Drum kits are available in many shapes and sizes. And ever since electronic drum kits hit the market in the 1980s, your options have only increased. So it’s not easy to choose a drum set as someone who doesn’t know much about drumming.
But fear not, we’ll give you plenty of advice right now.
Take Care of the Setup First
It is possible to vary the variety of pads and cymabls based on your individual drumming needs. For beginners, I recommend getting a standard kit with: 1 snare, 3 tom pads, 1 kick drum pad, 1 Hihat pad (it’s actually a pair) and 2 cymbal pads. Make sure you browse through the brands that offer these kinds of setup to decide which one you like best in terms of appearance.
Then Look At These 2 Crucial Aspects
Now, if you don’t only want to use the drum set for practicing in your basement, you’ll have to look at some mid-range drum sets. Those will sounds a little better (to impress your band mates and your audience) and they will be a little more sturdy, so you can actually carry them around to gigs and into the rehearsal room.
For this, it’s important to make sure that the hardware is robust ideally double-braced. Also, you should check the skins of the drum set and be prepared to replace them, in case they aren’t made by one the major brands (Remo, Aquarian or Evans). In the case of an electronic kit, be aware that there are rubber or mesh heads to choose from. Mesh heads have the advantage of being quieter, so they are good for practicing at home without disturbing the neighbors.
Also, make sure that the drum set is neither too small nor too large for you. When is that the case, you ask? Well, if you can sit behind the drum kit and comfortably reach all the drums and cymbals. That said, most drum sets enable you to set them up in a wide variety of ways, but there are some crucial limits to be aware of. For example, if the bass drum is too high, you won’t be able to shrink it and the toms on top of it will be hard to reach. This has to be avoided at all cost.
It’s Your Turn Now
Now, with these 3 aspects in mind setup, sturdiness and size you’re good to go and look at some drum kits. Yet, always keep in mind the most important criterion: if the kit doesn’t resonate with you on an emotional level, it can tick the boxes I’ve described here all it wants you still shouldn’t buy it.
In that case, don’t fret. Be patient and continue looking at drum kits until ones ignites that spark in you. Once it does, you’ve truly found YOUR drum set.