Terms & Conditions

drumnut.co.uk is owned by drum tutor Steve Thornley who is dedicated to providing his customers total satisfaction. If you have any comments or suggestions or need to contact Steve in any way, please use the Contact form on this website or use the following details:
Steve Thornley
PO Box 3083
West Sussex
BN16 4NW
Telephone: 01903 775144 (Mon - Fri 9 - 5pm)
Mobile: 07885 368159
Email: shop@drumnut.co.uk
We have tried our best to make purchasing products for yourself or the student drummer in your family as simple as possible. Just browse the site and add any items you wish to buy to your basket. When you are finished, go to the Checkout where you will be asked a few details so we can complete your order efficiently and to your satisfaction.
When you place an order, you are making an offer to buy these goods. We will send you an email to confirm that we have received your order.
A number of options will be presented to you as you proceed through the checkout process. See the Shipping Info for more details. If you intend to pay for your order by cheque or cash, you will need to do so in your lesson the week before you would like the goods. Alternatively, you can pay for the goods using a debit or credit card when you place the order on the website. In this case, please make sure you place your order at least 48 hours before the lesson when you would like your delivery as it takes this long to prepare your order.
You also have the option to have your order delivered directly to your door, gift-wrapped if you wish. The cost of this service is weight-dependent and calculated at check-out automatically.
In the case of 'in stock' goods, your order will be despatched within 2 working days. In the case of 'out of stock' goods, your order will be dispatched within 5 working days. If you order contains a mixture of 'in stock' and 'out of stock' items, we will contact you to see if you would like part delivery of your order dispatched straight away with the rest of your items placed on 'back order'. If we make more than one delivery to you, for whatever reason, you will be charged for each delivery. Please ensure you supply a contact telephone number so we can keep in touch with you about your order if necessary.
You can make payment in any one of three ways:
Cash, Cheque or Postal Order at a drum lesson: select your items on the website in the usual way and simply select this option on Checkout. Kindly print the order or just write the Order Number on a piece of paper and then put this with your payment in a sealed envelope and give to Steve at your next drum lesson. Please note that you will not receive your order until your next lesson, assuming this is at least 48 hours after you place your order. If you are using cheque or Postal Order please make sure it is made payable to Steve Thornley.
BACS: most current accounts allow you to make electronic payments free of charge using the BACS process. Our payment details will be sent to you by email when you place your order. Please quote your Order Number in the reference section of the form you complete to send the payment so we can easily trace your funds and prevent a delay to the despatch of your order. Please note that it usually takes 3 working days for funds to reach our account using this method so please factor this time into your delivery expectations.
Debit or Credit Card on the website: the most immediate form of payment. Your payment will be processed using PayPal. Your card number is not stored by us if you use this facility.
You earn Reward Points on every purchase you make at the drumnut shop. These Reward Points can be redeemed against purchases at the exchange rate of 1 Reward Point = £0.01. You are reminded at Check-Out the number of Reward Points you have accumulated and are given the opportunity to exchange them to reduce the amount owing or save them for another time.
VAT is applied to your goods where applicable at the prevailing rate at the time of your order and is included in all prices on the website.
We want you to be totally satisfied with your purchase from the drumnut.co.uk shop. If you are not satisfied with any aspect of your experience using this shop, please contact us so we can try to put things right.
If your goods are damaged, faulty or have been misdescribed, please contact us immediately so we can arrange collection at our expense and offer you a free replacement or complete refund.
A Contract of Sale is deemed to exist between Steve Thornley and you (the customer) from the moment we dispatch your goods. You have the right under Distance Selling Regulations to cancel this contract by contacting us within 7 days of receipt of your goods. You must take reasonable care of the goods whilst in your possession and they must be returned to us in their original condition and packaging at your cost. If we collect the item from you, you will be charged the cost of collection which will be notified to you at the time of cancellation.
This is not intended to be a full statement of your rights under Distance Selling Regulations. For details of your rights are available from your local Citizens' Advice Bureau or your Local Authority's Trading Standards Office.
You are welcome to amend or cancel your order at any time before dispatch. Please use the contact details above.
Pictures are intended as a sample only and may not always match the description of the product. If you would like more details of any product offered on this website, please contact us or visit the manufacturer's website which is available via a link at the shop.
Steve Thornley or drumnut.co.uk will not disclose any of your personal information to third parties. Information collected during the placement of an order is held by us and used to enable us to fulfill that order. Cookies are used on this website but only to keep track of the contents of your shopping cart once you have selected an item.

We take piracy very seriously at drumnut.co.uk and it is important that you understand how you can and cannot use any digital downloads from the drumnut.co.uk shop so you don't break our Terms and Conditions or the law. 

What you CAN do with your digital download:

  • In the case of PDF files, you are permitted to print a copy of this document, or transfer it to a digital device, such as a tablet, for your OWN personal use. 
  • In the case of mp3 audio files, your are permitted to transfer this to a digital device for your OWN personal use.

What you CANNOT do with your digital download:

  • In the case of PDF files, you must NOT share or lend either a printed or digital version with anyone else. Teachers are permitted to use the document in lessons but are NOT permitted to lend or give copies to their students. 
  • In the case of mp3 audio files, you must NOT share or lend the audio file with anyone else. You are also not permitted to use the music contained in the audio file in recorded or public performance as it is Copyright. If you wish to use an mp3 file in a performance, please contact drumnut.co.uk to obtain a license for its use.


Anyone purchasing a drum kit and/or cymbals do so on the understanding that drumnut.co.uk operate the scheme in accordance with the regulations and definitions set out by HMRC. These are as follows:


The supply of musical instruments is standard rated for VAT purposes.  The Assisted Instrument Purchase Scheme (AIPS) enables pupils of local authority and academy schools to purchase musical instruments through their school net of VAT providing the sale to the pupil meets the criteria below.  If the school sells the instrument to the pupil at a profit this is a standard-rated supply.  The scheme is described below.

Legal Background

AIPS was not introduced by any legislation, but is considered as closely related to the supply of education, which for qualifying bodies is VAT exempt and other bodies standard rated. (See Schedule 9, Group 6 of the VAT Act 1994.)  However, as local authority and academy schools deliver education as part of a special legal regime they are taken out of the scope of VAT by virtue of section 41A of the VAT Act, which transposes into UK law Article 13 of the Principal VAT Directive 2006.   Therefore they are treated as non-business activities.

While normally non-business activities do not allow the taxpayer to reclaim VAT as it is not input tax as defined by section 24 of the VAT Act, local authority and academy schools are enable to reclaim the VAT they incur making supplies subject to a special legal regime under section 33 (for local-authority schools) and section 33B (for academy schools).  These rules enable the schools to reclaim the VAT on the purchase of musical instruments because they use them for the provision of education.

Rules and definitions for AIPS

For the purposes of AIPS the following definitions apply:

“State education” includes the following:

  • Musical tuition at a local authority school;
  • Musical tuition at an academy;
  • Musical tuition in either a school orchestra or local authority orchestra; and
  • Musical tuition in a local music hub.
  • “Musical Instruments” includes replacement parts.

For the purchase to qualify for the AIPS, the following criteria must be met:

The instrument or item must be sold to the local authority or school and then supplied onto the pupil or their guardian;

  • The pupil must be receiving state education;
  • The instrument must be used as part of their musical tuition;
  • The instrument must be appropriate to the pupil’s needs; and
  • The price charged for the purchase of the instrument must be at or below cost.
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