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Buying a Drumset - Guide

Tips on Buying a Drumset

Buying a Drumset can be an intimidating experience. This drumset
buying guide will offer helpful tips to steer you in the right direction and help
make puchasing a drumset an easier process.

  • When purchasing a drumset, determine whether you need a full size drumset for them to start on or simply a beginner's drum practice pad. Are they ready for a full size drumkit? Ask their drum teacher.
  • Don't buy used drums unless you or someone with you knows the ins and outs of drumsets. Otherwise you might just get taken. If you do decide to buy a used drumset, be sure to make a list of things to check: Do they have bottom heads? Are all the lugs on the drums? Are any of the bolts stripped? Are there any hairline cracks in the cymbals? Do all of the toms match with regard to serial numbers? Etc.
  • It's always good to consider buying brand name drums but keep in mind, they've really improved the overall quality of offbrand beginner drumsets nowadays. This can, in some cases, save you a couple of hundred dollars. Many times, brand names drumsets are the exact same drums from the exact same factory in China. Often, the only difference is, one has a brand name label on it, and the other does not. That said, be smart. Buy from a reputable company who will backup your purchase and offer you good customer support.
  • What size drumset should you buy? Well, if it's a beginner, stay with a standard five piece set of drums. This is the standard size and it will accomodate just about anything they need to do with regard to drum lessons or beginner-type gigs.
  • Are you looking to buy top quality drums? Go with solid maple or birch shells. These woods will give you the most consistent and pleasant tone, assuming they are tuned properly.
  • Many drumset stores push "double braced stands" as a selling point. Although it will make the cymbal stands more sturdy, they are not always necessary. Most beginner drummers don't really need double braced stands with their drumset unless they hit "extremely" hard on a continual basis.
  • Drumsets generally come in regular sizes and fusion sizes. The term "fusion" simply means that the toms are a bit smaller and deeper than regular size drums. So, for example, you would likely have a 12" inch tom as the first tom size on a standard drumset, but the first tom on a fusion set would usually be 10" or so.
  • You'll hear a lot of sales people talk up certain wood types. For a beginner drumset, don't worry as much about the wood type. It will take a beginner drummer quite awhile to an establish an ear for tone. In the beginning, it's more important for him/her to learn simple coordination to play sticking patterns around the kit.
  • What to look for in purchasing used drums in pieces or a used drumset? We recommend asking a drum teacher to help you with this purchase. If you don't know the ins and outs of drums, you could really get taken.

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