Missing lugs, cracked cymbals, wobbly drum stools, squeaky pedals, threaded bolts, rattly snares, split skins…
The list of potential repairs goes on.
At any stage of learning the drums it is vital to know how to perform at least a few basic repairs and know some maintenance tips in order to get the best out of your drum kit.
When a spare part or some specialist advice is needed, help is at hand (scroll down for links to some of our local drum shops and repairers).
As beginners/intermediates it may be the first time you have brought a kit and consequently the first time you get problems with your kit. Elephant Drums has compiled this article to help you repair your kit or find out where to get some advice if something does go wrong.
You can prevent many damages or breakages happening by following a few general maintenance tips. If a pedal squeaks or a cymbal doesn’t sound right, it means you need to take a look at what’s going on.
Prevention is better than cure
We will follow up on this article in a future post about recommended maintenance routines (but this article is about repairs). You can also check out the following topics we previously covered:
Sometimes it’s best to take it to a specialist repairer (see below for contacts), but many repairs can be done in a DIY fashion.
Replacement parts can be picked up in shops or ordered online. You can repair many common problems by simply buying spare parts and fitting them yourself, such as:
- springs (for bass pedal)
- snare tape/wire/fixings
- clutch (for the HiHat)
If a crack appears in a cymbal it could spell the end of days for the cymbal, so you could try “drilling out” the crack or try filling it with epoxy resin (both DIY repairs may prolong the life of the cymbal for a while, but it depends on the situation and how bad the crack is).
Persistent or recurring problems, or situations where you require specialist tools and knowledge are generally best left to a professional repair person.
Drum Kit Repairs and Servicing Contacts
Below is a list of a few places that we at Elephant Drums know about for buying spares and repairing kits locally. We might add to this list from time to time, please feel free to contact us or write a comment at the bottom if you can recommend other repair services.
Most places you take kits to be repaired to will charge from £25 to £50 per hour for labour. Typically will be around the £40 mark. You will then need to pay for the cost of any spares. Drum repair shops will also more than likely offer to come and collect and drop off the kit but again this will probably incur an additional charge.
Please note: we do not receive any commission from the shops/repairers listed and none of the places listed have paid to be featured in this guide.
Others (based outside London, but serving London)
Have you got any recommendations about repairs?
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