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Improve Your Skills This Summer With A Rental From Chops Percussion

Keep improving this summer with a rental from Chops Percussion!

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

Pearl Decade Maple Drum Set

For $69 per month, you will now be able to rent the Pearl Decade Maple set with 830 series hardware, a Sabin XSR cymbal package (14” hi hats, 16” and 18” crashes, 20” ride), and a Pearl D930 drum throne. We’ve had many requests for drum set outfits with upgraded drum and cymbal options, and this package definitely fits the bill. Do you want to hear the Decade in action? Please check out this video (best to listen with headphones or high-quality speakers):


Adams MSPV43 Soloist Series Marimba

Curbside Pickup Available Again

Beginning Tuesday, April 14th we will be open normal business hours to take phone, email, online orders and to provide contact-free curbside pick-up while our showrooms remain closed. We will also be running a modified delivery route to central locations in local school districts on an as-needed basis and every purchase during the stay at home order will receive free shipping to your home. Please contact us so we can work with you to provide the most convenient arrangements possible to serve you during this current stay-at-home order.

Curbside Service Details

1. Call us at 317-842-2102

It’s best to call ahead so we can get your order or serviced items ready to go prior to your arrival.  This will save you time once you’re here.

2.  We’ll take your order or prepare your loaner or repair to be picked up.  

3.  Call us again when you arrive.  The number again is 317-842-2102.

4.  One of our staff members will bring your items out to you.

  • Staff members use hand sanitizer between each customer interaction 
  • We use disinfectant wipes on the handles of each instrument prior to bringing then out to you.
  • Receipts can be emailed to you if we have your email address on file

We are in a difficult time and find ourselves in uncharted waters.  We appreciate your patience as we try to do everything we can to keep our customers and our staff as safe as possible.

Go See An IPA Show This Weekend!

Winter percussion is officially in full swing, with the weekend of IPA competition completed! The next few weeks students and instructors will be working hard to complete and perfect their shows. Chops Percussion is a proud to be the presenting sponsor for Indiana’s own winter percussion circuit: Indiana Percussion Association. There are shows every weekend with IPA Prelims on March 21st, and the season concluding with IPA Finals on April 4th. This season’s IPA Finals will return to Ben Davis High School, while the Hulman Center at ISU is being renovated.

Interested in scores, schedules, or additional information? Go to www.indianapercussion.org for all the details you will need to enjoy this winter percussion season! Don’t forget to follow us on social media, as Chops will be returning to WGI Finals for more #TeamIndiana coverage in April!

Pro Audio Gear at Chops Percussion

For the past twelve and half years, Chops has strived to serve our customers with the best concert and marching percussion on the market. Our goal to stock the most common and necessary items and to provide quick-turnaround for instruments and not-stock items has allowed us to create positive relationships with both our manufactures and our customers. Over the last decade, the marching arts have evolved at record pace. One of the leading changes: electronics and pro audio.

Take Care Of Your Instruments This Fall

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As we move into the latter part of the fall marching band season, we’re faced with weather hazards that can do much damage to our instruments. It’s near the end of the season, so we can’t just escape inside to rehearse music if rain and very cold weather continues to hit during rehearsal times. Eventually, you have to go outside. There’s also the possibility of having to deal with these elements during a contest performance.
Here are some tips to help make sure your instruments survive the elements this fall.

During Rehearsals and Performances

  • Use covers as much as possible for your mallet instruments, especially when drill is a focus and the pit isn’t playing all the time. If raining during rehearsal, keep mallets dry and use old mallets if available. Keep your “show mallets” in good condition.
  • Try to avoid too much water collecting on your drum heads and dump if needed.
  • Keep tenor drums down in playing position and don’t allow the inside wood shells to get soaked if raining heavy.
  • Keep stick tips and bass drum mallets dry. Use old sticks and mallets if possible.
  • Use a window squeegee to clear water collected on timpani heads
  • In very cold temperatures, be careful not to overplay cymbals as they are more susceptible to cracks.
    “Warming” a gong should always be done before striking it (lightly tapping it to get it vibrating) but this is even more important during cold temperatures to help avoid cracks.
  • Cover electronics with tarps, trash bags or anything to keep them dry. Clear plastic can be used over electronic keyboards, leaving just enough room for the player’s hands, so the student can still see the keyboard and participate.
  • Cover any mics with small garbage bags. (Make sure there aren’t any holes!)

After:

  • Take covers off and lay out to dry.
  • Use towels to soak up water that may have collected around the edges of drumheads or anywhere water may be hiding.
  • Lay electronic cables out to dry.
  • If any electronics may have gotten wet or damp, place a fan blowing on them to help get them dry as fast as possible.
  • Make sure to dry EVERYTHING off (instruments, frames, hardware, etc) to avoid rust and other damage.

We can’t always get the perfect weather during marching season and are sometimes forced into elements that are not ideal. Take the time to keep your instruments in good condition to avoid damage and costly replacements and repairs. Good luck the rest of the season!