Buying a new drum set, especially your first one, is always a tough decision when you are new to learning drums playing. Without even taking into account the price factor, there are bunches of other question that are often quite hard to decide.
Drum sets come in all sorts and sellers are trying to make you believe anything they say. I have compiled a list for you so that you will surely not be baffled.
There are no strict borders between different genres of music, but there are some basic assumptions that we can all make: for example, if you are going to play soft jazz then you will probably not need a 26” bass drum and line of heavy crash cymbals. You should look up what is the usual drum shell, drum head and cymbal setup for the genre you are most likely going to play and filter your possible choices accordingly.
Even if this question might seem irrelevant, it is really wise to keep it in mind. Experienced players do not really break drum sticks and they definitely do not break drum heads every other day. In most cases, you should trust a professional player who is giving away his older drum set, he probably knows how to take care of his instrument and has respect for fellow drummers, too.
However, buying a shiny new drum set from the rich kid who only played it for two weeks and got bored is also an option you should consider.
No matter who you are buying from, you should carefully check the drums. First of all, you should check the drum shells, since these are kind of irreplaceable.
Also, checking the rims and the tension rods is also very important, since these are harder to replace, too.
It is not a major concern if the drum heads are a little worn out, since you would have to replace them sooner or later – however, it is obviously an advantage if they are in good condition.
Cymbals can be quite expensive, so when you are buying a used drum set you should definitely pay attention to their quality, you do not want to replace them every other day. You should closely inspect every cymbal for dents and crashes.
Also, when you are buying a drum set, you should ask a more experienced friend of yours to accompany you. His eyes might have seen more issues regarding drums, and he may have a more professional opinion. Also, an experienced friend can come in handy when you are trying to settle on a price. Being able to estimate the value of the product more precisely means that you might get a better price and, again, you will probably not be baffled.
Nobody can choose instead of you. You should grab a pair of drum sticks and play the drum set for a few minutes. Just like in the case of magic wands, it is often the drum set that chooses the drummer, and not vice versa.
When you have found the set you are ready to play possibly for years, you will feel it. Just be sure not to be taken away by the power almost any drum set has – they are wonderful instruments and until your ear is trained enough it is easy to be mesmerized by almost any of them.
#1 – Tips on How to Choose a Good Drumset
Once you had moved past the stage of starting out on the drums and decide on getting a starter kit for yourself, another problem surfaces. How do you choose a good one that’s suitable for you and yet stays within your budget?
#2 – Choosing a Cymbal Setup That Suit Your Needs
Choosing a cymbal setup is one of the trickiest things to do because a lot of it has to do with your personal tastes and budget you have to work with. Other factors such as complementing your current setup also comes into consideration here.
#3 – Tips to Using the Cymbal Bell in Correct And Innovative Ways
One commonly overlooked part of the drumset in churning out grooves and rhythms is the use of your cymbal bell. We will explore the insights of utilizing the bell with you here.
#4 – 4 Tips to Get the Best Deals on Drums and Cymbals
I know most people have limited budgets when it comes to spending cash on kits. Here are some tips that you can use to get the biggest bang for your buck when purchasing gear and where to get them.
#5 – Drum Accessories to Make a Complete Kit
Getting a complete kit in drumming can open up new worlds of sound exploration. So what are the accessories that you would need and what do each different type of gadgets do? Find out more in this article.
#6 – What Are The Differences Between An Electric And Acoustic Drum Kit?
I frequently get asked for opinions when readers email me questions about getting an electric or acoustic drum kit. To help tackle this question, I wrote this article specifically for people looking for answers.
#7 – What Are Practice Sticks And Why You Need Them?
What exactly are practice sticks and how different are they from the ones that you actually use to play your drums? This article will address the following questions by doing a comparison between the two.
#8 – Types of Pedals Available in the Market
With a myriad of drum pedals available on the market, how do you pick the one that best suits you and your style? We are here to offer you some constructive advice and hopefully, you will walk away with a better idea.
#9 – Selecting The Best Drum Head for Tone and Sound Quality
The quality and type of drum heads that you use will directly impact the tone and sound you can get from it. If you are looking to replace any old drumheads, I strongly recommend that you do your research wisely before making a commitment.
#10 – Tips to Save Money And How to Buy a Drumset on a Budget
A very common mistake that people make when shopping for a brand new drumset is to make their purchase based on appearances and aesthetics. We show you what really matters before you start going on a spree.
#11 – Are the Roland TD-30KV and TD-30K the Best Digital Drum Kits on the Market?
Perhaps the most exciting products released at the NAMM 2012 event are the Roland TD-30KV and TD-30K drum kits. In the world of electronic drumkits, expectations are high and any new products will have some very big shoes to fill.