Drum Set Buying Guide

This section is in progress (I have a tool in mind, if anyone knows CSS and wants to help me develop it….) drumset1

In the meantime, one drum set I recommend to everyone is the  Ludwig Breakbeats by Questlove. This is a reasonably priced kit that sounds great.  It is also small, so it takes up less space and makes less noise – although you wouldn’t really know it by the sound. I own one and gig with it regularly. The small size is a great advantage for most playing situations, and makes setting up the drums easy, even for smaller humans.

If you get a drum set shell pack and need to add hardware, this hardware pack from Pacific is a great deal. If you want to spend more to get something a bit nicer, this pack from Yamaha is better quality and includes an extra cymbal stand. If you want a top quality bass drum pedal, I love the Jojo Mayer from Sonor.

For new cymbals, this cymbal pack from Meinl is the cheapest I can find as of this writing. The SBR Pack from Sabian sounds much better to my ear, and you get a ride cymbal instead of a splash for only a little more. If you are looking for something better, then you will want to visit the drum store and try them out by ear. If you don’t have time, or the knowledge, and want something very nice, then this cymbal pack of Benny Greb’s Sand Cymbals is guaranteed to be amazing.

If you are looking for a seat, this throne from Mapex is the cheapest stable throne I can find. It has a crosspin that keeps the throne fairly stable. A step up from this would be this DW spindle throne. I have one myself and it works great. I’d really recommend Roc n Soc thrones, though. They are more expensive, but will last longer and work better. If you are part of the 1 in 10 people that need a super soft seat, then try Pork Pie thrones.

Electronic drum sets fill a very useful need. Most importantly, they have a volume knob, making them ideal for many living situations. The lest expensive electronic drum set that I would recommend is the Alesis DM 6. It is not the best kit ever made, but the price is nice, and the kit will work. Please contact me if you want a specific recommendation for a nicer electronic drum set. This Roland drum set is much better quality, but it is twice the price. Mid level electronic kits generally start at 1,000. If you want an electronic kit, I always recommend building your own – at least if you like Do-It-Yourself projects. Edrum.info is one of many sources for step-by-step instructions on how to make one yourself. If you do, you can get better sounds than most commercially available drums, and if you are extremely handy, you can make them look fantastic.


I *love* this cajon. My friend Efrain Toro’s signature cajon from Gon Bops is a lovely drum with an angled face, so it is easier to play.







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