Taiko Drums

We sell a range of taikos suitable for practice or performance

Kagemusha Taiko Practice Drums

Kagemusha Taiko Practice Drums (also known as “pipe drums”) are the result of more than 15 years of continuous development, working in partnership with schools, to provide taiko drums that are lightweight and robust – drums that also sound good and are affordable.
Having kept prices constant for a number of years, recent dramatic rises in the cost of all the raw materials involved in drum manufacture mean that we have had to increase what we charge for our drums. If you voted for it, please regard this as your “Brexit dividend”. If you voted to remain, you were right: Brexit is bad for British business, and results in higher prices. We’re sorry about this.


Kagemusha Taiko Pipe Drums

Pipe Drum and free softwood stand: £240;  Case: £86;  Bachi: £18
Please note that we need a minimum order of 5 drums – with or without cases and bachi.
OPTIONAL: hardwood stand, stained black, in place of the softwood stand – Pipe Drum and Hardwood Stand: £260 Minimum order of 5 applies. See notes on drum stands, below.

Delivery: Within the UK, a set of 10 drums will cost about £150.
Drums are usually built to order and we aim to deliver within one month of receipt of a valid purchase order – often sooner.


Please note that we NO LONGER EXPORT DRUMS. Our friends on the continental mainland will know that besides the extra complications of receiving freight from the UK, there is also now a requirement to pay import tax and VAT, which increases the cost of the drums by about 20% Once again, we have Brexit to thank for this. Sorry.

In 2004, Kagemusha Taiko began working on a problem facing schools and others – how to get affordable taiko drums for people to play. Within a year, we have developed a basic solution: pipe drums with tarpaulin skins did the trick. They were affordable, lightweight but incredibly robust, and they sounded pretty good too. In fact, they worked so well that many people used them for performance as well as practice – and still do. We have sold over 1,500 of these pipe drums across the UK, many other European countries, and USA.

We have made refinements to them over the years, with the result that our 2021 versions are the best-ever.

The drums stand approx 60cms tall, with a playing surface of approx 50cms in diameter.

“Devon Music Service now owns 6 sets of Kagemusha Taiko Practice Drums, which are in near-constant use. We’ve found them to be one of our most popular instrument sets for schools. The soft cases make them easy to transport and the drums themselves have so far proven indestructible!”


What do Kagemusha Taiko Practice Drums Sound Like?

This video shows Jonathan Kirby playing some “dongo drills” with members of Kagemusha Junior Taiko.
Of course, the sound depends on the quality of the original recording and the quality of the speakers you are listening through, but the video nonetheless gives a good idea of the sound.


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Kaiser Drum


For those who want the increased tonal range offered by drums made with wood and skin, we recommend KAISER DRUMS ® , a company that has been distributing high-quality, hand crafted Taiko drums and accessories since 2006. They purchase their supplies from professional and traditional drum manufacturers in the heart of China and from Japan. Alternatively, we recommend Miyamoto / kaDON for drums and percussion imported directly from Japan, though orderable in English from their USA-based website.


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