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Best drum kits 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated June 1, 2019
Best drum kits of 2018
You must have heard that the best drum kits should allow you to save money, right? Sure, but that’s not the only reason you should consider getting one. I must say I am quite a fan of drum kits, so when the question “What are the best drum kits available on the market?” came to my mind, I excitedly started gathering information together with personal experience to write this article in the hope that it may help you find the suitable drum kits. So this is not only going to give you an insight to the best drum kits of the 2018 but also those which are user friendly and easy to work with. The table below summarizes features, and below you’ll find more detailed reviews of each good.
Test Results and Ratings
Why did this drum kits win the first place?
The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse.
№2 – Roll-Up Drum Kit Portable Electronic Drum Set with Rechargeable Battery Foot Pedals Drumsticks Built in Loud Speakers
Why did this drum kits come in second place?
I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed.
№3 – Drum Kit Calculator
Why did this drum kits take third place?
This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment.
drum kits Buyer’s Guide
Permier series classic
Premier’s Series is its best kit ever. Choose Traditional (supported) or Classic (straight-sided) shells in maple or birch, or the Gen-X maplebirch sandwich. All shells are 3mm undersized for better head clearance and resonance. Beautiful finishes too.
Yamaha oak x kit
Yamaha has reacted to trends and produced a bang-up-to-the-minute kit on a small and relatively low-risk scale in the shape of the Oak X. The combination of the unique shell material and radical sizing makes for a contemporary-looking, modern sounding and highly-desirable kit.
Obsessively designed for maximum shell vibration, the Starclassic has wafer thin shells (just 5mm six-ply toms) and the badge is a stencil, not some heavy lump of metal. Even the air holes are maple, not metal. Then there’s a stupendous range of shell options encompassing no less than five different depths. Now available in Birch/Bubinga finish.
Drum Sizes and Why They Matter
When starting out, your first question is how many drums you want and how big you want them. If jazz is your thing, you probably aren’t going to need a kit with two bass drums and seven toms. Conversely, if you plan to become a metal god, you are going to want to have more than an 18” bass drum and a couple of small toms.
Most drum sets come in packs of four or five drums, with the option of adding on other drums later. For jazz, a four-piece kit with either an 18” or 20” bass drum, 10” and 14” toms and a 14” snare would work perfectly. The most common configuration, however, is a five piece kit with a 22” bass drum, 12”, 13”, and 16” toms, and a 14” snare. This setup gives the most flexibility in terms of sound and doesn’t limit the player to one or two styles of music.
If surrounding yourself with drums sounds like fun, then consider a five-piece, six-piece, or larger set, which add additional toms for a wider tonal range. These larger kits are well suited for heavy rock, fusion, contemporary, and metal styles.
Many drum sets come in two different configurations, Standard or Fusion. The drum diameters distinguish each configuration. Fusion drum sets typically feature 10″ and 12″ mounted toms, a 14″ floor tom (suspended or standing) and usually a 22″ bass drum. Standard-sized kits feature 12″ and 13″ mounted toms, a 16″ floor tom, and 22″ bass drum. The benefit of the smaller diameters of the Fusion set is their punchy tone and articulate sound. The benefit of the Standard size set is that the larger toms produce more volume and bigger tone. Choosing the best set is a subjective process with benefits to each configuration.
The double bass drum set was pioneered by the great jazz players and popularized by rock drummers. The double bass set allows you to play very fast patterns with power and has a striking visual appearance.
A complete drum set will usually contain all the hardware you need. If you already have the hardware, buying a shell pack can save you money. A shell pack consists of the drums themselves with no additional hardware except the rims and tom mounts. If you already have a drum set but want to expand it, an add-on pack can be a good way to go since their cost is often less than buying the add-on drums singly.
If you’re shopping for a beginning drummer, a beginner drum set can make a lot of sense. These affordable drum kits usually include all the drums, cymbals, stands, and other hardware needed to start playing right out of the box.
When shopping for children, a junior drum set makes an affordable purchase. These specially scaled drum kits are sized for kids and include the entire outfit to launch a budding drummer’s career. Unlike the toy-store variety, these junior drum kits are built solidly and offer the sound and feel of full-sized drums.
While there are drum sets that work for a variety of styles, in general it’s a good idea to choose a drum set that fits the style of music you play. Is Slipknot’s Joey Jordison your drumming idol, or is Steve Gadd more your style? A rule of thumb is that kits with fewer and smaller drums are a good fit for jazz, traditional blues, and other primarily acoustic forms of music, while drum sets with larger drums are better for rock, metal, and other more amplified styles.
Drum Woods and Construction
Another element that you should consider is the kind of wood used in the making of your drums. Many kinds of woods are used for drum building, and all have unique sound qualities.
Drum shells are made of several plies, or layers of wood. In general, drums with more plies have a brighter sound and higher fundamental note. Drums made with fewer plies usually are fatter and warmer with a lower fundamental note.
The angle at which a drum shell’s bearing edge is cut makes a difference in the sound quality. A sharper bearing edge angle gives a brighter sound with more cut, while a more rounded bearing edge gives a softer, mellower sound.
Drums come with a variety of finishes. Covered finishes are an inexpensive treatment consisting of vinyl wraps with a great variety of patterns and looks to choose from. Covered finishes provide great durability and resist scratches and nicks better than a natural finish. Transparent lacquer finishes enhance the woodgrain for a beautiful natural look.
Drums alone do not a drum set make—hardware is another crucial component that makes up a complete kit. Unless you are purchasing a shell pack, a drum set will come with the hardware necessary to assemble and play it. Essential drum hardware includes the bass drum pedal, snare stand, hi-hat stand, and one or more cymbal stands. Keep in mind that though a complete drum set will include enough hardware to get you playing, the hardware that’s included varies from set to set.
A money-saving hardware pack is a great solution for budget-strapped drummers. These are bundled collections of stands, pedals, and thrones that save you money over the cost of separately purchased drum hardware.
We’ll next look at the most important drum set hardware components.
Bass Drum Pedals
Nowadays, there is an astounding selection of bass drum pedals to choose from. They range from simple, inexpensive single-pedal models to the sophisticated double pedals favored by rock, metal, and fusion drummers. You’ll find pedals with double beaters for use with single bass drums, double pedals with single beaters intended for dual bass drum kits, and dozens of other configurations. Reading reviews by pro drummers as well as the many customer-written reviews on the Musician’s Friend website will help you hone in on the pedal that best matches your budget and music.
Most drum sets do not include a drum throne. It’s not advisable to use anything other than a drum throne to sit on, as thrones allow height adjustment, are compact, disassemble for easy transport, and include padding to make for a comfortable playing experience. A well designed drum stool can help you play better thanks to its superior ergonomics.
Drum and Cymbal Stands and Racks
There is a stand to mount virtually any drum, percussion instrument, or cymbal known to man. Choosing the best drum, percussion, or cymbal stand comes down to your drum kit’s configuration, components and your budget.
Some modern drum sets offer an alternative to mounting drums and cymbals on stands, employing a frame-like structure called a drum rack. Racks can also be purchased separately and offer a compact way to mount multiple toms and cymbals using the least floor space. Musician’s Friend sells hundreds of different drum and cymbal stands and racks to match up with virtually any drum kit setup and budget.
Cymbals are an essential component of any drum set. Most drum sets come without cymbals, so you’ll want to find cymbals that fit the music you like to play and the set that you’ve chosen. Different kinds of cymbals are made to fill various roles within the drum set. The main types of cymbals are ride cymbals, crash cymbals, and hi-hat cymbals. Splash and China cymbals have also become very popular in the last few decades. A wide variety of effects cymbals are available to provide drummers with a multitude of sounds, colors, and shapes to choose from.
Sheet cymbals are cut from large sheets of metal of uniform thickness and composition. Sheet cymbals have a very uniform sound from cymbal to cymbal within the same model, and are generally less expensive than cast cymbals.
Cymbal sounds are a very individual preference. Many jazz players favor darker, more complex cymbal sounds, while rock drummers generally lean toward a brighter, louder sound that cuts through the mix. While a few traditional cymbal-manufacturing giants continue to dominate the market, there’s an expanding universe of options to choose from.
The snare drum’s crisp, snappy voice cuts through any mix, keeping the groove moving, adding accents, and interacting with the soloists. This drum’s distinctive sound comes from the metal wires, or snares, that are held in place against the thin bottom head of the drum with a device called a strainer that’s mounted on the shell. The snares can be released for a high tom or timbale-like sound.
Snare drums are traditionally made of either metal or wood. Metal snare drums, made of steel, brass, aluminum, and other alloys, offer an exceptionally bright, cutting tone. Many drummers prefer the warmer, mellower sound that a wood snare offers. Snare drums are generally 14″ in diameter and range in depth from 3-1/2″ to 8″. That said, today there are a huge number of specialty snare drum sizes and materials available.
Many drummers buy additional snare drums to use in special situations. Piccolo, soprano, and sopranino snare drums are specialty snares that are progressively smaller-sized and higher-pitched than a standard snare drum. The popcorn snare is a 6″ x 10″ specialty snare drum with popping, high-pitched tone. These specialty snare drums are used by drummers who play modern electronica styles such as drum ‘n’ bass, trance, and jungle that require a higher-pitched snare sound.
An electronic drum set (occasionally referred to as electric drums) has some unique advantages. You can plug in headphones for nearly silent practice. In the recording studio, you can run a signal directly from the electronic drum module to the mixing board, making it easier and faster to get a good drum sound.
Keep in mind that an electronic drum set requires connection to a sound system to produce an audible sound unless you’re using headphones exclusively. You will also need an electronic drum kit monitor speaker and amplifier so that you can hear yourself onstage if you perform with a band.
Drum Sticks and Brushes
Drum sticks come in as many sizes and shades as the players who use them, and drummers often use different sticks for different styles of music. In general, heavier sticks such as 2Bs are favored for rock and R&B styles where more volume is needed. Lighter sticks like 7As tend to be favored for jazz, folk, acoustic, and other styles that require less volume. Experimentation is the key here, so try out a lot of different sticks to find the types that are right for you. Many drummers like using heavier sticks for practicing than for gigging in order to develop strength and stamina.
The numbers used in drum stick manufacturing, such as 5A, 5B, 2B, 3S, and 7A, come from the earliest days of drum stick manufacturing, when a number and letter were assigned based on the stick’s size and application. The numerical part signifies the circumference of the stick. In general, the lower the number, the larger the circumference and the higher the number, the smaller the circumference. For example, a 7A stick is smaller in circumference than a 5A which in turn is narrower than the 2B. An exception is the 3S, which has a larger circumference than a 2B despite the number.
As for the letter designations, “S” stands for “street,” as these large sticks were designed for street applications such as marching band. “B” sticks were intended for “band” applications like symphonic and brass bands. 2Bs continue to be recommended by drum teachers as ideal starter sticks. “A” refers to orchestral drum sticks, which are smaller in circumference than “B” series sticks and continue to be very popular with rock and jazz players. Why does “A” stand for orchestral? Reportedly this convention reflects the preference of William F. Ludwig of the Ludwig drum company, who simply felt it printed better.
Stick tips come in a choice of wood or nylon. Wood tips have a softer, warmer sound, while nylon tips offer increased durability and brilliant, focused cymbal sound.
Lately a profusion of bundled sticks or “rods” have become available, marketed under a variety of names. They all consist of rods or dowels of various thicknesses bundled together for a sound that’s somewhere between sticks and brushes. Bundled sticks are ideal for low-volume playing and practice.
Drum Accessories and Practice Tools
Apart from obvious things like drum sticks and mallets, there are dozens of other products designed to transport, adjust, maintain, repair, and customize your drum kit as well as tools to help you become a better drummer. At Musician’s Friend we offer an unrivaled selection of drum accessories including drum care and cleaning tools, drum keys and tuning tools, drum cases, covers, and gig bags; and drum replacement parts.
By now you should have a pretty good idea of the important things to look for when considering a new acoustic or electronic drum set. Keep in mind that the thousands of customer-written product reviews from fellow musicians you’ll find on Musician’s Friend’s website can be invaluable in helping whittle down the possibilities.
We want you to be pleased with your drum kit, cymbal, or drum accessory purchase, and offer a generous return policy so you can order with confidence.
Drum Set Glossary
Bass drum » Large drum played with a footpedal. Sometimes referred to as the “kick drum” or “kick.” The bass drum is used to anchor the bottom of the music mix and interacts with the bass to build the music’s foundation.
Bass drum pedal » The pedal that you step on to play the bass drum. Uses a lever and tensioning springs.
Bass drum beater » The metal shaft that fits into the bass drum pedal, with a head that is made of felt, wood, or other material.
Bass pedal spring » The spring that pulls the pedal back after the pedal is depressed.
Bass drum spurs » Short metal legs that attach to the bass drum to prevent it from moving.
Batter head » A drum head that you hit, on the top side of the drum.
Bearing edge » The edge of the drum shell where it contacts the drum head.
Bell » The round, raised part in the center of the cymbal. Used for creating accents and variations in cymbal sound.
China cymbal » Special-effect cymbal of Chinese origin. Usually mounted in an inverted position on the stand. Has a trashy, dark, white noise sound.
Claw hooks » The hooks that hold the bass drum hoop, or rim, in place.
Crash cymbal » Cymbal with strong attack and fast decay used to create accents and crescendos.
Cymbal sleeve » A plastic or rubber sleeve that prevents the cymbal from contacting the metal rod at the top of the cymbal stand. Prevents cymbal damage and undesirable metal-on-metal sound.
Cymbal stand (straight and/or boom type) » Holds the cymbals. Boom stands have a movable arm, or boom, that extends from the stand at an angle, allowing you greater flexibility in placing your cymbals.
Double Bass Pedal » Bass drum pedal with two beaters and two footboards. Used in modern rock and fusion styles. Allows the drummer to play a single bass drum with two beaters for a double bass drum effect.
Drum module » An electronic controller used to generate sampled and synthesized drum sounds.
Drum rack » Used in some modern drum sets to mount multiple tom drums and cymbals as opposed to individual stands.
Drum throne » A padded, height-adjustable, armless seat for drummers.
Dry sound » Drum sound that has little or no ambience or effects.
Floor tom » The largest tom in a drum set, usually 14″ to 18″ in diameter. They usually have detachable metal legs for free-standing use or can be suspended from a tom or cymbal stand.
Footboard » The part of the bass pedal or hi-hat pedal that is pressed with the foot.
Fundamental note » The tuning at which a drum produces its most open and resonant tone. Determined to a large degree by the drumshell design.
Hi-hat stand » The stand that is used to mount and play a pair of hi-hat cymbals. An integrated footpedal is pushed down to close the hi-hats and raised to open them.
Hi-hat clamp (or clutch) » The part of the hi-hat stand that holds the top hi-hat cymbal.
Isolation mounts » Tom mounts that allow the tom to vibrate freely by isolating it from the tom holder.
Mounted toms » Toms that provide various voices and timbres within the set, most often used in playing fills and solos. Mounted toms generally range from 6″ to 14″ in diameter, and commonly mount on the shell of the bass drum.
Piccolo snare » A high-pitched specialty snare drum, usually with a 3-1/2″ depth.
Ride area » The large, slightly curved area of a ride cymbal that offers a balanced, consistent tone with good definition.
Ride cymbal » A cymbal with sharp attack, fast decay, and clear stick definition. Generally 20″ or 22″ in size, ride cymbals create a continuous “riding” pattern and are often used for accompanying instrumental solos.
Resonant head » The bottom head used on toms, snares, and on the front of bass drums.
Rim » The metal rim that holds the drum head in place and can be tensioned for tuning.
Shell » The actual drum cylinder. Usually made of wood.
Shell pack » A set of drums sold with minimal hardware usually including only the rims and tom holder.
Snare drum » Drum with a metal or wood shell and bright, cutting tone. Has a characteristic buzzing sound created by the sound of the snares on the bottom head.
Snares » Coiled metal strands that vibrate against the bottom (snare-side) head of a snare drum.
Snare side head » Thin head attached to the bottom of a snare drum.
Snare stand » Stand with an adjustable basket that holds the snare drum.
Snare strainer (or throw-off) » The device that holds the metal snares against the bottom snare side head. It has a lever that allows you to tighten or release the snares.
Soprano snare » Small specialty snare drum, usually with a 12″ diameter.
Splash cymbals » Small, thin crash cymbals with a quick decay.
Tension rods » The rods that are used in conjunction with the lug nuts to tune a drum.
Tom » Drums of varying size that are typically mounted on the bass drum with a tom holder. Toms may also be mounted on a drum rack, and are referred to as suspended or hanging toms. Toms larger than 16″ are usually mounted on legs, in which case the drum is called a floor tom.
Tom holder » Mounting hardware that holds one or more toms on the bass drum shell.
Washer » A metal disk that fits between the head of the tensioning rod and the rim.
Electronic drums are a great option because of their compact size and compact sound – You can turn them down! This makes them very attractive to parents and people living in close proximity to neighbours.
They also sound great on every hit. Electronic drums work by triggering a prerecorded or electronic sample which means you don’t need to know how to be abe to tune a drum or to know how to hit correctly. This makes it more enjoyable to play in some respects because it sounds so good.
The flip side of this coin is that when you move to acoustic drums it will never sound as good. The reason being that you won’t have developed the skill and techniques required to play with dynamics and make a drum sing.
NuX DMIncludes onboard drum lessons for developing your coordination and technique.
This is something that all drummer will need, all the time. How hard you hit and the technique you use will determine how quickly you’ll burn through your sticks. If you hit hard then there’s nothing you can do but keep well stocked. If you’re not a hard hitter and are still breaking sticks regularly, you may be hitting the cymbals on the edge or hitting the drum with too much rim shot.
Artist DSM5AN 1Pack of Maple 5A Drum Sticks
The tip can be made from nylon or wood. Nylon tips are slightly more bounce and have more of a sharper “ping” on the cymbals compared with wood tips. These are also a matter of personal preference.
One of the joys of playing drums is building your kit and collecting parts. It’s easy to switch over a crash cymbal or snare drum to suit a different style of music. Once you buy a basic acoustic drum kit you can replace each part one by one with better gear and your kit wil morph into something more specific to your taste.
A snare drum provides the back beat to the music and is often the loudest part of the kit. Being the most prominent part you want it to sound good! There are a wide variety of sizes and materials to choose from. Drummers will often have 3-or more snare drums in the aresenal. A snare drum sound can change the whole sound of a sound.
Artist BRPK Bright Rock Cymbal Pack
If you’re not sure what cymbal best suits you, then check out our Cymbal Buying Guide.
Artist BP500 Single Kick Pedal
Another popular upgrade is to change your bass drum pedal (or kick pedal). Upgrading to a more solid, stable and responsive kick pedal will really improve your playing once you’ve been playing for a while. When you’re just starting you probably won’t notice much of a difference until you build up the muscle in your legs and become more sensitive to the tension and response of the pedal.
A pedal with a solid floor plate will give you a much greater transfer of energy from your foot to the beater. The more rigid the pedal, the less energy is lost so you’ll find more power and play with greater feel.
If you’re into harder, faster music, or looking to improve your foot technique you might consider upgrading to a double bass drum pedal (double kick pedal). This lets you play with feet on the same drum. The left foot pedal is connected to the bass drum beater by an adjustable shaft.
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Most electronic kits don’t include a few of the essentials you need so make sure to leave room in your budget for any of the following items that you don’t already have…
Drum Sticks: these come in different weights with 5A being the most popular – you can get these at Sweetwater.
Drum Throne: This is what a drummer’s stool is called – they are much better than regular chairs and you can find the highest rated ones in our Drum Throne Guide.
Headphones or Amplifier: Most electronic drum kits don’t provide sound on their own, instead you have to plug your drum’s brain or sound module into headphones or an amplifier. To practice quietly (and not annoy the neighbors) get yourself a set of closed-back headphones – see our guide here. If you’re going to play with other musicians, or if you just want to be loud, then you’ll need an amplifier. There are a range of different amps that are good for drums – see our guide to Drum Amps and for further information read Things To Consider When Buying An Amplifier For Electronic Drums.
If you want to use it as a MIDI controller or to record drums directly your computer then you’ll need one that sends out MIDI, which in this price range will usually be MIDI over USB.
A couple of people said that some of the cymbal sounds were quieter than they would have liked in the pre-set kits. Because it only has a dual zone snare and single zone toms. anyone who develops their chops and gets serious will eventually out-grow this kit and want to graduate to higher-end options like these, but it’s still a great place to start without spending too much money if you’re not yet sure if you’ll get really serious about drumming.
This is very popular as a starter kit and as a present for children starting out with drums. There were also experienced drummers who reported having a lot of fun with this kit as well.
The Alesis Nitro Kit is at the top of many best seller lists at major retailers – if you’re looking for your first electronic drum kit and aren’t sure quite where to begin then I strongly recommend buying this one.
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This drum kit includes cymbals, but as I said earlier, these are the type to stay away from. Instead I opted to buy this pstcymbal pack by Pastie to replace these. When I was starting out as a drummer this was the exact cymbal pack I played, and I still use these hi-hats on my students kit when I teach drum lessons.
This is the biggest element of the drum. It is played with the foot by pressing the bass pedal. The standard kit has one pedal, although some drummers (usually in metal genres) are using two pedals, and it is called “double bass pedal”. Its main characteristic is that it produces a very low tone.
These elements are similar to the bass drum but just smaller. They are usually located above the share. The standard drum kit contains three toms; however, there can be two or even one. The smallest tom is located on the left side, the medium on its right side, and the biggest is called “floor tom” or just “floor” because it has three legs (so it is touching the floor, unlike the other two toms) and is located on the right side of the drummer.
There are different ways to hold your sticks. It mostly depends on the music genre that you are into. There are two basic ways: Matched grips and Traditional grip.
French grip : The sticks should be located between your thumb and your index finger.
German grip: Unlike the French, while using German grip your palms should be located from the side, rather than above the stick.
The main characteristic of the traditional grip is that you should hold your sticks in different ways. With your right hand, you should hold your stick in American style and with your left hand just like it is represented in the picture on the right. These techniques are mostly used by jazz players, so you probably shouldn’t start with this one, but rather try to master it once you learn a few of matched grips.
Now, no matter what style you chose, you have to remember two things. First of all, you should never hold the sticks at the very end, but rather let approximately two or three centimeters of it out of your hand. This way you will gain more control and will be able to play more naturally. Besides this, you shouldn’t hold your sticks too tight. If you do so, not only that you will probably fell pain in your wrists and palms very fast, but you will also have troubles with keeping your beats sound smooth.
Of course, this can also be represented as 8/or 16/1time signature; it is the same thing, just twice as many bets. There are more beats but they are also played faster. All of these time signatures are called even rhythms.
L R L L R R
Don’t let this 6/time signature scare you; it is still an even rhythm. It’s the same thing like 4/just with two additional beats. This is so far the most complex pattern, so don’t worry if you can’t master it right away. Be patient and slow down as much as you need in order to play it properly, and then, gradually, speed up the tempo.
Songs for Practicing
When you learn all of these patterns and feel comfortable playing them, you have almost learned to play drums. The other very important thing that you should practice is listening to songs, i.e. the drums in it, and to try to repeat it. We will mention a few songs that are relatively easy to play and can serve as a great training.
This is one of the simpler songs there is. It starts with the bass and then the snare and hi-hat are added. This is a great song for the beginners.
This song has a very catchy drum part at the beginning. It goes B B S three times and the fourth one has an open hi-hat at the end B B S Ho. The rest of the song isn’t so simple, so you can either practice just this part, or you can play the whole song but in a simpler way. Just try to follow the tempo.
Getting the best drum practice pad for your needs can be an extremely important thing. Whilst it can be fun to just get onto a drum set and just start beating away, there is far more to drumming than a beginner would recognize. Investing in a good drum practice pad is great for learning the difference between different notes.
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The average drum set usually has three different drum types which include the bass drum, snare drum, and tom-toms. When choosing a drum set, you’ll need to decide how many of each drum type you want to have in your kit. Most drummers have at least a bass drum, snare drum, and two to three tom-toms. Larger kits usually have more toms, for example, a piece kit may have toms.
The depths of these drums vary greatly but most are two to four inches shallower than the diameter. For example, a common tom-tom size is 1by inches (1inches diameter and inches in depth).
A drumhead is a round piece of plastic or calfskin stretched across the top or bottom of the shell. When struck with a drum stick, the resulting vibrations create sound. The head struck with a stick is called the batter head and the bottom head is called the resonant head.
Mounting hardware attaches the rack toms to the bass drum or tom stand. While there are several different designs for mounting hardware, the best mounting options don’t actually pierce the shell of the drum.
Floor Tom Legs
Most floor toms have three metal legs to keep the drum upright. These can be adjusted for different height options.
These are small metal poles which attach to the bottom of the bass drum and prevent it from rolling or moving around.
Electronic drum kits are particularly recommended for beginners because it is muted compared to an acoustic drum kit. By playing with an electric drum kit, a novice drummer will not have to worry about disturbing the rest of the family or the entire neighborhood.
This five-piece electronic drum set from Alesis is highly recommended for drummers who are still learning the tricks of the trade. For starters, it has everything they need to start drumming. It includes kick, snare, tom, cymbals, a hi-hat pad, hi-hat controller, kick pedal, and even a pair of drumsticks. Simply, the kit is ready to use or play after taking it out of the box.
It can also let users interface with their computer through USB, so they can include MIDI or any other recording that they may have been on any recording software.
The price may be prohibitive to some, but for most drummers who are serious to hone their skills, it is very reasonable.
Yamaha is known as one of the premier brands when it comes to drums. Many drum enthusiasts may think that it is impossible to find a standard drum set with the Yamaha logo on it, but this unit dispels that notion.
One of the first things you’ll notice the moment this group arrives in your house is how well built the drums are. The hardware quality is very impressive, and it certainly doesn’t look like a sub product. The wood shells are well constructed, while the outer shell wraps are tight. Even the metal hoops and heavy duty ball-socket tom mounts are well built that you wouldn’t think that this is a starter kit.
However, you might need some help in tuning this instrument. The snare throw is made of plastic, which isn’t the most durable material. Other than those obvious drawbacks this five-piece drum kit should be good enough for novice players who just want to improve their skills.
This is another excellent entry level kit for drummers who want to hone their skills. Its drum shells are made from high-quality, 9-ply mahogany and finished in a classy, durable and impressive high-gloss covering. Then Pearl adds a Zildjian cymbal set (an 18-inch crash ride, a couple of 13-inch hi-hats with a free 14-inch crash) to complete the deal and make this set highly recommended for novice drummers.
There’s also a Sound Percussion hardware pack as a bonus which includes a chain-drive bass pedal, a snare drum stand, a hi-hat stand, and a boom cymbal stand. The snare drum stand, hi-hat stand, and cymbal stand are all double braced for durability and toughness.
The price is very reasonable little high Price, and because it is from Pearl, you can be assured of the quality. Overall, this is a pretty good deal for any novice drummer.
There are several good reasons why this is highly recommended to greenhorn drummers.
The drum set may be priced like a toy, but it doesn’t look and sound one. Even intermediate to experienced drummers will be surprised at how the drum set sound likes.
The tom and bass drums boast of lower fundamentals partly due to the basswood from which the shells are made of. The 4degree, rounded edges limit attack and facilitate a low pitch sound. The tuning range is also impressive, while the floor tom is very easy to dial in. The rack tunes down well, while the bass drum is very responsive.
Tama Superstar Classic 7-Piece Shell Pack
The Superstar Classic has been highly esteemed among drummers for its superior build quality, good design, and bright projection.
Intermediate drummers won’t be intimidated by this beast, which comes in three configurations. There’s one that consists of inch, and 1inch mounted toms, a 1by 14-inch floor tom, a 1inch by the 5.5-inch snare, and a 20 inch by the 18-inch bass drum. There’s also another configuration wherein the bass drum is bigger (2x 1inch), and the floor tom measures 1by 1inches. And the third configuration features an inch by 7-inch mounted tom.
Whatever configuration an intermediate drummer decides to get, he’ll be assured of the build and design quality. Take for instance the mounted toms that make use of a black Star-Cast mounting system which suspends the drum from the angled frame. The mounting system allows the Tom to be the ring without any obstruction coming from the shell-dampening mounting hardware. There’s also Tama’s Omni-ball design for quick and accurate positioning of the Tom.
Regarding sound, the bass drum churns out deep and punchy tones. It has everything an intermediate drummer would want from a rock bass drum. The snare drum is also pretty impressive with outstanding rim clicks thanks to its die-cast hoops. The toms have defined pitches. The floor tom has clear low ends.
Mapex Horizon Fast Pack
As the name of this drum set indicates, it is an idea for working drummers who want to have an easy to load and transport drum kit. It’s not only easy to load in and out, but also great sounding.
The drum shells are blended with birch and basswood, delivering the type of tone and dynamic range that many intermediate to professional drummers want. This five-piece drum set includes a kick drum measuring 20 x 1inches; two mounted toms measuring eight xinches and x inches, a floor tom measuring 1x 1inches, and a snare drum measuring 1x inches.
The drum sizes were designed not only to provide the deep tones but to make the set up of the drum kit quick and easy. Because the drum shells are made of birch, you can be assured of good tonal qualities from this drum kit, with peaks in the highs and lows.
Other Things to Consider
Just like in buying any musical instrument, you should set a budget before starting to shop. For an intermediate player, you should be ready to part with a thousand bucks. Setting a budget lower than that may take you to longer to find the right drum set due to the limited selection.
All acoustic drums, cymbals and percussion instruments found in the drum brain begin with digital recordings (samples) of various instruments that are captured in professional recording studios. The samples are recorded at different dynamic levels (soft to hard) and on different places on the instrument (edge, center, etc.). The drum instruments range from vintage to modern, with different shell materials, diameters and depths. The same attention is given to the cymbal sounds to capture the nuances of each individual cymbal. With Roland’s proprietary sound editing technology, the sounds are broken down into partials or segments where the individual characteristics of each instrument is maintained even with editing (shell depth, head type, strainer tension, muffling, cymbal diameter, etc.). For example, if you tune the pitch of a snare drum up or down, even to extreme levels, the snare buzz is maintained without being effected by pitch. With many conventional sampled sounds, the pitch or other nuance of the entire instrument would change unnaturally. With Roland’s V-Edit system even a modest change in the sound results in a natural sounding and instrument.
SPD-SX Sampling Pad, OCTAPAD SPD-30 Percussion Pad, HPD-20 all of these unique multi pad percussion instruments have found there way into acoustic drum and percussion rigs and also include trigger inputs for even more versatility.
Components of Drums and Other Hardware
Shell: The shell of the drum plays a significant role in the resulting sound that is produced. Shells can be made from wood (e.g. mahogany, maple, birch, walnut, beech, cherry, bubinga, poplar, ash), metals (e.g. brass, aluminum, copper, titanium, bronze, steel), or a wide range of synthetic materials (e.g. carbon fiber, fiberglass, acrylic, plastics). Many bass drums and toms are constructed with wooden (e.g. plywood, stave, steam-bent, solid, segment) or metal (e.g. spun, cast) shells in different ways, all of which have influence over the resulting sound produced by the drum.
Drumhead: The drumhead (typically made of calfskin or various plastics) is stretched across the bottom and top of the shell, and are responsible for containing and releasing pressure when struck by a drum stick. The vibrations result in the sound that is produced. The drumhead struck by the drumstick is referred to as the batter head, while the resonant head is located on the bottom. Both the batter and the resonant drumhead play equally important roles in the production of sound.
Tension Bolts and Lugs: The tension bolts screw directly into the metal lugs that are attached to the shell. A drum key is used to tighten or loosen the bolts, resulting in increased or decreased tension of the drumhead, which has an affect on how high or low the pitch of the drum will sound when struck.
Cymbals: Beginner drum sets typically include various basic cymbals (e.g. high-hats, crash cymbal, ride cymbal), though mid-range and higher-end drum sets do not include any cymbals at all and must be purchased separately. Cymbals may be used in pairs (ex: pair of high-hat cymbals), or individually. They are usually round in shape, and composed of various types of alloy. Cymbals are often used in jazz bands, heavy metal and rock groups, marching groups, along with percussion and orchestra ensembles. Some forgo the drums completely and strictly play the cymbals – these individuals are known as cymbalists. For the purpose of this guide, cymbals are to be used in conjunction with a set of drums.
Cymbal Stands: Similarly to tom-tom stands, a cymbal stand provides a stable means of mounting and support for cymbals. Most drum kits designed for beginners include cymbal stands (e.g. high-hat stand, boom cymbal stand, straight cymbal stand) along with any basic included cymbals.
Mounting Hardware: The mounting hardware is needed to attach rack toms to the top of the bass drum, or an additional tom stand. There is a wide range of techniques that can be used to mount, and so mounting hardware varies in design. The best mounting hardware does not require any drilling or piercing of the shell on the drum, as this can negatively affect the drum’s overall performance, and may complicate things if you ever try to transfer it to another drum set. Some modern types of mounting hardware are designed to attach directly to the rim and may even suspend the drum for a higher-quality sound. Typically, one or two poles are used to attach rack toms to the bass drum or a tom stand. The larger the drum is, and the greater amount of stability required determines the number of support poles that are needed.
Floor Tom Legs: Most freestanding toms are equipped with three metal support structures (legs) that are in direct contact with the ground. These are usually capable of height and angle adjustment based on personal preference and the height of the drummer.
Snare Drum Stand: The snare drum stand, as you probably guessed, is used to provide a means of support and stability (and proper elevation) for the snare drum. Typically, it has three legs (sometimes more), a center post, snare basket, and some sort of tilter hardware (for angle adjustments).
Bass Drum Pedal: The bass drum pedal can be pressed by the foot, which then strikes the head of the bass drum. You purchase single or dual bass pedals based on your goals. These can be mounted to the bass drum itself, or may be simply placed under it – in many cases the weight of the bass drum is enough to keep it in place.
Bass Drum Spurs: Similarly to floor tom legs, the bass drum spurs are support structures (often made of metal) that make direct contact with the ground to prevent movement or rolling of the bass drum.
Drum Throne: The drum throne is really just a glorified name for the stool that the drummer sits on while playing. These come in all shapes and sizes, and vary widely when it comes to build quality, and the overall comfort of the stool.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your drum kits wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of drum kits
- №1 — Rise by Sawtooth Full Size Student Drum Set with Hardware and Cymbals
- №2 — Roll-Up Drum Kit Portable Electronic Drum Set with Rechargeable Battery Foot Pedals Drumsticks Built in Loud Speakers
- №3 — Drum Kit Calculator