Greetings. I have no experience but am looking to learn to play the drums. I plan on taking lessons but wanted to purchase a kit to bang on in the interim. Used seems like the way to go (new if cheap-but-good) but I am not sure what I should be looking for with respect to quality, or what I should be looking to avoid as far as damage, wear or abuse. I would prefer to stay in the $200-$400 range - that is probably the real driving force at this point - need to save some dough for lessons! I have been told that the Pearl Forum series is a good bang-for-the-buck (no pun intended) but am open to suggestions. I would appreciate any advice.