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Gammon Percussion Full Size
$259.95 $259.95
There are lots of reasons this drum set has been the BEST SELLER for years! The Gammon Battle Series is the perfect entry level drum set at the lowest price ever for a complete, adult/full size drum set complete with all cymbals, stands, hardware, stool heads and sticks...
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Mendini by Cecilio 16 inch
$172.69 $172.69
This Mendini by Cecilio 5-Piece Junior Drum Set with Cymbals is an "all-in-one" fully functional drum set designed specifically for entry level drummers. This set has everything you need to get set up and playing in no time. It is a perfect gift for the young drummer wh...
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Gretsch Drums RN1-1414F-CB
$428.82 $432.09
By adding classically distinctive appointments and new high-performance features, the Renown Series is poised to continue the rich legacy of legendary Gretsch drum sets. The concept of the Renown redesign was to give the series fresh visual appeal and enhance sonic perf...
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PDP Double Drive 8-Piece Shell
$779.99 $779.99
Poplar shells offer a great blend of sustain and punch, and are outfitted with Remo heads as well as attractive black lugs and hoops. 2 - 22" x 18" kick drums, 8" x 7", 10" x 8", and 12" x 9" toms, 14" x 12" and 16" x 14" floor toms, and 14" x 5-1/2 snare. Cymbals and h...
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Best Choice Products Drum
$199.94 $244.95
This set with cymbals and throne is a fully functional drum set designed specifically for beginners who want the most realistic experience at a great price. Its glossy black finish adds elegance and style that makes it a great buy. FEATURES: 5 pc set (Includes sticks, c...
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Pearl RS525SCC706 Roadshow
$449.00 $472.22
Pearl Roadshow drums are built with 9 ply 7mm Poplar shells and 1.2mm triple flanged hoops.  Comes with heads and double braced hardware.  Includes 16" crash-ride cymbal, 14" hybrid hi hats, maple drumsticks, and professional stick bag,...
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Mendini by Cecilio 13 Inch
$89.99 $129.99
This is a great drum set for the aspiring drummer. Smaller sized genuine hard wood shells with triple flanged hoops make this the perfect first set for the younger player. It includes everything needed to get off to a great start. The drums and cymbal are mounted off th...
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Alesis Nitro Kit | Electronic
$299.00 $299.00
The Alesis Nitro is a complete 8-piece electronic drum kit that includes everything you need to play like a pro. It features three dynamic 8” tom pads, a 8” dual-zone snare drum for great feel and natural response, plus a kick drum pad with pedal. Three 10” cymbal...
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Gammon 5-Piece Junior Starter
$169.95 $169.95
Brand New Junior Drum Set - Absolutely everything you need to start playing! A REAL drum set, just like a full size/adult set, but smaller. Look at these AMAZING features: 16"x10" 12 Lug Bass Drum, Wood Snare drum, Two Hang Toms, Floor tom, 2-8" Hi-Hat Cymbals, 1-10" Cr...
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Yamaha Gigmaker 5 Piece Standard
$399.99 $399.99
This Yamaha GigMaker 5-pc. shell pack features a 22" bass drum, 12" and 13" toms, 16" floor toms and a 14" snare drum. The double tom holder for the 12" tom and 13" tom is also included. Great beginner to mid-range drum set and a perfect second drum set for the profes...
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Buddy Rich playing an excellent “Old School” Drum Solo!

Are you a new drummer, just learning how to play drums? Are you looking for a beginner drum set you or your kid?

There are a couple of things to consider when buying a beginner drum set.

Buying a Beginner Drum Set

If your kid wants to learn how to play the drums, then you obviously understand that purchasing a drum set, new or used, can be very complicated. Should you buy the best drum set? Or maybe the cheapest, just in case your kid doesn’t get into it? Maybe after a few lessons they decide they want to play the saxophone or piano? Now what?


In most cases, it really doesn’t matter, because you will be able to sell a new or used drum set pretty easy, but let me caution you on one thing. As with shoes, the cheapest isn’t always the cheapest, right? Sometimes the cheapest will cause more problems and be more expensive in the long run.

Most manufactures will market their beginner sets as “junior” or “beginner”  drum sets. These types of drum sets will not last as long as a professional ones, or sound like those top notch drumlines, but the quality of them are getting better and better each year. It used to be that these beginner sets didn’t even sound like real drums, but that is changing. If you want a better sounding set, I would go with a mid-level drum set. It will be more durable and will sound much better. Most top brands today have mid-level sets to choose from like, DW, Yamaha, Pearl, Gretch, Ludwig, and Mapex. You cannot go wrong with these brands due to their good construction and durability.


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For beginners, you will need 3 cymbals, which are the crash, hi-hat, and ride. You could buy more, but this is a really good starting point. You can always buy additional cymbals later when they get better at playing and NEED more. You won’t have to worry about drum heads or stands with these drum sets because most of the kits out there will come with standard heads and stands and, for now, these will be just fine. As they start to get better and start making quality drum beats, then you can upgrade, but again for now these are great.

Now, most drum kits do not come with chairs or what we call “thrones”, so make sure you buy a throne that is comfortable and reliable. As a drummer, I can tell you the type of throne you buy will make a big difference. When you are starting out you will be sitting on this throne for long periods of time, so make sure it’s comfortable. Some have backs and some do not, it will just depend on how much you want to spend. You have to remember that the body moves a lot when drumming. This is why it is important to purchase a throne or a drumming chair that is sturdy and well-balanced. Even if you decide to buy a cheaper drum set, I would purchase a quality drum throne.

These are the things that you need to know when buying a drum set for beginning drummers. You really don’t need to spend a lot of money at first. My advice is to go with a smaller set that is quality, so you can add on different quality components as you go. Good sound quality with good construction and equipment and, (don’t forget!) a very comfortable throne!

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