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My Neighbours Kid Wants A Beginners Drum Kit, Help!!!

Updated on May 15, 2009

What should little Billy Butcher look for when buying a beginners drum kit?

Ok so Billy my neighbors kid wants a beginners drum kit so that he can drive me round the bend during the weekends by making as much noise possible with two sticks, now I am a good neighbor and Billy is a good boy when he's not throwing eggs at my window so I thought I'd help him out by making sure he made the best starter drum set choice possible. You might want to read this if you have a neighbor just like Billy, I have decided to share my new found knowledge with the world...that's you by the way.

There are many questions that you might have such as what are the best brand names that offer good beginner drum sets? Or should I opt for the cheap non brand names? You may be looking for information about actually comes with a drum kit. Do the sticks come with it? Will I get cymbals included in the price? Will they give Billy a stool?

Well fortunately for you I can demystify some of your questions and maybe even provide a few answers that help you find the right drum kit for your neighbor?

Firstly I would say there is little difference between the non brand names and the brand names kits. Yes the quality is slightly higher and the kits may last a fraction longer with a band name kit but the production and manufacturing techniques now are so good that even the budget kits sound great!

Sorry but I'm going to use bullet points now but read them quickly and you won't fall asleep. Here are a few things that are a must buy when you purchase a beginners drum kit.

Firstly you want to buy a 5 piece full sized drum kit, 5 pieces means the five individual drum shells - Bass drum, snare drum and three tom tom shells. A five piece drum kit doesn't take into account for the cymbals, stands, stool or even the sticks or that double bass drum pedal Billy keeps raving about.

Here is a list of everything you'll need

Drums:

  • Bass Drum
  • Snare
  • Three Tom Toms (Small Tom, Large Tom, Floor Tom)

Hardware and Cymbals

  • Hi-Hat cymbal and Hi-Hat stand
  • Ride cymbal + cymbal stand
  • Crash cymbal + stand
  • Drum stool
  • Sticks
  • Drum Tuning Key (but that usually come with the drum kit)

So now you know what you need what next?

If you are a first time buyer the best choice you can make is to buy a package drum kit. The reason why this is a good option is because buying a package set means you get absolutely everything you need sticks and all. It also means you don't have to worry about remembering everything, it all comes in one package (so to speak) and you'll save money to as the drum shop buys in bulk passing the saving on to you and Billy...well Billy's parents at least.

So what package drum kits are on offer? Below will help to give you a few ideas as to some of the top Five Piece Beginner Drum Kits:

NB The pictures below are for reference only.

Best Beginner Package Brand Name Drum Kits

Pearl Forum £283 / $429 -  Pearl kits are the best known brand and used by pro drummers the world over.  This company is a hugely successful drum kit manufacturer and there beginner drum kits really give the non brand names a run for there money.  Yo
Pearl Forum £283 / $429 - Pearl kits are the best known brand and used by pro drummers the world over. This company is a hugely successful drum kit manufacturer and there beginner drum kits really give the non brand names a run for there money. Yo
Premier Olympic kit £319 / $483 - Great beginner brand name drum kit, this company has a long successful history.  Billy would do well starting out as a drummer on a drum kit like this.
Premier Olympic kit £319 / $483 - Great beginner brand name drum kit, this company has a long successful history. Billy would do well starting out as a drummer on a drum kit like this.
TAMA IMPERIALSTAR £419 / $635 - Tama is another big name but also comes in at a slightly higher price that might put off Billy's parents?  However you do get a high quality starter drum kit along with all the other essentials such as hardware and cym
TAMA IMPERIALSTAR £419 / $635 - Tama is another big name but also comes in at a slightly higher price that might put off Billy's parents? However you do get a high quality starter drum kit along with all the other essentials such as hardware and cym
Ludwig Accent - £349 - $529 Mega company with great reputation but slightly more expensive and YOU WON'T GET CYMBALS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE so you will need to pay extra.  However if you want to buy a drum kit that you intend to sell at a later date a
Ludwig Accent - £349 - $529 Mega company with great reputation but slightly more expensive and YOU WON'T GET CYMBALS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE so you will need to pay extra. However if you want to buy a drum kit that you intend to sell at a later date a

Good Quality Five Piece Package Drum Kits

Percussion Plus PP300 £299 / $453 - A slightly lesser known brand that has provided Schools and Collages in the UK for many years, this is a trusted brand that will offer years of use.  It is better known in the UK and has long been a top seller as a
Percussion Plus PP300 £299 / $453 - A slightly lesser known brand that has provided Schools and Collages in the UK for many years, this is a trusted brand that will offer years of use. It is better known in the UK and has long been a top seller as a
Arbiter CB kit £299 / $453 - The DADDY of the beginner drum kit world, this kit sounds great and is a steal at the price it will last a long time if looked after carefully.  The only draw back to this drum kit is the number of lugs on the snare (lugs
Arbiter CB kit £299 / $453 - The DADDY of the beginner drum kit world, this kit sounds great and is a steal at the price it will last a long time if looked after carefully. The only draw back to this drum kit is the number of lugs on the snare (lugs
Leedy NRG £299 / $453 - New drum kit that is made in China (isn't everything?) that comes in great colors and good quality double braced hardware meaning the cymbal stands longer lasting.
Leedy NRG £299 / $453 - New drum kit that is made in China (isn't everything?) that comes in great colors and good quality double braced hardware meaning the cymbal stands longer lasting.

So which one did Billy buy????

Billy ended up paying £259 ($392) from a good drum shop they even offered him free sticks and a stick bag to go with his brand new black CB beginners drum kit. My advice here is shop around and see what deals are on offer, the prices above are general guidelines to the prices you should expect to pay. Shops want you business so will always look to offer the best deal possible.

So what of Billy? How is he doing and was my advice useful? Well as a thank you for my research Billy bought me some high quality ear muffs. So weekends are heaven for me and hell for his parents!!!

If you have found any of this information useful why not visit this beginners drum site that has plenty of free advice and lessons, drumlessonsbeginners.com also has some great reviews of the best online drum courses to which Billy has just enrolled!

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      Thomas  

      7 years ago

      Please let me have price for the cheapest DRUM SET

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      Jd M 

      8 years ago

      I have a drumset its a CB all black beginners i just shined it all up and im looking to get rid of it.

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      Braces-for-kids 

      8 years ago

      Year... My neighbors played piano.

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      dylan c 

      9 years ago

      pearl all the way

    • stoneymusicman profile imageAUTHOR

      stoneymusicman 

      9 years ago from UK

      Hi Sarah

      Unfortunately that deal has now come to an end however Drum Lessons Beginners (links above)  have great deals on drum kits.  They currently have a Pearl Forum including a special offer package with a ton of freebies with a saving of 40% on the List price, $1,249.00 down to $749.00 and are also about to offer 4 piece Forum kit for $499.99 that's a saving of 44% on the list price.

      Drum Lessons Beginners is a sister site for drummers to an online order company that cuts out the middle man.  Which is why they can offer stupidly low prices.

      They offer free delivery and money back guarantee if your not happy.

      Hope this is helpful to you 

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      Sarah 

      9 years ago

      Where did you find a Pearl Forum kit for $429? The music store I'm looking at has them for over $900.

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