Some buying tips

Tip 1. Check what is included in the drum kit.  A kit will usually include the drums and the hardware.  The cymbals will often be extra,  though they are sometimes included in starter sets.

Tip 2. Does the kit come boxed for self-assembly or already built and tuned by the dealer.  Tuning a drum kit is a skill which comes with experience and a good drum store will set up the kit for you.

Tip 3. Is a height adjustable drum stool included?

Tip 4.  Check that the kit is robust.  The hardware in particular should look durable and solid.  The hardware needs to be able to deal with the vibrations and impacts by the player and over time can receive considerable wear and tear.

Tip 5. What are the cymbals made of?  Basic or cheaper entry cymbals are made of brass alloy, but bronze is better and provides a superior sound, but is dearer. The manufacture of quality cymbals is a rare art dating back thousands of years. To this day it is impossible to manufacture inexpensive cymbals that sound great. If your budget permits, always purchase the best quality cymbals you can afford. It will make a huge difference to the sound of your drum kit and you’re playing experience.

Tip 6. Check how many drums are in the set.  As mentioned above, five is standard, and most tuition books are scored for five drums.

Tip 7. Remember that some components of the drums will break or need to replaced, in particular sticks and drum heads.  Your local music store will stock the sticks you will need and they help you with replacing your drum heads.


Tip 8.  The many brands of electronic drum kit on the market can also offer a slightly different feel when played. Many feature a rubber pad or playing surface that can vary in composition and density, thus resulting in a different rebound. Some even have a mesh head or playing surface providing a super bounce and response. Always sit behind the kit you intend to purchase and make sure you are comfortable with the feel.