We recommend the Vic Firth 12” Double Sided Pad for all drummers and percussionists.

Vic Firth Heavy Hitter Stockpad and Slimpad

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For marching drummers, Vic Firth offers the Heavy Hitter Stockpad and Slimpad. Both are twelve inches in diameter and have a single rubber surface. The Stockpad’s rubber surface is 3/16” thick, while the thinner, 1/8” thick surface of the Slimpad is designed to feel more like a high tension marching snare. Consider adding a laminate, an adhesive backed piece of plastic, to both pads to increase their articulation and simulate the response and feel of marching drums.

We recommend the Stockpad for all drummers, and the Slimpad for marching drummers.

Evans/RealFeel 12” 2-sided Speed & Workout Pad

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Evans’ RealFeel 12” 2-sided Speed & Workout Pad also features two rubber surfaces. The soft gum rubber surface is coated with a unique dark gray fabric finish to increase its durability. The other side is a hard, black rubber.

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We recommend the Evans’ RealFeel 12” 2-sided Speed & Workout Pad for all drummers and percussionists.

Ahead 10” Snare Pad and Corps Snare Pad

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Marching drummers should also consider the Ahead 10” Snare Pad and Corps Snare Pad. Both are ten inches in diameter and include a unique mechanism that quietly simulates the sound of a marching drum.

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The Snare Pad features a soft, grey gum rubber playing surface. The Corps Snare Pad features the same gum rubber, but with a hard coating to replicate the feel of a marching snare.

We recommend the Snare Pad for all drummers, and the Corps Pad for marching drummers.

 

With so many choices, it can be confusing to find the right practice pad. We hope this will help you make an informed decision.

Need more guidance, or are you ready to make a choice, contact us!




Art Blakey on “Alison’s Uncle”

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This transcription and video originally appeared at allmandrums.com.

 Here at Chops Percussion we love a good drum solo, so we’d like to share a transcription of a classic!

Art Blakey, longtime leader of The Jazz Messengers, appeared as a sideman on Cannonball Adderley’s classic 1958 release Somethin’ Else. Best known for an outstanding version of “Autumn Leaves”, the album also featured Miles Davis, and brothers Hank and Sam Jones.

“Alison’s Uncle”, also known as “Bangoon”, is the closing track on Somethin’ Else. It is a 32 bar AABA form at around 206 BPM. Blakey’s solo begins at 3’49” and lasts a single chorus. The solo is a perfect example of Blakey’s strengths as a soloist: interesting and well-developed solo composition despite the relative simplicity of his licks.

This video includes audio of the solo, both at full and reduced speeds, synced with the transcription. The transcription is also available as a PDF file here.

After enjoying the solo, be sure to listen to the full track. Notice Blakey’s tasty comping behind each soloist.

We hope you enjoy!




Drum and Bugle Corps 2015 Season

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As the school year comes to an end the drum and bugle corps season is just beginning. Drum and bugle corps are marching ensembles (brass, percussion, and color guard) that travel throughout the country each summer rehearsing and performing in competitions. If you’re unfamiliar with the activity, watch this brief introduction.

 

 

There are many opportunities to see drum and bugle corps in competition in Indiana and surrounding states. Here is a partial list of events. Be sure to check out the event information at www.dci.org .

 

June 15th, Indianapolis – DCI Dress Rehearsal

Madison Scouts

Troopers

 

June 17th – Indianapolis – DCI Premiere

Bluecoats

The Cadets

The Cavaliers

Carolina Crown

Blue Stars

Madison Scouts

 

June 19th – Louisville, KY – DCI Louisville presented by DeMoulin Bros.

The Cadets

The Cavaliers

Blue Stars

Madison Scouts

Crossmen

Troopers

Spirit of Atlanta

Cincinnati Tradition

 

June 22nd – Hamilton, OH – Summer Music Games in Cincinnati

Bluecoats

Carolina Crown

Blue Stars

Boston Crusaders

Madison Scouts

Troopers

Spirit of Atlanta

Cincinnati Tradition

 

June 24th – Evansville – Drums on the Ohio

The Cadets

The Cavaliers

Crossmen

Colts

Spirit of Atlanta

Pioneer

Racine Scouts

 

June 26th – Muncie – DCI Central Indiana

The Cadets

Bluecoats

Carolina Crown

The Cavaliers

Blue Stars

Madison Scouts

Boston Crusaders

Crossmen

 

June 27th – Michigan City – Pageant of Drums

The Cavaliers

The Cadets

Boston Crusaders

Crossmen

Spirit of Atlanta

Genesis

Legends

 

July 8th – Fort Wayne – DCI Ft. Wayne

Blue Devils

Carolina Crown

Crossmen

Jersey Surf

Genesis

 

July 12th – DeKalb, IL – Tour of Champions, Northern Illinois

Phantom Regiment

Carolina Crown

The Cadets

The Cavaliers

Santa Clara Vanguard

Boston Crusaders

Blue Devils

 

July 25th – Hamilton, OH – Hamilton Drum Corps Classic

Blue Devils B

Spartans

7th Regiment

Legends

Raiders

Coastal Surge

Les Stentors

Cincinnati Tradition

 

The season will conclude in Indiana during the week of August 3rd. Open Class corps will compete in Michigan City on August 3rd and 4th. Look for us at the World Class champsionships at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on August 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th.

 

The drum corps season is a great chance to see the most exciting and innovative performances in the marching arts. With plenty of shows in and around Indiana, there’s no reason to miss the action!

 

www.dci.org