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Sales & Service

Dynamic Percussion is an authorized dealer for the most well-known musical instrument manufacturers in the world. We feature both new and used/vintage equipment. Our large selection of drum sets, snare drums, cymbals, hardware, auxiliary percussion, hand drums, sticks & mallets, electronics, parts and accessories make for an unparalleled browsing experience for both new and veteran drummers alike.

There are no high-pressure salesman here, only friendly and knowledgeable drummers. Our staff is happy to answer all your questions and to accommodate any request you may have to try out certain gear. It is our goal to guide every player to make the ideal gear selection based on their abilities, playing style, musical needs and budget. Ask one of our staff members to explain the features of an item, or describe the differences between two drum sets. The knowledge you will obtain alone could make it worth a visit.

Please direct all sales inquiries HERE


About Us
Richard 'Gus' Guastamachio
Owner, Teacher

Richard 'Gus' Guastamachio graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music (Johns Hopkins University) in 1984 with a degree in Music Education and Percussion Performance. Gus served the nation as senior soloist with the US Army "Old Guard" Fife And Drum Corps, 3rd US Infantry (official escort to The President Of The United States) in Washington, DC from 1982 to 1985. Gus has studied with a long list of great percussionists, including: Tony Ames, Michael Bookspan, Fred Begun, Gary Burton, Gary Chester, Bobby Christian, Paul Cormier, Alan Dawson, Bob Gatzen, Jonathan Haas, Fred Hinger, Frank Hooper, Joe Morello, Ed Saindon, Ed Soph, Scott Stevens, Bill West and Christopher Williams.

Gus is a proud member of Vic Firth Education Team, Percussive Arts Society, Hudson Music TIP Program, Professional Drum Teachers Guild, Sabian Educators Network and Connecticut Music Educators Association/Music Educators National Conference. Gus performs throughout New England as a freelance percussionist.

Gus was recognized for excellence in music education and performance by Cambridge Who's Who in 2012-2018.



Dynamic Percussion operates a full-service repair department on site. Whether you have a simple maintenance issue such as a broken head or you have a complex restoration project, you can bring your gear into Dynamic Percussion for a free repair evaluation and estimate.

Examples of common repairs we perform regularly at Dynamic Percussion:

Head replacement
Drum tuning
Hand drum tucking
Hardware repair (stands, thrones and pedals)
Drum hardware repair (hoops, lugs, brackets, strainers)
Warranty Support (items must be in warranty period with receipt)

We are also experienced in tackling larger projects such as vintage restorations, refinishing and servicing instruments such as xylophones, vibraphones, marimba, orchestral chimes and timpani.

Every repair situation is unique, but you will be in good hands with our experienced technicians. CONTACT US with any questions you may have about your gear or simply bring the offending item in for a free estimate.



Lessons at Connecticut Drum Academy

Connecticut Drum Academy is the educational department at Dynamic Percussion. Connecticut Drum Academy offers an award-winning musical instruction program that specializes in private and group lessons for drums and percussion.

For all information about music lessons, please visit our LESSONS WEBSITE



Dynamic Percussion is proud to offer an equipment rental service to customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We offer free delivery and pick up throughout Hartford County. Delivery and pickup are available statewide as well as to Massachusetts and Rhode Island for an additional fee.


1. A deposit of the full retail amount of all equipment rented is required. This can be done with credit card, or cash.
2. The deposit will be returned after the equipment is returned in satisfactory condition. Credit Card Deposit return may take 3-5 days to appear.  Any damage beyond normal wear and tear will need to be paid for out of the deposit.

All rates are plus CT tax, if applicable, and include free delivery and pick up within 25 miles, during normal business hours.
A. $125.00 per day (Shell Pack Only) / $160.00 per day (Kit w/Hardware)
B. $300.00 Weekend Fri. - Mon. (Shell Pack Only) / $350.00 Weekend Fri. - Mon. (Kit w/Hardware)
C. $350.00 per week (Shell Pack Only) / $400.00 per week (Kit w/Hardware)
D. Drum set rental includes 4 or 5 piece Shell Pack / or Kit w/Hardware includes Shell Pack plus (2) Boom Stands, Hi-Hat Stand, Snare Stand, Throne, Kick Pedal).
E. Available kits: Mapex 5pc MyDentity Maple (22" KIck-07x12" & 08x12" Mounted Toms-16" Floor Tom w/legs-14" Steel Snare)
                           Yamaha 5pc Stage Custom Advantage (22" KIck-12 & 13" Mounted Toms-16" Floor Tom w/legs-14" Snare)
                           Ludwig 4pc B/O Badge (22" KIck-13 & 14" Mounted Toms-16" Floor Tom w/legs-NO Snare)
                           Gretsch 4pc Vintage (20" Kick-12" Tom-16" Floor Tom w/Legs-14" Chrome Snare)

All rates are plus CT tax, if applicable. Delivery & pick up available (for additional fee).
A. $75.00 per day or weekend (Fri. - Mon.) for single cymbal.
B. $60.00 per day or weekend (Fri. - Mon.) per cymbal if renting more than one cymbal.

All rates are plus CT tax, if applicable. Delivery & pick up available (for a small fee).
A. $40.00 per day.

All rates are plus CT tax, if applicable, and include free delivery and pick up within 25 miles.
A. Call for current rates

Extended rental times, or more information please CONTACT US.

Dynamic Percussion

6 Highland Street
East Hartford,CT
           (860) 647-8887     
Retail Store Hours:
Mon.-Thu. 12:00noon - 7:00pm
Friday 12:00noon - 6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm

    About Dynamic Percussion

of being an independently veteran owned and operated specialty drum and percussion center located at 6 Highland Street in East Hartford, CT. We are the region's premier  resource for all aspects of drumming and percussion, having  served the music community of Connecticut, Massachusetts and beyond since 1985!