Image of a battered drum kit

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:

DIY Repairs

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:

  • lugs
  • bolts
  • wingnuts
  • springs (for bass pedal)
  • snare tape/wire/fixings
  • clamps/arms/brackets
  • 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.

Drum Shack – Battersea

Tel: 0207 228 1000



Services: Repairs, spares, new and 2nd hand sales

Cost: Example cost to replace drum head = £11 to £14

Offer: Elephant Drums students get 10% off repairs and various discounts on in-store purchases.

Drum Spares – Ealing

Tel: 07983 313999



Services: Online store, repairs and spares

Cost: Example cost £15 to £20 to repair snare

Footes – Central London

Tel: 020 7734 1822



Services: Repairs, spares, new and 2nd hand sales

Offer: Elephant Drums students get 10% off in-store purchases.

Normans Music – Greenwich

Tel: 020 8850 1263



Services: Small repairs and sells drum accessories

Cost: £5 to change drum head + £15 for skin

Tune Inn Music Shop – Lewisham

Tel: 020 8698 4446



Services: Buy, sell and part-exchange kits and accessories

Others (based outside London, but serving London)

Newby Drums – Milton Keynes

Tel: 01908 239800



Services: Quality Drum Servicing & Repairs of All Makes of Drums & Percussion.

Yamaha Approved Service Centre, Gretsch Authorised Service Centre

Have you got any recommendations about repairs?

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