Ask any percussionist, and they’ll confirm that making beats and banging drums is an art form. Skill, intuition, and the right gear are just a few of the resources you need to perfect the art. Though we can’t grant you intuition or skill, we can help you find the right gear to create the perfect percussive setup.
Acoustic Drums vs. Electronic Drums
Acoustic drums are a staple of rock. Icons like Dave Grohl, John Bonham, and Keith Moon have elevated this instrument to art and proven that acoustic drums cannot be replaced. Though irreplaceable, some prefer the technological potential of electronic drum sets. The convenience and cost make electric drums attractive to beginners and professionals alike.
Buying cymbals can be a difficult endeavor. Finding the right ones and deciphering jargon like “lingering,” “dry,” or “glassy partials” can be a monumental task. Whether you’re looking for crash cymbals, hi-hats, FX cymbals, or ride cymbals, you can find them at Milano — and if you don’t know what you’re looking for, our cymbal experts can help.
Your drums are only as reliable as the hardware holding them together. If you’re looking to upgrade your drum stands, mounts, or clamps, you’ve come to the right spot. Milano has an array of hardware for all of your percussive instruments. We’ll help you find the right piece for your percussion project and ensure that you know how to install and use it, too.
Drums and cymbals are fun, but are you looking for a more worldly sound? Seeking an international vibe? Milano carries an impressive selection of world percussion instruments, including options like congas, mbiras, and tongue drums. Check with us to see what exotic percussive instruments we currently have in stock and how they can help you create a unique sound.
Drum kits are the whole tamale, all in one, ready to go. If you want to get started honing your percussive skills, or if you’re already a pro and you want an easy setup, a drum kit is the way to go. Drum kits are typically a five-piece set, including two tom-toms, a floor tom, a snare, and a bass drum. These components comprise the instruments that make up the classic percussive sound of an acoustic drum.
Though acoustic drums certainly have their appeal, there’s no denying that electronic drums do, too. Like their acoustic counterparts, these drums can be bought in a ready-made kit and allow users to access a wide range of drums & percussion sounds. You can also control the output volume easily and get familiar with the feel of a drum kit before testing your skills on an acoustic kit.
There’s nothing better than banging on a drum with no interruption between your hands and the instrument. If this sounds like fun, you’ll love hand drums, also known as bongos. Bongos are a traditional drum typically comprised of one big and one small drum. Dating back 800 years, the history of these drums illustrates their cultural legacy as well as their enduring appeal.
Hand drums aren’t the only instrument you can play with your hands! Hand percussion offers the same opportunity, but with cymbals instead! Milano offers an array of hand percussion instruments that let you make beautiful sounds with the power of your hands. These instruments are perfect for beginners and professionals who appreciate the hands-on approach to producing percussive music.
If you don’t need a whole drum kit but simply need a single drum, you can invest in a snare drum to practice and hone your skills. Snare drums are ideal because they create an immediate staccato sound when they are struck. This sound is created by the stiff wires that create tension under the skin of the drum. Musicians seeking to create this sound can choose a single snare to produce the sound they seek.
Drum Gear for Solo Artists
Professional drummers shouldn’t get to have all the fun. Are you a solo artist who performs their own material? Are you looking for a way to boost the experience and bring in a new sound? Milano offers drum gear for solo artists that can easily be taken on tour, toted to shows, and integrated into your set. A kick drum or stompbox can elevate your performance and showcase your talents.
In addition to drums, you need accessories — you can’t play without a pair of sticks, right? Unless, of course, you opted for the bongos. Wingnuts, felts, drumsticks, and tuners are a few of the essential accessories you’ll find at Milano. We carry an array of accessories for drummers of all skill levels and various needs. Let us help you find the right gear for your goals.
Percussive Instruments for Pros
Milano Music Center offers an impressive selection of drums & percussion instruments for professionals, amateurs, and everybody in between. We serve clients throughout the Mesa, East Valley, South Scottsdale, and valley areas in Arizona. If you’re searching for your next percussive instrument, trust our staff to help you find it. Call us at (480) 827-1111 or shop online to see our selection.