Choosing the right drum kit can be tricky, which is why we’re offering some useful tips for anyone looking to buy their first drum kit. We will try to answer the following questions: How do I choose a drum kit? What are the most important aspects? How much will it cost?
The first step is to choose a type of drum kit: Acoustic or electronic.
Acoustic drum kits
Acoustic drum kits are the instruments that we all know and love. While acoustic kits offer a wide range of sound capabilities, it’s worth considering that they take up quite a lot of space, can be very loud, and require a considerable amount of maintenance. Nevertheless, acoustic drum kits are a firm favourite with all drummers.
Electronic drum kits
Electronic drum kits save you space and make less noise, which means that you can play at home without disturbing anyone. What’s more, the electronic pads require much less maintenance, you can record yourself easily, and you can even change the sound of your drum kit.
Ultimately, an acoustic drum kit is the best option if you can live with the disadvantages.
A decent drum kit for beginners is going to set you back at least €300. It is also worth considering that these drum kits are usually not full sets. So, pay attention when buying one. Normally, a basic kit includes a bass drum, snare drum, tom-toms, hi-hat, bass drum pedal, snare stand, and two cymbal stands. On top of this, you’ll need to purchase a drum seat and cases to transport your drum set.
The prices of electronic drum kits can vary considerably. You can pick up a budget kit for around €400, whereas a higher-end kit will set you back about €1000. A €600-700 budget is ideal for beginners looking to purchase their first electronic drum kit. Please consider the following points before buying an electronic kit:
- Sound module: this is used to connect the drum set to headphones or an amplifier.
- Hi-hat: this should be an electronic cymbal that offers a realistic sound (rather than a square pad).
- Bass drum and pedal: This should be a real mechanism used to hit the bass drum pad.
- Materials: a mesh snare drum skin offers the best feeling.
- Decide on how much money you can and want to spend.
- What do you really need? It is important to choose the right type of drum kit for the style of music you want to play.
- Which is the best brand?If you are unsure, seek advice from an expert.
- Choose the right materials for the hardware and skins.
- The size of the drums.
- Second-hand equipment can be an ideal choice for beginners.
- The last step is to find a good teacher. Contact us and your child will learn to play in a fun and easy way, following music school teaching methods to prepare for Trinity College and ABRMS music exams.