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February News at Chops

If you aren’t signed up for our Chop Transmission emails, you may be missing out on the most update happenings around the store.  Below is the February edition of the transmission.  If you don’t receive our emails, you can sign up here!


Demo Gear/Clearance Items

 

Demo Gear at Chops Percusssion

Our demo gear page has a fresh update. Some new items added are the Indiana Pacers drums, marimbas used by Legacy Indoor, and Zildjian cymbals from the Midwest B&O Clinic.. Remember, first-come, first-served!

View the entire list on our website.


2015 IPA Season Is Under Way

 

Indiana Percussion Association

Indoor Percussion season is underway and we’re proud to once again be the Presenting Sponsor for the Indiana Percussion Association. There are plenty of chances left to check out an IPA show this season. Check out the full schedule to find a show near you.

Good luck to all of the participants this year from all of us at Chops!


Planet Waves Cables In Stock!

 

Planet Waves cables always in stock at Chops Percussion

Now’s a good time to take stock of the cables you use and make sure they’re all in good working order. If you need new cables or would just like to have extra cables for backup, let us know. We always have a good variety of Planet Waves cables in stock. Give us a call to see what’s currently here and we’ll get them out to you ASAP!

 

 


February Drummer Birthdays

 

Famous drummer birthdays in February

Do you have a birthday in February. Follow this link to see which famous drummers share your birthday month.

Indoor Percussion & Hearing Protection

Have you ever gone to bed at night after your indoor percussion rehearsal and had an incessant ringing in your ears? If you have, that is your body telling you that you’ve done some damage to your hearing. Please know that hearing loss is irreversible, so you need to start protecting your ears NOW! How, you ask? There are a couple of great ways to do so.

  • Earplugs – These should be essential to your playing and performing. Many of the percussion instruments used in an indoor show are played at a high volume for long periods of time, so you need to be protecting your ears. Do yourself a favor and start using earplugs now. Tell yourself that ear protection is just as essential as the sticks and mallets you use to play. If you’re a cymbal player and execute many loud crashes at ear level, this advice applies to you as well.
  • Headphones – Not so great if you’re trying to make a fashion statement while playing, but hearing is way more important than looking cool! These are great if you have hypersensitive ears and they allow you to hear the music you’re playing while cutting out all of the dangerous frequencies. A great option if earplugs are uncomfortable for you to wear.

 

A gym is a very tough listening environment for percussionists, so hearing protection not only safeguards your hearing, but it may allow you to hear more of what you need (the music that you and your group perform) and less of what you don’t (the unwanted high frequencies associated with loud music).

You can buy your earplugs here: https://www.chopspercussion.com/run?id=8
Feel free to e-mail us at chops@chopspercussion.com or call 877-900-DRUM if you have more specific questions regarding hearing protection.

You only get one good set of ears in your life, so take care of them!!!   

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New Products for 2015 – Part II

New Products for 2015

Continuing with our series of new product highlights from our recent trip to the NAMM show, here are some great new items from Pearl, geared specifically for outdoor use.  The new Pearl Field Percussion, designed with the elements in mind, features a protective, textured black lacquer finish, and outfitted with all-weather Remo NuSkyn and Fiberskyn heads, great for any environment. 

See below for our hightlights, but be sure to visit the Pearl website for more details:
http://pearldrum.com/products/marching/field-percussion/field-percussion/

 

PJF350FP649 Field Percussion Djembe  

  • 14”
  • Weather resistant fiberglass body

 

WST20FP Field Percussion Shime Taiko

  • 10”
  • Thai Oak stave construction for cut and clarity


  

 

PFC202EDU649 Field Percussion Congas

  • 10”/11”
  • Weather resistant fiberglass body

 

PGA60FP Field Percussion Shaker

  • 21” length
  • Large, hexagonal body produces massive sound

 


New Products for 2015

We just got back from the NAMM show in Anaheim, where there were quite a few exciting new products unveiled. Over the coming weeks we’ll highlight some of those items we are most excited about. We’ll start with some great new products available from our friends at Vic Firth and Innovative Percussion.

See below for our highlights, but to see all the new products from these two great companies, please visit:

Vic Firth: http://www.vicfirth.com/exchange/2015/01/16/new-products-for-namm-2015/
Innovative Percussion: http://www.innovativepercussion.com/2015_new_products


New Products from Vic Firth

http://www.vicfirth.com/exchange/2015/01/16/new-products-for-namm-2015/

Split Wire Brush – Two separate rows of medium gauge wire to help produce a unique and varied weighting of sound with different qualities of articulation.

Universal Practice Tips –  Add these to any sticks!  Each package contains 2 pairs of rubber tips, providing the player with a pair and a spare!

High Tension Drum Key – A new key designed for marching percussion applications, with clip.

VicGloves – Specially designed to unique features to protect the player’s hands while improving grip.


New Products from Innovative Percussion

http://www.innovativepercussion.com/2015_new_products

Chad Wackerman Paintbrush – An innovative new brush giving the player a number of different choices of timbre color.

Pedro Carneiro Series Mallets – Five models built with heavy synthetic cores, and featuring the PC-TT Tri-tone mallet.

Paul Rennick Tenor Sticks – Features a “Taj Majal” large wood bead and a latex sleeve on the butt end.

Mike McIntosh “Mizzle” Tenor Sticks – Features a smaller nylon tip and a removable synthetic sleeve.

Practice Pads – Two new models, both with black rims.

To see all the new products from Innovative Percussion, please visit:
http://www.innovativepercussion.com/2015_new_products

 

IMEA Conference Highlights

IMEA Professional Development Conference
January 15-17, 2015
Grand Wayne Convention Center
Ft. Wayne, Indiana

If you’re attending the IMEA conference this week, here’s a list of performances and clinics with percussion interest you should check out!  Make sure to stop by the Chops Percussion and Paige’s Music display booth and say hello!

Performing Groups
Penn High School Band – Friday, January 16       2:00pm
Lawrence Central HS Wind Ensemble – Friday, January 16       4:30pm
Fishers Junior High Symphonic Band – Saturday, January 17   1:15pm
Center Grove HS Percussion Ensemble – Saturday, January 17   2:30pm

All State Honor Ensembles
Junior All State Band – Saturday, January 17   9:15am
All State Honor Band – Saturday, January 17   11:30am
All State Percussion Ensemble – Saturday, January 17   1:15pm

Clinic Sessions
Steve Houghton
The Rhythm Section: The soul of the Big Band
Friday, January 16 – 4:30pm

Michael Burritt
The Versatile Percussionist – Finding the Music in all of the Instruments
Saturday, January 17   11:30am

Robert Sheldon
We Got the Beat! Rehearsing the Percussion Section from the Podium
Saturday, January 17   3:45pm

Full details and registration can be found on the IMEA Website.