The Best Drum Brands In Order Are????

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Django136

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I think the list goes like this.....

1.Ludwig
2.Pearl
3.DW
4.Gretsch
5.Premier
6.Mapex
7.Slingerland
8.Sonor.
9.Tama.
10.Yamaha
 

JENGLISH817

Senior Member
This will turn into WW III real quick!
Yes this will definitely start some hostility. However I must join in.

My list:

1) Tama
2) DW
3) Gretsch
4) Pearl
5)Yamaha

The first three are all very close for me, each has their advantages. Tama is numero uno for me probably out of brand loyalty. I don't have any experience with the other big names like Ludwig, Sonor, etc.
 

Nodiggie

Gold Member
haha "best" for what?

Gigging on a weekly basis?

Session work?

Allowing countless drummers to beat on?




I don't understand this post....


You can have the "best" kit on earth. Hand made costing thousands of dollars but if it isn't tuned.......it will sound like garbage.

ok...the "best" drums on earth are:

The ones I can afford.
 

MikeM

Platinum Member
I think the list goes like this.....
That's pretty close, but I'd put them in this order:
DW
Gretsch
Ludwig
Mapex
Pearl
Premier
Slingerland
Sonor.
Tama.
Yamaha

Not so much because I think DW is best or Yamaha is worst, but because I like the way it looks when it's in alphabetical order.
 

GruntersDad

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Not that it matters but I would say:
DW
Gretsch
Ludwig
Gretsch
Pearl
Gretsch
Truth
Gretsch
Premier.
oh yeah...and Gretsch
 

scorch whammin

Gold Member
You all got it all wrong.....:)...it would be:

1) Yamaha
2) YAmaha
3) YAMaha
4) YAMAha
5) YAMAHa
and oh yea...
6) YAMAHA!...:)
 
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thatguykalem

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I think the list goes like this.....

1.Ludwig
2.Pearl
3.DW
4.Gretsch
5.Premier
6.Mapex
7.Slingerland
8.Sonor.
9.Tama.
10.Yamaha
10. Yamaha?! I'm coming for you now, man >=|

Seriously, though, this is a stupid thing to say. The best drum brands depend on what you play, how you play it, and umpteen other variables.

You've put Tama in at #9. Lars Ulrich uses Tama. Does that mean that he's using a crappy kit? The drummer for Metallica is using a crappy kit?

See my point?

I love the Stage Customs to death. If somebody gave me the choice between a huge, great Ludwig kit, and a huge, great Yamaha kit, I'd pick the Yamaha kit.

You can't make sweeping statements regarding this kind of thing.
 

RobertM

Platinum Member
WW III indeed...

Here's my list (based on tuning range and sound):

1. Craviotto
2. Sonor
3. Yamaha
4. Pork Pie
5. Gretsch
6. Noble & Cooley / Maryland Drum (R.I.P.--too bad, were good drums)
7. Tama
8. Mapex / Ludwig
 

Skulmoski

Gold Member
1. Mine
2. Then yours
3. Then yours
4. Then yours
5. Then yours
etc.

"Best" is multidimensional and subjective. For example, how important to you is looks? Are looks more important than how they sound? For some, how the drum looks is critical. Take the gold Ludwig Triumphal snare at a MSR for around $11,000. Some have said it looks great, but its sound is not on par with how great it looks. Others might consider collectability and sound qualities in their argument for best. An anniversary snare drum with number 1 out of 20 from a famous drum company might be their vote for best. Others might vote for a particular drum as being best because it is the brand used they by drumming idol. Ans so on ....

With the advances in drum technology and craftsmanship, just about any top tier drum will be killer for most drummers and for most applications most of the time! That said, Gretsch USA Customs will get my vote for number 1.

GJS
 

azrae1l

Silver Member
1. the kit i just bought
2. the second runner ups to those

and dead last.....
3. the last kit i bought





oh and then toys-r-us brands......
 

hwy145

Senior Member
I think the list goes like this.....

1.Ludwig
2.Pearl
3.DW
4.Gretsch
5.Premier
6.Mapex
7.Slingerland
8.Sonor.
9.Tama.
10.Yamaha
Based upon your drum choices- I would rate them on quality and reliability. If this is popularity contest, the list would be different, but the thread title says best brands, not most popular. Ludwig's QC sucks, and Slingerland (premier too?) is a non-issue at this point. I would probably replace Slingerland with Pacific, or some other popular brand. Top 5 are pretty much my bias, but I would be happy with any of them.

1. Yamaha
2. Pearl
3. DW
4. Sonor
5. Tama
6. Gretsch
7. Mapex
8.. Ludwig
9.. Premier
10. Slingerland
 

Django136

Member
Ok ill make the list better based on durability sound and all that. Not popularity.

Ludwig
Yamaha
Tama
DW
Gretsch
Pearl
Premier
Mapex
Slingerland

Sorry but I've never been satisfied with Mapex.
 

Swiss Matthias

Platinum Member
I personally don't like DW.

I love my High End Mapex kit, and I think you find "best" kits in at least every major brand, and probably in most minor brands too.

I think a more reasonable way to get a serious chart would be by comparing hardware!
 
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