When looking to buy a drum set, you will notice that they normally come with a snare, three toms, a kick drum, cymbal hardware and a drum throne.
You could, of course, buy a complete drum kit as is - it is simpler and the most common way to proceed. However, you could buy the toms, snare and kick drum - or whatever you choose to include - from various vendors, and have a great deal of fun customizing and building your own kit.
One of the first changes you may wish to make is your the of cymbals. Most of the time, the ones that are supplied with drum kits are stock cymbals. These can be flimsy and easily broken.
You may choose to purchase professional grade cymbals, or you may need to buy cymbal stands or other necessary hardware if there are none in the standard drum kit or you need it for other add-ons.
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The size of a drum kit can vary. A jazz drum set normally has a snare, two toms and a kick drum.
Other kit types can be customized to suit your style, so look around to find exactly what you need.
Similarly, cymbals, thrones and sticks are made for various types of drum set-ups. Do your research to find the best ones for you.
When you price your kit, keep in mind that your hardware requirements will depend on your specific playing style. Accessories to consider are sticks, cymbals, a specific throne, and the quantities of each.
While comparing various brands, you want to choose one that can be trusted for quality, and which is popular with drummers. Gretsch, Pearl DW, Roland, and Yamaha are great brands to start with.
When you purchase an electronic drum set, you will need additional sound equipment - headphones, amps, speakers etc.
What to know about buying a new Drum Kit
Buying a new drum kit gives you the satisfaction of knowing that every part is in pristine condition and should last you for a long time.
However, you will need to budget for any additional add-ons that you require - e.g. cymbals, heads and hardware.
Sometimes thought, the best drum kits are not new.
What to know about buying a pre-owned Drum Kit
When you are looking to buy a used drum set, you will be looking for the same sort of things that you would choose in a new set. The standard drum kit pieces and the add-ons you would like to have.
If you are buying from a reputable dealer, you can assume that the used drum set is in good condition. If you are buying privately, you would be checking the state of wear and tear on the drums and other parts too.
A used drum set is going to be cheaper and may have the bonus advantage of better cymbals, drumheads and hardware. All of these can be a major investment.
Drumheads are another important thing to check when buying a used drum set. Many sets come with stock drumheads, and these may or may not be reliable. Therefore, you may wish to research which drumheads will give your kit the sound you desire.
It is not always the best choice to buy the cheapest drum set. With many different kinds of kits for sale, you want to be sure that the one you choose comes with all the pieces you need and all parts are of good quality. Then you can be sure that the set will aid you in creating and performing your best work.