Reasons to Love Memphis #38: the World’s Most Awesome Drum Shop

Posted by Holly Whitfield | June 21st 2010 993 0

It’s weirdly quiet inside the Memphis Drum Shop. When I visited on a mid-week afternoon, there was no banging, no crashing cymbals, no background muzak for aspiring drummers to play along to.

Ludwig kit at Memphis Drum Shop

Ludwig kit at Memphis Drum Shop

The Memphis Drum Shop has six showrooms stocked with new and vintage drum sets, obscure hand drums and chimes, gongs, tympani and bongos. In this palace of percussion, professional grade drum kits share floor space with beginner sets and pearly vintage drums. There’s a shrine-like room entirely devoted to cymbals.

Open in Memphis since 1987, the Memphis Drum Shop is considered one of the best drum shops in the world. Legendary drummers of all kinds have given performances and workshops in the upstairs performance area and the drum shop has the largest display of Zildjian and Paiste cymbals in the world. In addition to the showroom, the drum shop also manages a large ecommerce business, repair shop, and archive of drum catalogs (from 1900 to the present).

Pearly whites, Memphis Drum Shop

Pearly whites, Memphis Drum Shop

For those wanting to rock but unsure of where to start, the Memphis Drum Shop has seven percussion teachers on staff and offers discounted lessons with the purchase of some drum kits.

Go There:

Memphis Drum Shop

878 South Cooper Street
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 276-2328


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. i just gave my boyfriend a Pearl drum set, they sound super great ::

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