Buying a Drum Kit for the First Time

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Buying Your First Drum Kit
To some people all drumkits look the same. Let us advise you on what to look for when purchasing, the most expensive kit isn't always the best, especially if you don't know how to play it.
What are the components of a standard kit?

It typically comprises:
  • Five drums - a snare, bass and three toms
  • The stands, pedals and fittings to go with the drums included typically:
  • Stands to mount the cymbals on sometimes call Boom Cymbal Stands (these have a Boom arm that increases the manouvreability of the cymbals when mounted) or Straight Cymbal Stands (these do not have the boom arm so are less flexible but usually cheaper).
  • A Hi-hat pedal which holds the Hi-hat cymbals an has a foot pedal which controls the Cymbals on the stand.
  • A Snare Drum Stand to hold the Snare Drum
  • A Bass Drum Pedal with a beater for hitting the Bass Drum with your foot.
  • Tom-Tom Holders, which hold the Toms in Front of you in place while you play
  • A Standard cymbal set to go with a standard drum kit,  is generally a ride cymbal, a crash cymbal and a pair of hi-hat cymbals.
Low end drum kits
Kits under £500 tend to be produced as a complete package to include cymbals, a stool and sticks. However, to keep costs down, crash and ride functions are often combined in one cymbal, and hi-hats are supplied too. Make sure you check if the package contains cymbals as to keep the price down some packages leave out the cymbals, so these can be ones of your own choice.

£500+ drum kits
In the £500 plus category, drum manufacturers tend not to supply cymbals with the kit. We can supply a box set of cymbals from as little as £75 from leading brands of Cymbal Manufacturers. Drum kits Of this price range usually are for the little more advanced drummer and therefore they leave the cymbal choice down to the player.  So the Price of the kit is based on better quality shells and fixings, and the assumption is that you will already have goo cymbals or know which you prefer.

Size guide
For the younger/smaller drummer we can offer smaller size drum packages, These kits are slightly smaller, so easier to store and easier for very young drummers to play such as up to 4/5 years of age. this option is priced at around £300, however, most youngsters age 5/6 and up can handle one of the standard size kits unless they are small for their age. There are 3 standard sizes of kit, sizes being expressed by diameter of drums with proportional depths.
  • 20" Fusion - 20" Bass, 10, 12 and 14" Toms, 14" Snare.
  • 22" Fusion - 22" Bass, 10, 12 and 14" Toms, 14" Snare.
  • 22" Rock - 22" Bass, 12, 13 and 16" Toms, 14" Snare.
  • Smaller Size- 18" Bass, 8, 10 and 12" Toms, 12" Snare.
Selection is a matter of personal taste. Traditionally Jazz players played Fusion Kits and Rock Drummers played Rock Kits, however in recent years this has become more to personal taste. Many Jazz Drummers play Rock setups and many Rock Players play Fusion setups (usually with 22" Bass), it is all down to your own preference.
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