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Tips on Purchasing a Drumset

Buying a drumset can be trying. There are a lot of things to consider along the way.
We hope that these tips will help guide you in the right direction to finding that perfect drum set.

  • Consider brand names when purchasing a drumset. Brands tend to have better resale value. You'll pay more for a brand-name drumset but the extra money might be worth it in the long run.
  • " Try to get to know the different parts to a drumset before setting out to purchase them. The main parts are the wooden shells. A typical drumset has 5 shells. A snare drum, bass drum and 3 tom-toms (small, med & large generally). From there you have the cymbals. They rest on cymbal stands. There is a "hi-hat" stand (where two cymbals clang together, powered by a foot pedal) and a bass drum pedal. From there, you have the stool and the mounting hardware that supports the toms.
  • " Determine how much you want to spend. For younger children, we don't recommend investing more than $300 on a drumset. For young teens just starting out, we don't recommend spending more than $700. For that amount of money, you can get a lot of bang for the buck.
  • " Hold off on buying high end cymbals in the beginning. One professional cymbal can run you a couple of hundred dollars alone.
  • " Are you buying a professional, high-end drumset? Research the kits and know all the variables such as wood types (maple and birch recommended) and qualitites that go into high-end drums like plies, die-cast rims, thicker metals and so on.
  • " Ask a lot of questions. It will save you a lot of time. Sales people can help but they are often trying to sell you more than you need. Consider asking a drum teacher or a friend that you might know that plays drums.

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