177 Massachusetts Ave
Arlington, MA 02474
New Hours February 2017:
Wednesday thru Friday - Noon to 6pm. Saturday: - Noon to 5pm
By appointment only for drum lessons on djembe or drum kit: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.
Schedule an appointment with Alan to study the drum or to select the perfect djembe or drum kit, cymbals or accessories. 781-316-8068 or Contact >
Many nights we are open later, often till 9pm. Don't be afriad to call us and see! 781-316-8068
This incredible instrument, made to be played with your hands, is bigger than you might think without being heavy. Made of 100% bronze, totally handmade, each one is different. Very easy to play and way impressive. Comes complete with fitted black carry case. Total quality, one of a kind. Get yours before they are gone! I will be happy to send you a video of my first day with this pan if you'd like to hear it before buying. Just ask! Comes with set of mallets, a microfibre polishing cloth, and a fitted case.
"Outstanding one of a kind magnificent bronze gong pan! A true and rare privilege to come across and acquire one. I feel extremely happy and fortunate to own my own Bronze gong Pan. Thank you, from the center of my heart."
This is one of the best cases made. Will fit any 12" to 14" diameter djembe with a narrow or wide base. 2 outside pockets, wicked strong zippers, sewn in 3" high inside, rubber bottom and all waterproof. Get your DrumConnection case today! These are available for a limited time! Order now to have one reserved for you!
These are hand made in Guinea, Africa and come with a high quality jewelers cord. You can, of course, change it to a silver necklace or even wear them as earrings with some jewelers earring hooks, we can supply either way. These are NOT big and clunky; they are tiny and beautiful!
An all-in-one starter's kit at an incredible price.
Whether you're a first-time drummer or a gigging pro looking for a backup or durable practice kit, the Percussion Plus set with hardware and cymbals certainly fits the bill. Equipped with 10, 12 and 14" toms, a 22" kick drum and a matching snare, this kit looks as good as it plays. The kits' complete hardware set includes all of the stands you'll need, plus a chain-drive kick pedal to get you thumping the bass right out of the gate.
22" x 16" kick, 10" x 8" and 12" x 9" toms, 14" x 12" floor tom, 14" x 5" snare, Kick pedal, Snare stand, Straight and hi-hat cymbal stands, cymbals.
Boxed. $499.- OR $599.- professionally assembled by us. Deliveries and set-up in the Boston area.
Includes: Cymbals, Stands, Drum Throne, Sticks. Everything you need.
An ideal shell pack for aspiring drummers.
This 5-piece Z5 Series drum shell pack from Pacific Drums and Percussion is an ideal shell pack for aspiring drummers everywhere. The 5-piece shell pack features fusion tom sizes (10" x 8", 12" x 9", and 14" x 12"), all-wood construction, FinishPly wrap, and an array of spotlight-stealing colors.
Cymbals and hardware not included.
Drum sizes:22" x 16" kick drum10" x 8", 12" x 9", 14" x 12" toms
Tabla is a pair of drums. It consists of of a small right hand drum called dayan and a larger metal one called bayan.
The tabla has an interesting construction. The dayan (right hand drum) is almost always made of wood. The diameter at the membrane may run from just under five inches to over six inches. The bayan (left hand drum) may be made of iron, aluminium, copper, steel, or clay; yet brass with a nickel or chrome plate is the most common material. Undoubtedly the most striking characteristic of the tabla is the large black spot on each of the playing surfaces. These black spots are a mixture of gum, soot, and iron filings. Their function is to create the bell-like timbre that is characteristic of the instrument.
Although the origin of tabla is somewhat obscure, it is generally belived that it evolved from the barrel shaped drum called pakhawaj about three hundred years ago.
According to Tibetan oral tradition, the existence of singing bowls dates back to the time of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni (560 - 480 B.C.). The tradition was brought from India to Tibet, along with the teachings of the Buddha, by the great tantric master Padmasambhava in the 8th century A.D.
Singing bowls produce sounds which invoke a deep state of relaxation which naturally assists one in entering into meditation, the ultimate goal being enlightenment. They are a quintessential aid to meditation, and can be found on private Buddhist altars, and in temples, monasteries and meditation halls throughout the world.
Go to the game in style!
Celebrate life with these fun hand-made baseball caps. Perfect for any occasion and great casual wear. Made out of mudcloth, dyed and woven to perfection. An authentic hat sure to capture anyone's attention. Selling out quickly, so make sure to get them before they're gone! All mudcloth is individually hand spun, hand woven, and hand painted, so each hat will be different. Photos shown here are representative only. Made in Mali. C-H140
DrumConnection 177 Massachusetts Ave. Arlington, MA 02474 ph: (001) 781-316-8068
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5.0 star rating 2/9/2017
I was thrilled to find that this store doesn't just have hand drums, but is also well-stocked with hardware and parts for rock drum kits. And if they don't stock something you need, they'll order it for you or point you in the right direction.
Alan, the owner, is extremely knowledgeable and helpful if I have questions or need advice. When I came in last year wanting to restore my vintage kit, I had no idea where to start, and Alan helped me through the entire process, from cleaning, de-rusting, to finding missing parts. Whenever I have a problem with my kit or something breaks, I always go to Alan first (it's a good idea to call the store to see when he's working!) Often he'll find a way to fix it without having to purchase new parts.
Definitely recommend this gem over bigger places like Guitar Center.
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Jan 22, 2017
"Hi Alan, Eddie & I LOVED Nancy's classes. We stopped going because it was dark & cold & late & it was the only time we could both make it ( I work nites ) but we plan to resume classes probably in the spring. I miss it. Rochelle"
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Purchased beautiful instruments...
I recommend the workshops to all my college student studying world music in the classroom. We've also purchased beautiful instruments I use in my teaching. People marvel at their sound and touch.
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So much fun...
Participating in a beginners drumming series was so much fun, and I was surprised at what they were able to teach us! We plan to go back as soon as our schedule allow a steady attendance.
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Just bought my 3rd instrument from this store. Always a pleasure to do business with DrumConnection, and home to a great community of drummers.
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Honest, original voice...
Way back in 2011, I wrote and published a feature story about Alan Tauber and DrumConnection. Read it at YourArlington
Nothing that has occurred since would cause me to change my mind about Alan and his business: He's an honest, original voice in a fast-changing town, offering a rhythm that is hard to beat.
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Always a great experience...
Alan is always a pleasure to do business with. He is knowledgeable and very kind. The classes they have are fun and very informative. Always a great experience.
Redington Beach, FL
Alan's knowledge is vast...
I needed to replace the head on a djembe. I live on the south shore of MA, and was having a hard time finding a place to do the job. I discovered the DrumConnection through a list serve and found the best resource I could hope for. Alan's knowledge is vast, and the service was done professionally, on time, and at a reasonable price. I do not need to look any further for my hand drumming needs.
It is a privilege to know you...
You play such an important part in drumming education in this country. It is a privilege to know you...
Name withheld upon request.
(but a famous dude in percussion).
Great Local Place, Great Stuff, Nice People
Bought a present for a friend and they had just what I wanted. They helped me pick the right one. Weren't pushy. Really nice vibe. Will definitely go back when I need a drum or a present for someone.
5/16/2016 5.0 stars! Yelp!
DrumConnection is great! Excellent teachers, extremely high quality guest drummers from Africa, and female teachers and leaders.
5/15/2016 5.0 stars!
Thank you Alan, Thierno, Audrey, Issa and Moussa!
At DrumConnection, I began my beginners' class feeling lost and insecure. However, while the drum is quite challenging, I have felt more and more connected to the group thanks to the wonderful teachers, and the kindness and acceptance of other drummers.
In other words I am deeply indebted and grateful for the opportunity to expand my skills, horizons, and sense of belonging thanks to the drum. The ongoing learning experience is challenging, exhilarating and humbling. Thank you Alan, Thierno, Audrey, Issa and Moussa, and thank you to all my fellow students!
5/13/2016 5.0 stars!
Thanks so much. Tuned up my kids drum, very knowledgeable and friendly!
4/28/2016 5.0 stars!
Love DrumConnection in Arlington!
Great teachers including the Masters from West Africa; great drums (all kinds) and accessories. Director and owner, Alan, is an excellent drummer himself, friends to all and always willing to share his knowledge. Classes & Workshops at all levels challenging and tons of fun. Serious drumming going on here!
4/27/2016 5.0 stars!
Knowledgeable, and very helpful.
I watched Alan help a gentleman trying to rent an accordion. Yes, this sounds like a Seinfeld script, but it was touching seeing Alan help someone out. Additionally, the store is well supplied, and the prices are quote reasonable for being able to get your hands on what you need right now. Truly, an asset to the community!
Brian C. J.
April 9, 2016, 1:47 p.m.
Friends cannot believe how light it is and how good it sounds. Easy for me to carry. It is also very nice looking, not ornate, just beautiful wooden swirls. Thanks for all your help on this..... kdl
4/10/16 ; 5 Stars
I have spent several wonderful weekends at DrumConnection studying drumming rhythms with various master drummers (djembefolas) and I just want to thank Alan and the wonderful community of people I met at there for a wonderful, fun, inspiring and informative time. If I didn't live on Long Island, NY I would be there every week. 5 star rating from me!
Long Island, NY
2/24/2016 : 5 Stars!
DrumConnection is a wonderful place. Alan is so helpful, thoughtful and kind. The store has a great selection of drums that will help you connect to music from all over the world. Highly recommended!
Jan. 16, 2016 : 5 Stars!
Great experience, no pressure to buy or spend more than I wanted to, just the perfect assistance to help me find the right drum for me - a clear joy for drumming and very welcoming - made me feel right at home.
12/22/2015 : 5 Stars!
A great little store
I was looking for some nifty percussion accessories for my son-in-law and I really didn't want to go the the Guitar Center. What a great place! I got great advice & was able to find exactly the kind of stuff I was looking for! A perfect shopping trip & well worth the weekly trip down from Cape Ann!
Cape Ann, MA
5.0 star rating 12/6/2015 Yelp!
5.0 Star Rating 12/4/15 Google+
A great store and a wonderful school. I recommend it without reservations.
11/15/2015 5.0 Yelp!
The beginner drum class was extra special. Taught by Thierno Keita-what a wonderful escape each week from the work-a-day world into a world of rhythm and movement. Great for the brain and the soul. Alan Tauber, who runs the Drum Connection could not be kinder or more devoted to his art. This has been a postive turn for me and I will continue on this road with pleasure.
5.0 star rating 11/11/2015
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5.0 star rating 10/19/2015 Yelp!
The Best! Thanks!
Purchased my djembe here a few years ago, just bought new skin, Alan and staff always knowledgeable and helpful.
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June 25, 2015
5.0 star rating Excellent Teaching!
August 4, 2015
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July 6, 2015
5.0 star rating Incredible Drums!
July 8, 2015
Way better than 5 stars!
June 10, 2015
April 8, 2015
Five stars all the way!
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February 5, 2015
Hey just wanted to write you a note to tell you how much I absolutely love the drum! It was the perfect choice for me. The slaps are just incredible and yet it gives good bass response. I brought it to work to play with the children and it was just such the perfect instrument. It’s just the right one for me and I'm really thrilled with it. Thanks so much.
January 24, 2015
Thanks Alan for your undivided attention today as I purchased the replacement head for the djembe I had previously bought at DrumConnection. Could not be more satisfied!