Here's a nice article on buying a full drum set.
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How To Buy A Full Drum Set
Are you looking into purchasing a full drum set? There are a number of models and brands of full drum kits to choose from for the beginner, intermediate, and professional. You can find acoustic drum sets that are fairly cheap in price to expensive high quality kits. Before purchasing, check out the determining factors regarding the reasons for acquiring a drum set.
Reason for buying a drum set
You might want to answer a few questions first before buying a set to make sure you are getting the right one. Will it be used as a hobby? Will the set be used for learning how to play? Are you buying this for your child? Will you be using the kit for gigs or recording? Are you looking for a set that is new or used?
Components of a full set of drums
A full set of drums may look different from one individual to another though it is probably safe to say a basic setup consist of a snare, one or two rack toms, floor tom, bass drum, single kick pedal, hi hat, ride cymbal, and two crashes (all hardware and stands included). You can add another floor tom or more rack toms, crash cymbals, extra kick drum or double bass drum pedal if so desired. Generally speaking, the number of drums in the setup will denote the size of the kit such as a four, five, or seven piece drum kit.
An important determining factor would be the amount you are willing to spend. Drum kits cost anywhere from $100 up to a custom built set of $6,000 or more. Most sets do not come equipped with hardware such as cymbal stands, cymbals, and kick pedals which can add to the cost. So it is best figure out your reason for the purchase and all that you need to complete the full drum kit.
Where to buy a full drum kit
You can find drums at your local music store, from the newspaper, and through the internet. Some merchants may not carry used drums but you can still find great deals on both new and used kits.
Make sure when you make the purchase that you start with the basic setup and add to it if desired.
About the author:
Thaddeus W. Johnson is a writer, professional drummer and drum teacher who enjoys providing tips and valuable information for online shoppers of the best drum sets.
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Get your complete drum set for an incredibly nice price with this Ludwig Accent Combo 5-piece drum set and Zildjian starter cymbal pack.
Ludwig Accent Combo with Zildjian ZBT Cymbal Set
Ludwig Accent Combo 5-Piece Drum Set
You get famous Ludwig quality in these select wood drum shells, which include a matching wood snare when you order this combo 5-piece drum kit. The Ludwig drum set features a 22" x 16" bass, 12" x 10" and 13" x 11" toms, 16" x 16" floor tom, and a 14" x 6-1/2" snare—each with a wrapped finish. Drum hardware includes LA214FP bass pedal, snare stand, cymbal stand, hi-hat stand, and a throne.
Zildjian Starter Cymbal Pack
This Zildjian ZBT 3-Cymbal Pack includes a 14" crash, 18" crash/ride and a pair of 13" hi-hats. Sound grooves and round hammer strikes in a simple circular pattern on the top surface of ZBT cymbals magnify the basic sound of the distinctive ZBT alloy. The Zildjian ZBT hi-hats produce a sharp and focused sound with an excellent, bright chick sound. The ZBT crash/ride cymbal produces a cutting ride sound with good crash qualities. The 14" crash has a brilliant finish and provides easy playability—the perfect first crash cymbal.
The bright, intense, high-pitched sound of the Zildjian ZBT cymbals cut through the mix. The sheet origin and lathing techniques create high-volume projection that speaks quickly and brightly when struck then decays rapidly. Since Zildjian ZBT cymbals are pressed and lathed from sheets of uniform, high-quality bronze alloy, they are remarkably consistent.
The highly polished, brilliant finish on these Zildjian cymbals looks fresh and offers excellent, clean stick articulation with controlled overtones. ZBT cymbals take Zildjian Bronze Technology up a notch with advanced hammering and lathing, and enhanced sound for versatility, musicality, and professional performance.
- Ludwig Accent Combo features:
- Famous Ludwig quality
- Select wood drum shells
- Matching wood snare drum
- Wrapped finishes
- 22" x 16" kick drum
- 12" x 10" and 13" x 11" toms
- 16" x 16" floor tom
- 14" x 6-1/2" snare drum Kick pedal
- Snare stand
- Straight cymbal stand Hi-hat stand
- FREE throne
- Zildjian Starter Cymbal Pack Features:
- 14" crash
- 18" crash/ride
- 13" hi-hats
- Highly polished, brilliant finish
- ZBT cymbals are pressed and lathed from sheets of uniform, high-quality bronze alloy
- Crash provides easy playability—the perfect first crash
- Crash/ride cymbal produces a cutting ride sound with good crash qualities.
- Hi-hats produce a sharp and focused sound with an excellent, bright chick sound
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Add this accessory to your drum set.
LP LP513 Studio 72-Bar Double Row Chimes
The LP513 Studio has 72-chimes in a double-row set. The 3/8" diameter, aluminum alloy chimes are strung with genuine Kevlar cord for added strength. LP includes a bar chime striker that fits in a storage slot on top of the chimes.
- Shorter sustain
- 72-chime double-row set
- 3/8" diameter aluminum alloy chimes
- Strung with genuine Kevlar cord
- Includes bar chime striker
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