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November 2018 News at Chops

Chops Percussion and Meinl USA at PASIC 2018

As you may or may not know, PASIC 2018 is right around the corner. We will be joining forces with Meinl USA once again this year, so we’re going to try something a little different this time around. What do YOU want to see in the Meinl booth this year?

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What’s Old is New – Getting Rid of Rust

A majority of percussion equipment contains some type of metal that is prone to developing rust after years of wear and tear. This could be an old snare drum with rusted out lugs, rusty rims and rust on the shell, or an old set of bells that has lost its shine. Don’t let the rust stand in the way of an instrument being used properly and sounding great. With a little bit of time and some elbow grease you can make those OLD instruments look and sound NEW again.

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NEW Pearl Decade Maple Rental Package

For several years now, we have offered a drum set rental package that included the Pearl Export EXX, Meinl HCS cymbals, and Pearl D790 throne. While the Export EXX pack is still available, we are excited to announce that we’re adding something new to our drum set rental offering.

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September 2018 News at Chops

Demo Gear Updates

The demo list has some fresh updates for the month of September. Follow the link below to see what’s been added and removed since June.

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Percussion Equipment Evaluations and On-Site Repair

Now that we’re back to full staff, Chops Percussion and Paige’s Music’s repair department are willing to send a trained specialist to your school to assess your percussion inventory. Brian Travelsted, our percussion repair specialist and sales associate for Chops, will work with you in deciding the best course of action to get your inventory back in its best shape!

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Product Feature: D’Addario’s Proprietary Mallet Manufacturing Improvements

We not sure if you’ve heard, but D’Addario has completely revamped its manufacturing process from the bottom up. Get the low down over on the blog.

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July 2018 News at Chops

Demo Gear Updates

The demo list has some fresh updates for the month of July. Follow the link below to see what’s been added and removed since June.

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Student Equipment Lists

We send this request out each year and heard back from many of you. We’re asking again this year just in case you’ve made changes to your list of required items for 2018.

For parents with kids in band for the first time, back to school can be quite confusing (especially with a young percussionist at home). Do you, the teacher, have a required list of sticks and mallets for your percussionists to get? We would love to have an updated copy of that here at Chops. A list of all of your required implements would be a huge help to us and would ensure that your student gets exactly what they need before their first day of band class.

This also helps us with keeping your required implements in stock, so that no child is waiting on sticks or mallets when school starts. I know it’s hard to believe, but the first day of school isn’t that far away. Let’s work together and make sure your student is 100% prepared before they walk into your band room.

Please e-mail your list to chops@chopspercussion.com and we’ll do our very best to make sure we have what your student needs in stock. Thanks for the help and enjoy the rest of your summer!


Product Spotlight: Yamaha YVRD2700GC

Are you in the market for a new vibraphone? Would you like it for marching band season? Would you like it ASAP? If the answer is “yes” to those questions, we’ve got you covered with a great deal on a Yamaha YVRD2700GC that was used at the MFA Concert Band Festival. You can learn more about the instrument on the product page. The price is over on the demo list.

June 2018 News at Chops

Percussion Equipment Evaluations and On-Site Repairs

Summer break is here and there’s no better time to get your instruments evaluated than now! Chops Percussion and Paige’s Music’s repair department are willing to send a trained specialist to your school to assess your percussion inventory.

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Marching arts and electronics. Chops can help!

Sounds systems can be intimidating and can leave directors wondering where to begin. Chops is here to help though! As the activity has evolved, so has our product offerings. More than just a drum shop, Chops is able to find the sound system and electronics that best fulfill your program’s needs.

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Improve This Summer With A Rental From Chops Percussion

Chops has several drum sets and keyboards available for rental that are perfect for home practice.

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Demo Gear Updates

The demo list has some fresh updates for the month of June. Follow the link below to see what’s been added and removed since May.

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March 2018 News at Chops

Demo Gear Updates

Demo List Updates - March 2018

The demo list has some fresh updates for the month of March. Follow the link below to see what’s been added since February.

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2018 Music For All National Festival

2018 Music For All National Festival

There’s a fantastic opportunity to hear some great concert bands and percussion ensembles from all over the country this week, but we find many people don’t even know its happening right here in our backyard! It’s the Music for All National Festival, featuring high school percussion ensembles, concert bands and orchestras from across the US.

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Indoor Percussion Tips: Getting On and Off the Floor

Indoor Percussion Tips: Getting On and Off the Floor

Now that most of you are getting into the contest portion of your indoor season, you find yourselves rehearsing your group on the basics of getting on and off the competition floor in a swift and stress-free manner. Some groups struggle with this aspect of the show day, and that can have a negative impact on the most important part of the day – your performance. I have a unique perspective on this topic. Being a Timing & Penalties judge for the Indiana Percussion Association (IPA), I get to see many groups enter and exit. Here are a few tips that you can use to make sure you’re ready for a quick and efficient entrance and exit.

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