Seasoned drummers have no problem walking into a shop and getting the right drum kit for their trade. A new drummer looking to purchase their first kit may be a little confused with all the options available. Apart from knowing the sound you like, you also have to be sure about the type of drums you need.
There are many with regard to sizes, shell constructions and finish options. Going for the cheapest option is one way a new drummer deals with all the options they find. Some even make their choice depending on the colors available.
If you are only beginning your journey as a drummer, here are a few tips to help you make the best choice:
The shell pack
You might be wondering what a shell pack is. In recent times, drum manufacturers are increasingly selling drums in shell packs. In this pack, no hardware is included in the . You will, however, find hardware such as tension rods, lugs, rims and drumheads as well as rim mounts to complete the set.
The shell pack allows you to assemble your own kit with the number of cymbal stands you want and any other hardware alternatives you have at your disposal.
If you fancy the company’s drums, you can include that in your kit. You also have the freedom to expand and contract your kit options according to your requirements and your budget. However, seasoned drummers may be the only ones in a position to take this option because they know exactly what they want.
Multi-purpose drum kit
The type of drum kit you buy may depend on the kind of you intend to play. While it is great to learn to play all kinds of genres, some musicians are very specific about the music that they intend to play the most. Additionally, it may be that you will find yourself in playing in specific music scenes such as rock, which narrows down your options.
If you are buying your first kit, choose one that fits multiple styles of music. You may land in any and it would be best to be prepared.
In this case, go for a fusion kit or moderately-sized drums. Fusion refers to a mix of jazz and rock music. You want a 14-inch snare or a deep 13-inch one. You may also do well with toms that range from 10”-14” and a 20-inch bass drum.
Alternatively, purchase a large kit and only use what you need at any given time. This means that you use the kits that are applicable to the music scene you in at that particular time.
The case you buy will depend on how often you need to move your drum kit. Drums can get damaged easily and a small scratch can adversely affect the sound of the drum. If you have regular gigs that require you to move your drum kit frequently, get an appropriate case.
Hard shell cases are the best for maximum protection. However, you may opt for a great set of padded bags. As you budget for your drums, remember to factor in some funds for a good case.
You will need a second electronic drum kit and this time around, you will be confident in your choices because you will have gained enough skill and experience. However, if you make a few wise choices for your beginner’s journey, one drum kit will take you to many gigs.