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PURCHASING A DRUM KIT
Here are a few pointers to help you purchase
a suitable drum kit
The kit should include;
Bass Drum and pedal,
Hi Hat stand and cymbals,
Snare Drum and stand
High, Medium and Low (floor) Tom Toms (one of each)
Crash Cymbal and stand,
Ride Cymbal and stand
Drum stool (some cheap kits don’t
include ride cymbal (and stand) and stool
in package – these are needed)
There are 2 main groups of instrument makers
Cheap kits aimed at the beginners market
Avoid the 1st type because they are usually
of poor quality and sound and, as the student
progresses, the need for a better kit will
happen much sooner. I also feel that playing
on a good instrument improves your playing
and enthusiasm to practice.
The main drum manufacturers are;
PEARL, PREMIER, YAMAHA, GRETCH,
LUDWIG, MAPEX, SONOR, TAMA.
Most of these companies make a whole range
of good quality products, including lower
priced beginner level kits.
The same principles for buying from reputable drum
companies also works for makers of cymbals.
The main makers are;
ZILDJAN, SABIAN, PAISTE MEINL, WUHAN AND ISTANBUL
Buying Second Hand – be very careful!
When buying second hand check for damage
on the bodies of the drums (shells). Drums
should be perfectly round not slightly oval!!
Heavily marked or pitted drum skins (heads)
aren't a problem because you can buy
replacements, but pits probably indicate
that the kit hasn't been well looked
Make sure that the stands, pedals and bass
drum legs aren't rusty and that all the
stand joints work so that they can be fully
adjusted. Try them all out including the
floor tom tom's 3 legs.
Pedals should have working springs.
Check all cymbals for damage from misuse
and bad playing; they can crack on the edge
and/or around the centre hole (take them
off the stand to check).ou wish.