Small Percussion Instruments Buyer’s Guide <40$

small percussion instruments buyers guideI am always fascinated by small percussion instruments. They have a magical attraction and you can never have enough of them! That inspired me to write this comprehensive small percussion instruments buyers guide. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Keep this list in mind in case you have a friend or family member who is fond of music and music production. These instruments make the best gifts.

Even for modern music producers small percussion instruments can function as an enriching addition to a small studio. Adding live recorded percussion to a mainly digital production often adds the organic feel that overly produced tracks miss.

This list is separated into two broad categories: Idiophones and membranophones.

  • Idiophones

  • Membranophones

Idiophone 

Idiophones are percussion instruments where the entire objects vibrates to create a sound when struck, shaken or scraped. A wide variety of materials are used for the body of idiophones. Here is a list of small percussion instruments in the category of idiophones:

Clave

pitch high pitched
sound “tock”, wooden, short
origin Afro-Cuban music
Difficulty 10%
Loudness 70%
Attack 90%
Sustain 20%
Solid Hardwood Claves
1,195 Reviews
Solid Hardwood Claves
  • CLASSIC HARDWOOD CLAVES, SOLD IN PAIRS: The Meinl Classic Hardwood Claves deliver bright, resounding, and rich tones that have cut and clarity. Essential for Afro-Latin rhythms and applicable in virtually any style, claves are the perfect percussion instrument to create polyrhythms, straight beats, or to use for sound effects.

Triangle

pitch high pitched
sound “tick”, metallic, sharp attack / long sustain
origin 16th century England
Difficulty 10%
Loudness 40%
Attack 80%
Sustain 90%
5inch Musical Steel Triangle
57 Reviews
5inch Musical Steel Triangle
  • Instrument music triangle 5 inch
  • High quality steel, yellow rubber hanger, durable and sturdy
  • With a striker coated with plastic
  • Superior and vibrant sound quality

Egg Shaker

pitch unpitched
sound texture rich, soft
origin Latin music
Difficulty 30%
Loudness 30%
Attack 20%
Sustain 20%
Sale
Egg Shaker
538 Reviews
Egg Shaker
  • SET OF 4 MULTI-COLORED EGG SHAKERS: This pack of 4 easy to use egg shakers features red, blue, green and yellow colored shakers. They create crystal clear shaker sounds that may be paired with any other instrument. These egg shakers are fun to play at home and are useful in classroom music settings.
  • EASY AND FUN PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS: Shakers are a fun and easy way to learn about the foundations of rhythm and can be played alone or with other percussion instruments like cajons, bongos, djembes, or congas.

Woodblock

pitch medium high-pitched
sound “tock”, wooden, hollow
origin orchestral
Difficulty 10%
Loudness 90%
Attack 80%
Sustain 20%
Hardwood Wood Block
56 Reviews
Hardwood Wood Block
  • CONSTRUCTED FROM AUTHENTIC HARDWOOD FOR A SUPERIOR SOUND | Each wood block we make is constructed from a solid block of real Tennessee hardwood to give it an organic, natural, and woody sound that plastic blocks just can't replicate.
  • PROUDLY MADE IN THE USA | Each Timber Drum Company product is made from Tennessee hardwood and is assembled in our workshop just north of Nashville, TN.

Maracas

pitch unpitched
sound rich texture
origin latin music
Difficulty 40%
Loudness 30%
Attack 30%
Sustain 20%
Sale
Beistle Fiesta Maracas
164 Reviews
Beistle Fiesta Maracas
  • Includes 2 maracas in package
  • Each maraca measures 8 inches long
  • Made of wood; Hand decorated
  • Fun noisemakers for a Fiesta party!

Guiro

pitch unpitched
sound multiple attacks, hollow, rattle
origin latin music
Difficulty 30%
Loudness 70%
Attack 70%
Sustain 20%
Wooden Guiro
60 Reviews
Wooden Guiro
  • Brand: LP Latin Percussion
  • Model: LP243
  • Trusted LP Quality
  • For 50 years LP has created the best percussion instruments played worldwide.

Agogo Bells

pitch multiple pitches
sound metallic, hollow, bell
origin samba music
Difficulty 30%
Loudness 80%
Attack 70%
Sustain 40%
Sale
Agogo Bells
4 Reviews
Agogo Bells
  • Constructed of premium quality steel
  • Larger bell combination delivers a lower-pitch drier sound, which contrasts nicely with the bright sounds of the smaller bell pairing
  • Classic black powder coated finish
  • Extremely durable, and portable for any music situation

Gong

pitch low pitched
sound metallic, complex
origin china
Difficulty 10%
Loudness 70%
Attack 30%
Sustain 90%
Gong
58 Reviews
Gong
  • Classic Zildjian Gong sound
  • Partially lathed front and rear
  • New, specially designed tabletop stand and mallet

Cowbell

pitch medium pitched
sound “tock”, hollow, simple
origin ancient
Difficulty 10%
Loudness 90%
Attack 80%
Sustain 30%
Cowbell
172 Reviews
Cowbell
  • 【Super loud】Loud bell for cheering at sporting events,wedding,party,concert and so on.
  • 【Alert bell】Perfect as a help bell to catch someone's attention.Such as your kids,your old parents and abstracted people.
  • 【Excellent craft】Good production line and good source of materials.Handsome antique copper-style finish,comfortable grip handle.
  • 【Noise maker】Make some noise! It will exceed your expectations!

Cymbals

pitch unpitched
sound “crash”, metallic
origin ancient times
Difficulty 20%
Loudness 90%
Attack 80%
Sustain 60%
Cymbals
9 Reviews
Cymbals
  • 5" solid brass cymbals come with easy-grip knobs are ideal for children of all ages
  • Rhythm Band Brass Cymbals with Knobs These cymbals are made of the finest quality bell brass and can be used to produce crash effects when banged together
  • Rhythm Band Brass Cymbals with KnobsThese cymbals are made of the finest quality bell brass and can be used to produce crash effects when banged together

Sleigh Bells

pitch unpitched
sound rich texture, metallic
origin ancient times
Difficulty 30%
Loudness 60%
Attack 40%
Sustain 20%
Sale
Sleigh Bells
346 Reviews
Sleigh Bells
  • Shimmering chorus effect: The Meinl sleigh bells are equipped with 25 steel bells that ring out with a full, rich sound. These sleigh bells may be used in any musical application from holiday band or choral performances to Christmas caroling. Their resounding tonal quality also works in the studio and for any live acoustic performance or orchestral setting in a large venue
  • Easy to play: an ergonomically shaped wooden handle allows for an easy grip. Simply shake the sleigh bells and let them ring out. These bells respond with a controlled sound and feel to any rhythm you wish to play. Their vibrant tones blend well without overpowering

Castanets

pitch unpitched
sound “clack”, shells
origin Spain
Difficulty 50%
Loudness 80%
Attack 90%
Sustain 10%
Sale
Castanets
42 Reviews
Castanets
  • Handcrafted Quality, Value Priced
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed! 30-Day Return Policy!

Chimes

pitch multiple pitches
sound falling pitch, metallic, beautiful
origin orchestral
Difficulty 30%
Loudness 20%
Attack 20%
Sustain 80%
Sale
Chimes
75 Reviews
Chimes
  • PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS | Given its range, this model is perfect for performances when a brief chime effect is needed. As one of our smaller models, this chime is convenient and versatile, making it a great choice for beginners looking to add some shimmer to their music.
  • PROUDLY MADE IN THE USA | Each TreeWorks Chimes product is made from Tennessee hardwood and locally sourced aluminum/titanium and is assembled in our workshop just north of Nashville, TN.

Cabasa

pitch unpitched
sound rattle, metallic, rich texture
origin latin music
Difficulty 40%
Loudness 70%
Attack 20%
Sustain 40%
Cabasa
75 Reviews
Cabasa
  • SOUND PORTS FOR EXTRA PROJECTION: The Meinl Turbo Cabasas generate plenty of volume with help from 5 sound ports located on the body of the instrument. This added projection from the resonating chamber results in a crisp, full tone.
  • STAINLESS STEEL CYLINDER AND BEADS: Classic cabasa sounds come effortlessly from the ribbed stainless steel cylinder and stainless steel beads. The sound and volume are great for any live or studio performance

Rain Stick

pitch unpitched
sound rattle, wooden, rain
origin Mapuche
Difficulty 10%
Loudness 40%
Attack 10%
Sustain 90%
Sale
Rain Stick
127 Reviews
Rain Stick
  • sturdy construction will stand up to use in the classroom, home, or band over time
  • much clearer sound than plastic or poorly made imitation rainsticks
  • twine dyed in bright Chilean color combinations wrapped around one or both ends of rainstick
  • clear coated for smoother, more water and stain resistant, and durable finish - easy to clean

Ratchet

pitch unpitched
sound rattle, wooden, “clack”
origin orchestral
Difficulty 10%
Loudness 90%
Attack 20%
Sustain 50%
Ratchet
20 Reviews
Ratchet
  • Measures 7" Long
  • Great ratchet sound
  • Shipped insured
  • Brand New!

Glockenspiel

pitch multiple pitches
sound “pling”, high, clear, metallic
origin orchestral, military
Difficulty 60%
Loudness 60%
Attack 80%
Sustain 80%
Glockenspiel
50 Reviews
Glockenspiel
  • Includes mallets, music rack, and carry bag
  • 2-1/2 octave aluminum bell set
  • 32 notes, ranging from F to C
  • Perfect for students!

Xylophone

pitch multiple pitches
sound “pock”, Wooden
origin orchestral
Difficulty 60%
Loudness 70%
Attack 80%
Sustain 40%
Xylophone
45 Reviews
Xylophone
  • 12 Notes Wood Xylophone
  • Frame and bars made from Wood
  • Includes two Mallets
  • Includes 5 easy to follow double sided music cards

Steel Tongue Drum

pitch multiple pitches
sound metallic, clean, warm
origin Dennis Havlena
Difficulty 40%
Loudness 30%
Attack 60%
Sustain 80%
Sale
Steel Tongue Drum
49 Reviews
Steel Tongue Drum
  • Compact tongue drum size with a big sound! Dimensions: 8" wide x 5.5" high. Weight: 3.4 lbs. HAPI Drum uses a unique mixture of alloying elements in our musical steel drum to achieve the best sound possible.
  • D Akebono Pentatonic Scale (D4, E4, F4, A4, Bb4, D5, E5, F5). There are no wrong notes, play any note in any order and our tongue drum sounds great!
  • Effortless to play! An intuitive arrangement to the drum notes makes it easy to explore new musical horizons.
  • HAPI Steel Tongue Drums are used by professional musicians, recording studios, music therapists, and yoga studios worldwide.

Kalimba

pitch multiple pitches
sound metallic, clean
origin Africa
Difficulty 50%
Loudness 30%
Attack 70%
Sustain 60%
Sale
Kalimba
47 Reviews
Kalimba
  • [Mahogany Body] and [Ore Metal Tines], providing longer sustain ,better sound and comfortable touch feeling
  • Soft tone that relaxes like music box,harp. Bending design keys are more comfortable for fingers. Joy can always be found at your fingertips.
  • International standard C tune: 1(D), 2(B), 3(G), 4(E), 5(C5), 6(A), 7(F), 8(D), 9(C4), 10(E), 11(G), 12(B), 13(D), 14(F), 15(A), 16(C6), 17(E).
  • Package include:Portable kalimba(finger piano) +music book + Instructions +cloth bag +Tune Hammer + red and green stickers + letter and number stickers

Membranophones

Membranophones are percussion instruments that produce a sound through a stretched membrane. The membrane or drum can be made of different materials such as leather or plastic. The drums are either struck or rubbed by hands or sticks of different forms and materials. Rubbed membranophones are called friction drums. Here is a list of small percussion instruments in the category of membranophones:

Bongo

pitch unpitched
sound hollow, warm
origin Afro-Cuban
Difficulty 40%
Loudness 50%
Attack 70%
Sustain 20%
Sale
Bongo
110 Reviews
Bongo
  • WELL-DESIGNED BONGOS WITH AUTHENTIC NATURAL ANIMAL HIDES - Hip Bongo Drums (TM) is a set of 6" and 7" bongo drums made of high quality, weatherproof and durable wood & metal with authentic, ethically sourced animal hides hugging the top of Hickory shells.
  • STYLISH FOR GIFTS, DECORATIONS AND OCCASIONS - Our set has an exotic, natural gloss finish guaranteed to add a Hawaiian vibe to your homes or music rooms. It is a wonderful musical souvenir for your loved ones and for beach parties and gatherings! Its quality design guarantees a resonant, non-boxy sound and an efficient design leaves no room for dirt deposits - top choice for sure!

Djembe

pitch unpitched
sound hollow, warm
origin West Africa
Difficulty 50%
Loudness 80%
Attack 70%
Sustain 30%
Sale
Djembe
60 Reviews
Djembe
  • Suitable to use as a decorative item
  • Unique home decor
  • This product is manufactured in Indonesia

Tambourine

pitch unpitched
sound bright, complex, metallic
origin Egypt
Difficulty 30%
Loudness 80%
Attack 80%
Sustain 20%
Sale
Tambourine
264 Reviews
Tambourine
  • 10" Diameter
  • 8 Pairs Jingles x 2 Rows
  • Feature our world famous FIBERSKYN 3 drumhead film
  • Durable, lightweight and pre-tuned for all styles of music

Damru

pitch unpitched
sound bright, high
origin India
Difficulty 30%
Loudness 80%
Attack 80%
Sustain 20%
Damru
2 Reviews
Damru
  • It is Handmade twisting the wrist vigorously causes the knot at the end of the string to beat the two ends of the drum. Great sound, lots of fun. 4"w x 5" h Approx size and colors vary
  • IT IS HANDMADE BY INDIAN ARTISAN..It is have some imperfactions due to its uniqueness.
  • it is used for pooja and festivals..
  • Size and colors may little bit vary Diameter 4 inch

Frame Drum

pitch unpitched
sound bright, thin, long sustain
origin Mesopotamia
Difficulty 40%
Loudness 60%
Attack 80%
Sustain 60%
Frame Drum
146 Reviews
Frame Drum
  • All frame drums are equipped with a Remo drumhead and are manufactured with Remo's patented Acousticon shell

Talking Drum

pitch unpitched
sound earthy, changes pitch
origin Africa
Difficulty 40%
Loudness 60%
Attack 60%
Sustain 40%
Talking Drum
9 Reviews
Talking Drum
  • 11" x 5", Includes striker

Kids Floor Tom

pitch unpitched
sound dull, low
origin santa claus
Difficulty 20%
Loudness 70%
Attack 80%
Sustain 50%
Sale
Kids Floor Tom
854 Reviews
Kids Floor Tom
  • Brand: Remo
  • Product Code: KD508001
  • 7.5x10 inch floor tom
  • Acoustic on Shell

Thunder Tube

pitch unpitched
sound thunder, reverby
origin ???
Difficulty 20%
Loudness 70%
Attack 30%
Sustain 70%
Thunder Tube
355 Reviews
Thunder Tube
  • Shake this colorful tube to set the coiled spring in motion
  • Produces a unique thunder-like sound
  • Available with either Stormy or Tie Dye covering; also available in narrower versions
  • Dimensions: 6 x 6 inches. Suitable for Ages 5+

Piccolo Snare Drum

pitch unpitched
sound sharp, rattle, high
origin medieval Europe
Difficulty 60%
Loudness 80%
Attack 90%
Sustain 40%
Piccolo Snare
94 Reviews
Piccolo Snare
  • SWITCH UP THE SOUND OF YOUR DRUMS: Suitable for use as a primary or secondary snare, this premium piccolo snare drum is a great instrument to keep in your musical arsenal. The small, condensed size and thinner body depth gives it a high pitched tone, while the 6 tuning lugs allow you to achieve a tighter sound with brilliant attacks.
  • DELUXE CONSTRUCTION: If you have a passion for beautiful, high-quality instruments, then this 13" x 3.5" piccolo snare drum is for you. Made of 7.5mm, 3 ply poplar wood shell and with a superb, glossy black hickory finish, this snare drum offers a solid, durable wooden construction and a white coated drum head with a sleek style that you will love! Drum key included.
  • MULTI PURPOSE USE: Whether for music bands, drummers, recording studios, DJs, stage performers, schools or churches, this piccolo snare drum is great for pop, R&B and rock and makes an excellent addition to your percussion set.
  • BEST PRICE ON THE MARKET: Do you need a professional, deluxe snare drum at an affordable price? Then this piccolo snare drum is for you! In fact, you won't find a better price than this anywhere on the market!
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