How to find the best prices and value in drum sets
Who I Am
Hi! My name is Mark and I have been a drummer for 19 years. I teach drum lessons for beginner to intermediate level players of all ages and also play in several bands. Though my passion is playing rock, I also have played in jazz bands, big bands, concert orchestras and country bands.
Why I Am Doing This
I decided to create this site because outside of actually learning
to play, the most common questions I would get about drums was which set
my students (or their parents!) should buy. And after all these years
with all the changes that being able to buy online have brought, I
thought it would be a good idea to put down my experiences and
recommendations in one place where not only my students could research,
but also for anyone else who may come across this site.
this site is simply my opinion based on my personal history and this
really has to do with buying a set online. There is nothing wrong with
going to your favorite local store and buying a drum set -- you will
pay more that way, but you should also get the tangible buying
experience and I do love going to them too. Personally, I used to be skeptical about buying online, but
now....that is the only way I buy basically anything I need for my
drumming due to the selection and pricing I have found.
Where I Like To Shop
There are tons of great retail sites out there where you can find deals on name brand gear, like Musicians Friend, Sam Ash, Musicians Discount Warehouse, Sweetwater & tons of others. But my overall favorite place to shop for drum gear now is....Amazon! I know this may not seem like a traditional choice, but with tons of sellers all competing on the same site for your dollars, this is to me the best way to comparison shop.
My Favorite Affordable/Intermediate Full Size Drum Set About $200.00
This Gammon drum set gets you playing on a full size drum set for a rock bottom price. I really like this set because you now don't have to spend a lot of money on a drum set to find out if you are going to make this a lifetime passion or just a hobby. The sets costs what most decent junior drums cost, which my students (or their parents) really love. Like any drum set, a big part of getting it to sound right is the tuning and I always recommend putting a pillow in a bass drum to make it sound right. Sure you can spend a lot more (and I will get to my favorite pro sets later) but for about $200.00....wow, hard to go wrong. I have end had guitar player friends pick these sets up so they could learn to play the drums: I think everyone secretly wants to be a drummer!
Click the picture to the left or the link below to get all the specs and details on this drum set
Okay, well on the pro side, this is the dream kit for me. I get this is not a "cheap drum set", but I think it is a great value when you are ready for that next big step in percussion. Not only am I huge fan of looks of this amazing kit, but the sound is just really off the charts. The Ludwig Amber Vistalite Zep set has it all - warmth, depth, quality workmanship and a knockout aesthetic that causes a stir at every gig. Now I get that not everyone is going to want to go out and shell out (pun intended) 3k on a shell pack (yes, stands and cymbals are NOT included), but if you are lifetime player looking for a dream kit, I really suggest checking one of these out. It really is amazing, and even if you never buy one, playing one and seeing it in person is a real thrill.
Well, this is always a tough one, because you really want to balance
quality along with price point. The last thing you would ever want is to
have a junior drum set that is unplayable and therefore makes a young
player sour on moving forward in their drumming. Lots of companies like
Ludwig and Gretsch make quality junior drum sets that are really great,
but you do end up paying for the name on the drum head in front. So
again, after weighing all of the options, I decided to go with the
Gammon 5 Piece Junior Drum Set. Again, everything you need for your
little guy or girl is included for a crazy low price, set up is a
breeze and these sets are always good right out of the box with very
little tweaking. They take a beating and are a blast for any you drummer
to get started on. They come in some really sharp colors (black, blue and others, including pink!) so there is something for everybody.