Deprecated: mysql_connect(): The mysql extension is deprecated and will be removed in the future: use mysqli or PDO instead in /home/a26f9f83/public_html/articles/includes/config.php on line 159
Shopping For Your First Drum Set > NetSparsh - Viral Content you Love & Share

Shopping For Your First Drum Set

Your first drum set purchase is very exciting! You have probably waited a long time to buy your first drumset and have thought a lot about it. Even though it is exciting, it is important to be patient and do your research before you buy a drum set.

Where Do I Begin?

If you are new to drumming it can be pretty overwhelming and confusing when you start looking for a drum kit. The first thing that you need to know is that if you are just starting out, you should buy a starter drum kit. These drum sets are designed with the beginner drummer in mind because they come supplied with all of the drums that you will need to get up and running.

What Comes In A Drum Kit?

The typical starter drum kit comes with all of the drums that you will need to get started. The drums in the kit include:

* A bass drum
* A snare drum
* A floor tom
* Two mounted tom toms

You will notice that there are no cymbals included in the starter drum kit. That is generally because drum manufacturers do not usually make cymbals and vice versa. However you will want cymbals with your drum set as well, and you can also purchase a cymbal kit as well, which is usually called a pre-pack.

What Type Of Cymbals Do I Need?

When you are looking for cymbals, a good set to get you started will include a 20" ride cymbal, a 16" crash cymbal and a pair of 14" high hat cymbals. This is a good set to get you started and should serve you well.

If you are just starting out drumming you can buy a combination crash /ride cymbal and combine the two cymbals into one piece of equipment. This will help you save a little bit of money at the beginning of your drumming career, however as your drumming skills advance you will want to purchase a separate ride cymbal later on.

You will want to purchase your cymbals from a reputable cymbal manufacturer, and some good manufactures that put out some pretty good pre packs are: Zildjian, Sabian and Paiste.

What Else Will I Need?

Be sure to check out the drumkit that you are purchasing to see if it includes the hardware or if you have to purchase the hardware separately. Hardware is the term that is used to describe the stands, the pedals and the "throne" or drum seat that you will need.

When you are looking for a pedal you may want to consider investing in a medium to professional quality bass drum pedal. This pedal may cost a little bit more initially, however it will save you money in the long run as it will out perform and out last more basic, beginner pedals.

Many beginning drummers think that they can save a little bit of money by not purchasing a proper "throne" or drumming chair for their new drum set. However, even a bargain basement throne is a better choice than a kitchen chair or other stool that you have around your house. You need the proper seat to support you and absorb the impact of the drumming.

Can I Buy Used Drum Sets?

You can buy a used drum set and get a good set for a reasonable price. There are a few things that you should be cautious about when you are looking at used drum kits however.

Be sure to check for quality very carefully, check that the drum plastic is firmly attached to the shell of the drum and is not lifting anywhere. Be sure to check for the plastic lifting around the bearing edges and be sure that there are no air pockets anywhere.

It is also important to be sure that there is no chipping at all along the bearing edge. The bearing edge is where the drum head comes into contact with the drum shell. It is important that this is level as well.

Also be sure to check all of the hardware to make sure that none of the rims are bent and the brackets are all able to hold the drums securely. Do not be afraid to pull on the drums and twist them a little bit. You need to be sure that the used drum set will be able to stand up to your drumming.

What Can I Expect To Pay?

When you are shopping for drum sets you should be aware that the prices will range according the region that you are living in. However you can expect to pay anywhere between $400 to $1000 for an entry level drum set. A used drum set may cost anywhere between $200 to $800.

What Brand Should I Get?

You are probably going to want to choose a drum kit that is made from a reputable manufacturer. There are a few really well known makers of drums and it is best to stick with them. They include:

* Yamaha
* Pearl
* Ludwig
* Tama
* Gretsch
* Sonar
* Mapex

Bottom Line

The bottom line is that you should take your time when you are looking at buying your first drum set. Shop around a few different stores and find a dealer that you are comfortable with. It is best to find a store that has knowledgeable sales people who will be able to help you now, and in the future.

© 2005 http://www.drum-sets-now.com

About the Author
Kevin Brown is successful author and publisher of many informative websites including http://www.drum-sets-now.com. His websites offer tips and advice on a wide array of topics including drum sets, electronic drums, and other percussion instruments.

In The News:

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

Forbes

Why This Music Industry Expert Predicts A New York Renaissance
Forbes
Start spreading the news... From pop producers to indie rock bands, it seems like everyone in the music industry has been moving to L.A. or Nashville. In fact, it's been difficult to find anyone at all willing to defend staying in the Big Apple ...


GazetteNET

Lyra Music Festival and Workshop fosters young talent
GazetteNET
The Lyra Music Festival and Workshop is a three-week program in July for young music students. Based on the Smith College campus, the program provides an intimate community in which young musicians study music, form friendships with other dedicated ...


Slate Magazine

A Beginner's Guide to the Music of Sorry to Bother You Director Boots Riley
Slate Magazine
Although the group's output has been infrequent since its 1993 debut, Kill My Landlord—with Riley often taking time off to work various jobs, get involved with protest movements, or participate in other musical collaborations—its six albums make a ...

and more »

Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3

Festival featuring new music returns for third year
Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3
MADISON, Wis. - The Madison New Music Festival is coming back for its third year, bringing fresh, new music created by some of the world's leading living composers and individuals from Wisconsin. According to a release, the weekend-long concert series ...


Carroll County Times

McDaniel Summer Music Camp a chance to grow, express selves through song
Carroll County Times
A mash of students from different schools all sat on the stage inside WMC Alumni Hall, instruments posed, eyes trained on conductor Jay Bocook. Bocook would count off, offering advice about tempo and rhythm as he clicked his baton off the podium to ...


The Guardian

Jay-Z in dispute with Philadelphia mayor over music festival
The Guardian
Jay-Z is embroiled in a dispute with the mayoral office of Philadelphia after it announced plans to change the location of his music festival, Made in America. On Tuesday, a representative for Mayor Jim Kenney said this year's festival would be the ...
Jay-Z 's 'Made in America' music festival booted from Philadelphia parkwayFox News
Philly mayor moves Jay Z's music fest venue amid Meek Mill dramaPage Six
Jay-Z's Made in America festival will not be on the Parkway next yearBilly Penn
Philly.com -Philly.com -AdAge.com
all 97 news articles »

Los Angeles Times

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott on music critics, streaming services and why you can't be a real punk rocker unless you're ...
Los Angeles Times
The two sealed a deal late last year, and soon after, the band's music shot to the top of the rock charts as though this were 1983. Since then, sticky-sweet rock songs such as “Rock of Ages,” “Photograph” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me” — which remain ...


Pitchfork

Pitchfork Music Festival 2018 Live Stream: Fleet Foxes, Ms. Lauryn Hill, the War on Drugs, More
Pitchfork
Pitchfork is excited to announce that we'll be live streaming sets from Pitchfork Music Festival 2018 in Chicago's Union Park. The streams are supported by Goose Island. You can catch sets all weekend on Pitchfork.com and YouTube, featuring ...
2018 Pitchfork Music Festival livestream scheduleBrooklyn Vegan (blog)

all 8 news articles »

DesMoinesRegister.com

60+ acts unveiled for upcoming Ames music festival
DesMoinesRegister.com
The annual Maximum Ames Music Festival returns Sept 27-30 for the event's eighth year in downtown Ames. More than 60 acts are expected to perform. (Photo: Courtesy of Maximum Ames Music Festival/Special to the Register).

and more »

90.5 WESA

New Study Recommends Path For Pittsburgh's Music Scene
90.5 WESA
There's a new plan to improve Pittsburgh's music scene. The Pittsburgh Music Ecosystem Study was released Thursday. The 86-page report, 10 months in the making, suggests that Pittsburgh's scene needs more leadership, career development for musicians ...

Google News

3 Secrets To Understanding What Makes Music Tick

It's no secret that virtually everyone loves music in some... Read More

Jazzing Up Your Leadership Style

I met New York jazzman Tim Armacost in college almost... Read More

Is Your Child Capable of Composing Music? Maybe the Next Mozart?

We've all heard of them. Child prodigies who begin composing... Read More

Singing: The Tonic of Life

Most people these days would associate singing with the popular... Read More

3 Quick & Easy Steps To Playing Music by Ear

Playing by ear is the ability to play a piece... Read More

Born into musical family, Michael Jackson is as big as ever today

Michael Jackson was born Michael Joseph Jackson on August 29,... Read More

Music as Therapy?

Frustrated in a gridlocked?Job got you stressed out?The children have... Read More

50 Cent G Unit

His lockjaw delivery makes him look as gangsta as Marlon... Read More

Review: The Dissociatives - Self Titled

In 1994 Daniel Johns and his group Silverchair were catapulted... Read More

Karaoke Singing

This article is designed to help anyone to enjoy karaoke... Read More

How to Find Musical Ideas

The Russian Composer Igor Stravinsky once said: " A good... Read More

Dance Musics Most Popular and Enduring Theme: The Declaration of Independence

It all started with Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" in... Read More

Visualization Techniques for the Pianist

Controlling the images of the mind through image projection has... Read More

How to Download Music From The Internet

Most of you have probably heard of the RIAA's quest... Read More

Lori Nuic Sparkles

A soulful vibe along with an amazing voice is what... Read More

Songs Await Singer

I Want To Grow Old With You (C)Chorus: I want... Read More

Music For Self Improvement

Would you like to pop in a CD and have... Read More

The Downfall Of The #1 Southern Gospel Station

Back in the 90's we had a local Southern Gospel... Read More

All About Eminem

Marshall Mathers, was born October 17, 72, and could be... Read More

6 Tips for Organizing Your Music Files

If you're a digital music fan, you probably have problems... Read More

How to Create an Original Melody

Here's a method I use that works. First, sit down... Read More

5 Ways to Enjoy Your Music Files

OK, say you've got one thousand of your favorite MP3... Read More

The Art Of Practicing - How To See Real Results

I have always believed that success, in practically any subject... Read More

Eminem: A Social Commentator

In an interview given to Musik Magazine in 2000, Eminem... Read More

Rhapsody Music Downloads Part II - A pleasant experience?

Welcome back to Part II of Rhapsody Music Downloads! I... Read More