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How to Pick a Drum Set

Learn how to pick a drum set from drum teacher Jason Gianni in this Howcast drum video.


When choosing a drum set it's probably most helpful to figure out a budget ahead of time. That way a sales person can help you take the merchandise and sort of fit it into your budget. It's helpful to do some research on the brand names for drums ahead of time. There are names such as Tama, Pearl, DW, Yamaha, and Mapex. There is a variety of brands out there in most music stores.

Most brands have what's called an entry line drum set, which means basically the first line of drums or the beginner line of drums from a major company. The drum set I'm playing right now is a Star Classic from Tama which is the highest level of drums that Tama makes. So, it's helpful to figure out some of the levels from each drum set company so that you know where you want to enter into your budget.

Drums, in general, are priced on the material that they're made out of such as the type of wood that goes into it. These drums are made out of maple which is one of the highest level woods you can get. There is birch. There is mahogany. And there's also the level of plies that go into each drum. Plies are the layers of wood that make up each drum. The lesser the plies sometimes the less expensive, and the more the plies most of the time is the more expensive. Also, the type of metal and design that they use has a lot to do with the type of drums or the level and the price of the drums.

When you're choosing a drum set or buying a drum set it also helps to take a look into what they include. Do they include all five drums? Do they include four drums? Do they include the cymbals? Some of the lower line kits you're going to buy are not going to include the cymbals. It's just going to be the package they call the shell package which is just the drums themselves.

This right here is called a five piece drum set, five drums, one, two, three, four, five. They have two cymbals included and a pair of hi-hats which we'll talk about a little later. This is sort of your standard drum set that you're going to find in a store. They have two package deals usually a larger drum set of a 22 inch drum mixed with some larger toms of 12, 13, and 16. These happen to be actually a 10, 12, 14, and a 14 inch snare. You have different configurations.

So, a lot of times it's the configuration, it's the material, it's the make of the wood, and that will determine how much you're going to spend.

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