A cowbell is a percussion instrument usually added to a drum set. It produces a sound when struck by a drumstick. It can come in a cup, cylindrical, or a trapezoidal shape. It is popularly used in Latin music and in musical performances as effects instruments. It is available in standard, 5-piece, and cowbell bar types.
Types of Cowbells
Kinds of Cowbells include the following:
A standard cowbell is made of thick, durable steel.
It is usually mounted using an eye-bolt clamp and an extra large wing nut finger-tightened on a mounting rod.
It produces a low pitched, cutting sound.
5-piece percussion cowbell
A five-piece percussion cowbell consists of five agogo bells arranged in a row.
It comes with a bracket for mounting and supporting the cowbells.
It is commonly used in Brazil's carnival music.
Cowbell bar chimes
Cowbell bar chimes are made of durable metal alloy.
They can consist of 24, 25, 36, or 72 bars.
Each bar is suspended by a nylon tie on a wood block.
Choosing Cowbells (Buying tips)
Mounting system: To prevent cross-talking between a series of cowbells, choose those mounted in a cushioned mounting system.
Stand: Look for a five-piece percussion cowbell with an adjustable stand for setting its height according to your preference. Playing surface: To get a better sound, look for a cowbell with a slightly rounded playing surface.