It’s easier than ever to purchase a professional drum set, and there are more options now than ever before. As with so many other things, no two drum kits are created equal. The good news is that even some inexpensive options can be upgraded later, so you can get a decent setup even if you’re on a fairly tight budget.
Quick Links: Our Top 5 Picks:
- Alesis Nitro Electronic Mesh Drum Set
- Gammon Percussion Complete Drum Set
- Ludwig Breakbeats 4 Piece Shell Pack
- Pearl Roadshow 5-Piece Drum Set
- Tama New Imperialstar Complete Drum Kit
Choosing a drum kit can be a nerve-wracking experience, particularly when you start reading different opinions. It’s important to remember thatas with other consumer goods, there’s no such thing as the best professional drum set for each and every situation. What works well for one individual may not even be close to ideal for the next!Knowing what’s important can help you weed through the clutter and come up with a clear idea of what it is you really want.
- Complete drum set or shell pack –These terms can help you understand what you’re getting. A complete drum set includes stands, and it often includes cymbals. Some manufacturers add extras, which can help you get started. A shell pack includes just the drums – usually a snare drum, a bass drum, a floor tom, and a rack tom or two.
- Acoustic or electronic – Most drummers opt for acoustic drum kits, but electronic drum sets offer some advantages, particularly if you’d like to practice in your home or apartment without disturbing anyone nearby, or if you’re very tight on space.
- Number of pieces –The number of pieces includes the drums themselves, along with any stands, cymbals, hardware, etc. Choose a set with a low number if you want to pick out certain components yourself, i.e. you want a specific brand/size high hat and/or cymbal setup. If you’re a complete beginner, then you might find it more convenient to go with a larger kit and replace certain items as you develop your own playing style.
- Shell size –Professional drum sets usually come in two different sizes:
- Jazz/fusion – smaller drum sizes, designed for a lighter, less prominent sound
- Rock/standard – larger drums with louder voices, versatile enough for rock, country, metal, etc.
- Bass –Does the kit come with one or two bass drums? A few kits come with a double bass setup that’s ideal for playing metal. Most players – especially beginners – favor a single bass setup.
With these considerations and a few other important details in mind, we’ve shortlisted five of the best professional drum sets on the market.
|Brand||Model||# Pieces in Set||Price|
|Gammon||Full Size Drum Set||13||Check|
A few more tips for choosing the best professional drum set:
As you get closer to deciding which professional drum set is best-suited to your needs, there are just a few more things to keep in mind.
- Drum heads: Some professional drum sets come complete with good-quality drum heads, while others leave it up to the buyer to purchase drum heads separately. It’s worth noting that the drum heads that typically come with kits are OK for practicing, particularly if you’re a new drummer, but not at all ideal. This is one important upgrade that you’ll want to keep in mind later on, as premium drum heads are far superior to factory heads that normally come standard.
- Throne sold separately: A few drum kits come with a throne (seat) but many do not. The reason for this is simple: Drum thrones come in different sizes and configurations to suit individual needs.
- Better bass drum pedals: Your chosen drum kit may or may not come with a bass drum pedal. This is another component that you’ll probably want to upgrade in the future, since factory drum pedals lack some of the features found in high-quality units.Don’t let the lack of a pedal keep you from getting the kit you really want!
- Price:Once you begin researching, you’ll find that drum prices vary greatly by brand, as well as by what’s included with the kit.Be suspicious of anything that sounds terribly cheap, unless it’s on sale (maybe due to being discontinued by the manufacturer, for example). Watch out also for drum kits over about $1,000. Any higher than that, and you’re probably better off building your own set with components that meet your exact specifications.
Whatever your budget, it’s fairly easy to find the best professional drum set for your desired playing style. Our advice is to get what works for you now, so that you’ll be happy with your purchase. Drums are more of a commitment than smaller items, so go for quality over quantity if needed. You can always add more components later and eventually, you’ll be playing the drum set of your dreams.