This year we celebrate our 100th anniversary!

Established in 1920 at 232 Hornsey Road London and founded by Charles Ernest Foote, Footes supplied and manufactured drums and percussion (alongside woodwind and brass) instruments.  In 1924, Ronald E Foote joined and began to market the ‘REF’ series of snare drums which included innovative features such as a parallel snare and internal damper. During the Second World War, both Charles and Ronald left to fight … Continue reading

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The best low volume practice cymbals for drummers.

As drummers we’re all far too familiar with the need to keep the volume down when practising. Luckily companies such as Zildjian, UFO and Sabian are now producing some of the best low volume practice cymbals for drummers. The Zildjian L80 Low Volume Cymbals are at the top end of the range available. These cymbals allow you to practise at … Continue reading

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A drum kit for beginners

What’s the best drum kit for beginners? Acoustic or electronic drums?Here’s a brief guide from us to help you choose the best suited drums for your needs. Noise:The first consideration is often noise level. If you’re lucky enough to have a suitable room that you can play an acoustic drum kit in and it won’t disturb the neighbours, or the … Continue reading

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Stagg Cymbals ‘Meet The Maker’ Day & Clem Cattini Book Signing – Wed. 5th June

We’re pleased to announce two events taking place in store here at Footes on Wednesday 5th June: 10am to 6pm Stagg Cymbals ‘Meet The Maker’  From Bronze to the Drum Kit An in depth look at how Stagg cymbals are made with Master Cymbal Creator Eric Tang Opportunity to test the latest generation of Stagg cymbals. First look at the … Continue reading

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British Drum Co. Maverick snare drum review by Nigel Dawson

Here’s a review from one of our customer’s, Nigel Dawson.  He was so knocked out with his new purchase he felt compelled to share his experience: Over the past couple of years, I’ve played over 50 gigs in a wide range of venues. I’m nowhere near a pro-level drummer, but more a passionate amateur, playing regularly with our covers band, … Continue reading

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New Bill Sanders 4″ ‘Button’ Practice Pad

Bill Sanders drum practice pads are UK made. This new 4″ ‘Button’ practice pad is produced from the same quality materials as the rest of the Bill Sanders range, this pad is built to last. It’s small enough to store in your stick bag making it ideal for warming up for gigs, rehearsal or recording or as a handy pad … Continue reading

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New Zildjian Cymbals for 2019

Zildjian have launched some exciting new cymbals for 2019. First up we have the FX Stacks. These come complete with a Zildjian Cymbolt mount that allows you to use them as Hi Hats or a Stack. Either way you’ll have the perfect addition to your set up that can go from bright, fast and cutting, to trashy and raw:  FEATURES: • Distinctive … Continue reading

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Pan Amor Hand Pans have landed

We’ve been in search of a good quality Hang or Hand Pan to add to our wide range of percussion instruments that we stock here at Footes. In recent years many companies introduced metal tongue drums, Pearl with their Awakening Series Tongue Drum and LP with the Dharma Metta Drum.  Then we discovered the Pan Amor hand pans (or hang).  … Continue reading

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Roland TD1DMK V-Drum Kit

The new TD1DMK from Roland is in now. It features the tried and tested TD1 module which has great sounds and is perfect for practice and performance. There’s 15 drum kits to choose from, along with 15 songs to play along to and 10 on board coaching functions too. The Roland TD-1DMK is an all mesh head kit (expect the … Continue reading

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Drum accessories round up

We take a look at some of our best selling and our favourite drum kit accessories. This is in no particular order, but the first product is probably the no.1 worldwide: From RTOM the original manufacturer of these gel damping pads for your snare drum, toms, bass drum or even cymbals. Moon Gel is always handy to have in your stick … Continue reading

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