An inexpensive and secret source of percussion instruments
A few weeks ago I figured out that metal scrapyards (or metal recyclers) are good sources of percussion: they collect brass and bronze among the other types of metal -- and brass and bronze tend to sound pretty good when struck.
The other neat thing is that they just charge scrap-metal prices if you find anything of interest. One of the guys there said that they sometimes get actual cymbals -- which they toss in with the rest of the brass and bronze.
Because I work during the week, I'm only able to stop by on Saturdays.
The first time I stopped by, the guy said they had just emptied the "brass and bronze" bin a few days ago -- so it was nearly empty.
I waited a week, and then stopped by the following weekend. Gah! Same deal.
So, I resolved to stop by every Saturday.
Thus, two weekends ago -- the first of my "regular visits" -- I scored some flat metal rings (future windchimes?), as well as two sturdy metal pipes with external threads (see video). And yesterday, I picked up a thin-walled capped pipe, which sounds a bit like an agogo, but also like a cowbell (also in video).
The threaded pipes were about AU$7 each (about US$5.60), and the thing-walled one cost me AU$5 (about US$4). I may keep 'em; I may mount them on wood to make them part of a drum kit, then sell them.
Anyhow, raiding metal recycling places is a new source of percussion instruments for me. But: be sure to wear old clothes; you might get a little greasy or dirty, rummaging around.
And bring a drumstick -- for testing purposes.