Here in America, it was mastered by icons like Sly and Family Stone and Blue Oyster Cult. Down under, AC/DC turned it into one of Hell's Bells, while in the U.K, Nazareth was reminding us who we were messing with. To put it simply, it's a rock'n'roll staple. It can take a simple 4/4 beat to new levels of catchiness, and honestly, we all really could use a little more cowbell.
Today, the biggest drum brands in the industry are manufacturing their own cowbells and even cowbell beaters. From LP and Rhythm to Pearl and Meinl, these cowbells come in a wide range of stylish designs with their own unique sounds, and they're extremely easy to mount to your drum kit.
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If you're looking for that classic, rock'n'roll cowbell sound, the LP204A Black Beauty cowbell is the most recorded cowbell of all time. The slightly rounded surface on this cowbell makes it easy to get a great loud sound. For the price, you simply can't beat this classic cowbell. Although another great option is the Sabian Bell diablo cowbell splash pack, where you get an oversized splash cymbal that packs the wallop of a mini crash, and the LP Bell Diablo that's complete with a fiery red color design, and can hold up under serious pounding from even the hardest hitters.
In the history of popular music, the role of the cowbell can't be denied. So many hits over the past 5 decades have been based around that unmistakable sound, and to this day, younger players are continuing to discover how much fun it can be when they incorporate the cowbell into their technique. If you're thinking about purchasing a cowbell, you've certainly come to the right place. Or, to quote a classic cowbell hit from the 60's, time has come today.