Upgrade Your Instrument Today!

Hello! My name is Brian Travelsted, and I am the Percussion Specialist at Chops Percussion. Chops is the drum and percussion division of Paige’s Music. If you’re still renting your child’s beginning percussion kit from Paige’s and it’s no longer being used, I want to let you know about our upgrade rent-to-own options.

To see what we have to offer, please visit this link: https://www.chopspercussion.com/run?useUX=true&id=8&opid=712&_tid=475  here you will find all of your upgrade options, along with pictures and pricing information. You can also apply up to 18 months of your payments on your current instrument towards your new rental, which can lower your monthly payment!

If your child is showing a high level of commitment to percussion, now is the time to upgrade their instrument and take their playing to the next level. Please call 317-813-2070 or email sales@chopspercussion.com for more information. We look forward to helping the percussionist in your home get an instrument they’ll love playing for years to come!

Drum Brush Comparison and Recommendations

We often get questions about the best type of drum brushes for certain musical applications and with it being jazz/concert season, I thought I would take a little time today to explain the different qualities of drum brushes and offer a few recommendations as well. While there are many different types, most drum brushes differ in three main ways: brush material, handle material and retractability. We will take a look a each category and then offer some good options depending on the musical setting.

Brush Material

While most brushes are made of wire materials, the use of nylon wires has becomes more and more popular as they offer a different sound. Wire brushes tend to have a snappy sound with a crisp, bright sound quality when striking the heads. They also offer the best option if doing a lot of sweeping/swishing while playing. There are different weights of metal wires that can be used to give the player even more control of their sound. Vic Firth even makes some wire brushes such as the Steve Gadd brushes or Live Wire Brushes that offer different tips to each metal wire for an even fuller sound .

Nylon or plastic wires offer a much duller and darker sound when struck or swept across the head. These are great for playing in small combos or small spaces where you need the perfect amount of blend between the drummer and the band.

Handle Material

While the handle of the brush will not really change the sound of the wires they do offer distinct differences in how a drummer might approach a particular sound. The most common types of handles would be either wood, plastic or rubber. The wood handles give the most similar feel to a stick, while something like the rubber would be a great option if you are playing some fast music where that little extra bit of grip might be important. When it comes to the grip, this is really a personal decision.


The last common trait for drum brushes would be whether or not you can retract the wires into the handle or not. The main advantage to the retractable style brush is that you can almost fine tune the amount of brush sound that you get when striking the drum. The other great advantage is that when not in use you can quickly retract the wires and keep from getting damaged in the bag. Fixed brushes are great if you like the feel of a wooden handle and these are often times used more on brushes that have thicker metal/nylon wires.


Overall Use: Vic Firth Jazz Brush – This is a great set of brushes that offers a good medium weight set of wires with a very durable plastic handle.


Concert Application: Innovative Percussion BR-3 – These medium nylon brushes with a fixed wooden handle offer a consistent feel and sound for concert music.


Jazz: Vic Firth Heritage Brushes – A retractable wire brush featuring light gauge wire and a smooth rubber handle. Fast and easy to play.


There are certainly many other great options out there for drum brushes but hopefully having a little more information about the differences between them can help you find something that will work just right for you. Of course, feel free to call us anytime if you are looking for a specific sound and we can help you out!

FAQ – “How do I tune my drums?”

“So….. how do we tune the drums once we get them set up?” That is one of the FAQ’s we get when someone buys a drum set for the first time. There are many different ways to tune your drums; just look at all of the tuning articles and videos on the internet! We’re going to try and simplify this process for you with the video links and PDF below. Learning to tune drums is a huge part of playing them, so be sure to pay attention to what you see/read (thanks to Evans Drumheads and Drumeo for the great info). You also need to practice and experiment with tuning so that you can find the sound that suits YOU the best. Let us know if anything you see or read doesn’t quite make sense; we’d be glad to help you out!

 Evans Drumheads Tuning Tips

Drumeo Tuning Videos

Tuning Your Toms

Tuning Your Bass Drum

Tuning Your Snare Drum

Veritas 2022 Pearl/Adams Sale List – Reserve Now

Chops Percussion will be selling all of the Pearl/Adams gear used by Veritas Percussion during the 2022 WGI season. This is a HUGE opportunity to save on gear that has only been used for a few months. If you’re looking to upgrade your battery percussion or your front ensemble gear, this is the time to do just that.

In order to reserve an item we must have a PO from your school, check or credit card payment. We will arrange delivery to you in the final weeks of April 2022. Keep an eye on the list to see what is still available and give us a call to get more information!

To check out the currently available gear, click here!

Indiana Percussion Association 2022 Season Preview


Welcome back to the Chops blog.  The Indoor Percussion Association (IPA) season is about to begin, and we’re proud to once again be the presenting sponsor for the Indiana Percussion Association!  Indoor Percussion continues to grow in popularity within the state and across around the world.  We’re lucky to have one of the best and largest indoor percussion circuits in the country, and we’re proud to support the efforts of IPA and all of the participating groups. Along with local IPA contests, there’s also a national WGI regional, hosted by Franklin Central, where you can see performances by ensembles from all over the Midwest.

Here’s a schedule of remaining contests to help you find a show near you!