Let’s start this by examining the origin of the word miscellaneous. The Latin words for mix and mixed are miscere and miscellus respectively, which inspired the word miscellaneus. In the 17th century we simply stole the word for the English language by adding one more letter – and that’s that. Very exciting.

Now, when we take this word and embrace it within the magnificent world of percussion, we are basically talking about a “mixed’ bag of goods and items that don’t really “belong” anywhere “else”. Often these misc instruments are found in studios more than live and are great for sound effects. In saying that, it’s not impossible to find an eclectic looking front man using an LP Cricket Effect in the hippest joint in Shoreditch.

Speaking of LP, they are the brand that provide the most miscellaneous and FX instruments. A close second would be the likes of Meinl, and most of Meinl’s FX are intended for drum kit players as opposed to LP’s which are more for the hand percussionist or studio session player.

So whether you’re after a Ratchet, Washboard, Vibra-Tone, or Turbo Crasher, then you’ve come to the right place. My favourite would have to be the irreverent Vibraslap with its signature crkckrcgghrckrckrck sound often used by the household band, ‘Enter the Haggis’.

Bamboo Rainstick Large 39" (100cm)
Meinl Bamboo Rainstick Large 39" (100cm) - bellperc.com
Bamboo Rainstick Medium
Meinl Bamboo Rainstick Medium - bellperc.com
Bell Tree - 27 Bells
Meinl Bell Tree - 27 Bells - bellperc.com
CP Sleigh Bells, 12 Bells
LP CP Sleigh Bells, 12 Bells - bellperc.com
CP Sleigh Bells, 25 Bells
LP CP Sleigh Bells, 25 Bells - bellperc.com
Crystal Rainstick
LP Crystal Rainstick - bellperc.com
Finger Cymbals
LP Finger Cymbals - bellperc.com
LP Finger Cymbals £27.00
Flex-A-Tone Standard - LP1-5
LP Flex-A-Tone Standard - LP1-5 - bellperc.com
Hand Held Bell Tree - 14 Bells
bellperc Hand Held Bell Tree - 14 Bells - bellperc.com
Hand Held Bell Tree - 14 Bells
LP Hand Held Bell Tree - 14 Bells - bellperc.com
Raw Series Snare Sound Enhancer - LP1623
LP Raw Series Snare Sound Enhancer - LP1623 - bellperc.com
Tanglewood Whip
Bell Percussion Tanglewood Whip - bellperc.com