Buying Your First Drum Set

As a first time drummer, you’ll probably feel compelled to buy the most expensive, most elaborate drum set available to get started.  With out really having any idea of how to play the drums, it is best to start out with a small, four piece drums percussion instruments. It’s best to keep it simple and find beginners learning books so you are not confusing yourself with extra steps and extra drums that you will not need.

The basic four piece percussion set includes a 22 inch bass drum, 14 inch snare drum, two tom-toms, 12 inch rack tom, crash cymbal, and a Hi hat.GP Percussion GP50BL Complete Junior Drum Set (Blue, 3-Piece Set)

Anything additional and it could get confusing for the first time drummer. Once you become more advanced, you can add on pieces and try new tricks, but for now, this is the best to start off with.  You also want to make sure that you will stick with this and love your new hobby. You need to at least be sure you will commit to drumming because this hobby can become expensive.  Its okay to purchase the lower end cymbals, because you will need to beat them heavily to produce the louder sounds.  Adjusting to this as a first time drummer can be tiring and get a bit destructive. Buying a cheaper cymbal will allow you to feel as if you can be a little rough with them when you start out. The same goes for the tom toms as well.

Make sure you buy the same pieces from the same manufacturer. Its best to buy a kit because then you will not have to remember where you bought the drums from, should something happen to them. If you need repairs done, that would make it easier on you.

Some of the top names for their price, quality, durability and length of time in the business are Pearl, Yamaha and Tama.  The lesser known names for drum kits are Ayoette, DW, Gretsch, Premier, Remo Mapex, Slingerland, Ludwig and Sonor.  Off brand names are sunlite, TKO and Maxwin.

If you are going to buy used, you need to make sure the kits are in good condition before buying them.  The last thing you want is to get a used piece out the door and not be able to bring it back if there is something missing, like a tuning lung.  Most used sales are “as is” and not under very good warranties. Make sure you check everything out before you walk out of the store with the drums.  If you know a drummer who knows how to take good care of their equipment and is selling their old sets, this would be a great place to start. Not only do you know what you are getting, but you can get tips, lessons and other advice from someone you trust.