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Old 06-21-2012, 12:32 PM
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Default Help needed! What brand is this drum kit?

Hi, i'm completely new to this forum. Infact i'm completely new to drumming! I've been wanting to get a kit for ages and one has appeared on a local site selling quite cheaply. But I can't identify the make of drum kit and if it is worth buying. The guy selling it says it cost 800 new and its going for 160 just now. Any help on the matter would be great. Thanks in advance!

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Old 06-21-2012, 12:34 PM
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The cymbals are by a company called Paiste but I don't know anything about the drums.
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:39 PM
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If this is the ad you're talking about, then I wouldn't pay 160 for that kit. Although those are Paiste cymbals they are brass cymbals which are rubbish and not worth the bother. Only ever consider bronze cymbals.

That said, the kit looks in good condition and seems to have at least one decent double braced cymbal stand. I'd offer him 100 but go no higher than 120. I may be wrong but I highly doubt that kit was ever worth 800.
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:50 PM
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If this is the ad you're talking about, then I wouldn't pay 160 for that kit. Although those are Paiste cymbals they are brass cymbals which are rubbish and not worth the bother. Only ever consider bronze cymbals.

That said, the kit looks in good condition and seems to have at least one decent double braced cymbal stand. I'd offer him 100 but go no higher than 120. I may be wrong but I highly doubt that kit was ever worth 800.
I agree. No expert on this, but based on the hardware used to mount the toms, it just reminds me of many other "entry level" kits that I've seen advertised on craigslist. Although many such kits are pretty well made for what they are, they're not worth the price quoted. If this is your first kit, you might want to go used with more of a "name brand"-if for no other reason than better construction. Same with cymbals. There are several threads here on drum kits. Good luck in your search!
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:17 PM
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Thanks a lot for the advice! I'll probably start off with a 3 piece of better quality stuff and expand it later on.
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Old 06-21-2012, 04:43 PM
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Thanks a lot for the advice! I'll probably start off with a 3 piece of better quality stuff and expand it later on.
Absolutely: if you are buying stuff I'd always recommend getting as good quality as possible. If you're going to stick with drums then good gear will serve you better in the long run - if you don't stick with it then you've a better chance of selling it than if you'd bought tat.

As a rule of thumb, I'd say the priorities are:
  1. Best possible snare
  2. Good quality bronze hi-hats and a large crash that can double as a ride (18" or more)
  3. Sturdy bass drum pedal
  4. Beginner kit (i.e. bass and X number of toms)

What you get and what you spend is up to you and what's available, but for starters I'd suggest splitting your overall budget: 30% snare, 40% cymbals, 10% pedal, 20% rest of kit. Bear in mind that a bog-standard kit can be made to sound surprisingly good with good heads and skilled tuning whereas crap cymbals will never sound anything but.

Good luck.
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