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 nearly 20 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. In fact, they work so well that many people use them for performance as well as practice. We have sold over 2,000 of these pipe drums across the UK, many other European countries, and USA. We have made many refinements to them over the years, with the result that our 2022 versions are the best-ever.

“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!”


Kagemusha Taiko Pipe Drums

The drums stand approx 60cms tall, with a playing surface of approx 54cms in diameter. They weigh about 10 kilos, so can be carried easily.
With the price of raw materials increasing rapidly due to the combined effects of Brexit, the pandemic, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we can no longer post prices online. Please ask us for a quote (minimum order of 5 drums) if you are interested in buying.
As a guide, please think in terms of about £240 GBP per drum with softwood stand, and £18 GBP for a pair of bachi (sticks). Cases are optional and cost approximately £85 GBP each.
Delivery is normally by ParcelForce. Including packaging in a strong cardboard box, delivery cost will be about £20 GBP per drum, with reductions for large numbers of drums going to a single destination. Delivery is normally within a month of placing an order.

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% We have Brexit to thank for this. Sorry.


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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