Jewish Music Blog

August 3, 2005

Looking for a Drum Set…

Filed under: Uncategorized — jewishmusic @ 7:22 pm

I’m currently in the market for a drum set. I’m debating a couple of issues:

1) How much should I spend? Should I make a small investment now and when I become professional (hopefully) buy a new set and go through the trouble of selling the old, or should I buy an intermediate-pro set now which looks much better and will last me many years?

2) Should I buy used or new? Although used is cheaper, a new set come with a warranty and the assurance that what I buy is what I get.

If used: Does anybody know of someone selling a decent used drumset?

If new: What brand? Is there really a significant difference between Pearl Export series, Tama Superstar and Yamaha Stage Custom?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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3 Comments »

  1. Go with a good high end DW kit. There is no better sound. Buy new because of the warranty..and the fact that if anything is wrong..you know YOU did it. You won’t have charatah on your purchase that it might have been been like that from the start.

    Naftali

    Comment by Anonymous — August 4, 2005 @ 4:38 pm

  2. It really depends on your goals. How serious are you about developing as a drummer? Do you plan to play professionally? Are you going to study with a teacher?

    If you buy a high-end pro kit right now, it will last for many years and you won’t regret it. However, at the beginning, you won’t be able to tell the difference. The most important thing for you right now is to play on a kit that’s sturdy and comfortable. By the time you’re ready to appreciate the subtle differences between manufacturers, different woods, different heads and methods of tuning, etc., you might find yourself wishing that you had invested in a completely different sort of kit.

    Considering the fact that there are so many good-quality mass produced inexpensive kits right now, I’d recommend one of those to start. You can even do professional gigs on a kit like that. When you’ve earned enough money playing those drums to afford a high-end kit, you’ll know you’re ready.

    Also, aren’t you in the business already? You should be able to talk to the drummers you meet on the bandstand about their equipment. You’ll learn a whole lot and perhaps you’ll uncover a good unadvertised deal.

    good luck

    Comment by Anonymous — August 4, 2005 @ 10:54 pm

  3. Thanks for the tips guys.

    Naftali: I’d love to get a high end DW set, but that is definitely more than I wanted to spend.

    anonymous: I am going to take lessons and I’m pretty serious. But I agree when you say that at first I won’t be able to tell the difference and when I can I’ll probably want something else. I’ve talked to people in the business, but I wanted a wide range of opinions.

    So, I’ve decided to look for a medium end kit on eBay, like a Tama Swingstar or Pearl Export.–>

    Comment by keyboardguy — August 5, 2005 @ 12:28 pm


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