Our percussion is stored in Turner Sims Concert Hall and available for hire. The prices for the 2023/24 Academic Year have remained the same as last year, and below are the standard rate for one day. Please let us know if you plan to hire percussion for use abroad.

Standard Rates: 

Bass Drum (incl. cradle) – £20

Premier Timpani 25″ – £20

Premier Timpani 28″ – £20            (chair included with Timpani hire)

Premier Timpani 30″ – £20

Glockenspiel 2 1/2 octaves (incl. stand) – £15

Orchestral Xylophone 3 1/2 octaves – £25

Crash Cymbals 20″ (incl. stand) – £15 (marked with red tape)

Suspended Cymbal 15″ (incl. stand) – £10 (marked with red tape)

Tam Tam 25″ – £20

Snare Drum (x2, incl. x1 stand) – £10 each (marked with red tape)

Small Items* – £5

Miscellaneous Items** – £2

* Tambourine, Woodblock, Triangle (x3), Cowbell (x3), Temple Blocks, Jam Block

**Car Horn, Claves, Castanets, Hammer, Chains, Finger Cymbals, Bells (mainly sleigh)

A discount of 50% will apply to each item for all SUSU affiliated societies and the University of Southampton Music Department.

For use of our percussion outside of Turner Sims Concert Hall, an additional cost of £30 per hire period will apply. The discount of 50% will also apply here for all SUSU affiliated societies and the University of Southampton Music Department. You will only be charged for this once if you are also hiring our non-percussion equipment.

For prolonged periods of hire, such as tours or musical productions, discounts of the hire cost are available in the following multiplier:

  • 2 days – 1.5x
  • 3 days – 2x
  • 4 days – 2.5x
  • 5 days – 3x
  • 6 days – 3.5x
  • 7 days – 4x

For a hire of longer than 7 days, please contact us before placing your hire request.

In addition to the hire cost, we will require ALL hires to pay a 50% deposit of the standard rate for each item. This will be paid back in full upon the return of ALL instruments sustaining NO damage.

The Hirer is entirely responsible for the safe collection, use and return of the instrument and for payment of the bill, whether sent to the Hirer or to another person on the Hirer’s instruction. Please note that, despite appearances, most instruments are extremely delicate and easy to damage. Any loss or damage must be reported to SUSO’s Orchestral Manager immediately. Please also note that all damage and/or loss of instruments shall be paid by the Hirer in addition to the hire fee. A photographic record will be kept of instrument quality before and after hire. If you have any concerns about the safe handling of the instruments, please contact SUSO’s Orchestral Manager who will be more than happy to help and advise you.

If the storage cupboard is not left how it was found an additional charge of £30 will be added.

Using ANY item of our percussion without permission from the SUSO Committee is an automatic £200 fine, in addition to any sum owed.

To hire out percussion instruments please email suso@soton.ac.uk for enquiries or click the link below


Thank you for considering to hire percussion from SUSO.