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    New to drums - help deciding on which kit

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    Hello. I'm looking to pick up some drums rather soon, mostly for use in my small home studio, but also as another instrument to play. I play mostly rock. Not looking for anything tailored towards metal or jazz. Just rock plain and simple.

    I WAS initially planning on getting a Roland SPD-20 and using that for adding drums to my songs, but am now looking at getting into a house (currently a townhome) and will have more room and volume available. Starting to lean towards a real kit. I've heard to spend big on cymbals, less on the set. Thats fine. I figure I'll have around $700 to start out with, and will spend more later on.

    I found a few used kits in my area:

    Pearl EXR 5 piece (shell pack)- 10", 12", 14", 22" x 18" kick, 5.5" x 14" wood snare drum - $500 with tom mounting hardware only

    Maple Sonor force 3001 - same setup as the Pearl but with a 20" kick. Also comes with cymbal stands, throne, kick pedal, upgraded heads and soft bags. $600

    Yamaha Stage Custom 5-piece w/all hardware. $475

    I figure it best to go and check em out, but I was wondering if anyone can steer me in the right direction or offer any info I might not think of. If I do go the acoustic route (which I would prefer sound-wise) I think I'd rather spend what I have on the drums now (esp if they're used) and pick up cymbals later.

    Thanks for your help,
    Bryon

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    ...Also open to suggestions on a new kit.

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    Ok..well definatly go and try out all the used kits before you consider buying one.

    All of those kits are good choices, and you can't go wrong. Have a listen to them and it can almost be decided by the colour of the kit.

    They will all sound pretty much the same.
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    I agree with drummerdude... test them out
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    I am not saying get one or the other, because I've only played one, and I own it actually.. The Pearl EXR.. It really sounds great with Evans G2 and G1 on toms, and Power Center and Hazy on snare.. I am not goig to say it sounds as good as a well tuned DW or Pork Pie kit at all ( I have both recorded and played both), but it can sounds great recorded..
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    Eek... I just checked the price for that EXR.. DO NOT PAY THAT MUCH! I got a brand new shell pack locally for 400...
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    I agree to go play them and test them out, but also try checking prices on the internet because you may be able to find a good set of new drums for relatively cheap. I personally like playing Mapex, but any of those would sound good. I know Musiciansfriend.com has lots of drumsets and many of the other online stores will too. Good Luck

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    How about - What should I look for in a drumset? What makes one kit better or different - obviously wood type & hardware (and heads) - but how do ply count, lugs and bearing edges come into play?


    As far as new kits go - I've got my eye on the Gretsch Catilina Brich & Mapex M Birch. Any thoughts on these? Would I be much better off spending a couple hundred more on the kit and waiting a bit longer on cymbals?

    Thanks again.
    Bryon

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    If you're playing rock, then I suggest at least a 22" kick drum. It's versatile enough for everything. I also think you'd be better off with a floor tom like a 16x16, again a very versatile size drum. 12" 13" 16" toms with the 22" kick are standard and are all good for rock, blues and jazz. I'd avoid the 10" 12" 14" toms unless you're playing fusion or jazz. A 12" 14" 16" or a 12" 13" 16" set up is more suited for rock anyway.

    You might look for something used and then get some good cymbals later like you suggested.

    Just my 2 cents.

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    LUDWIG has a great and very very affordable set for about $350. theyre called the ACCENT series i believe. ive been playing and recording mine for over a year and theyre wonderful. the day i got them i had a friend come tune them up for me. he had been playing for atleast 5 years and the first word out of his mouth when he played them was ''wow.''

    the kit is really nice and sounds great with a little bit of tuning and/or muting in my small room. i record them with a set of SHURE PG mics and they require very little EQ. check the measurements on musiciansfriend.com. you will not be disappointed with these drums, the kick sounds great and the snare is a bit larger than most but sounds bright and loud. all of the toms are great too. i really recommend checking these out because they sound great and theyre much cheaper than youd expect. just a great kit.

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