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Old 05-09-2012, 05:32 AM
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My 6 year old niece wants to learn the drums. She has an excellent sense of rhythm and already knows the basic rock beat. I want to get her a CHEAP (and I mean CHEAP w/ hardware incl.) drumset. What brands should I look at?

These are the ones I know of: TKO and First Act.

I know you're rolling your eyes like "what does he mean cheap? buy used!" but she's 6. She needs something to destroy.
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:35 AM
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I see CB 700s go for <$150 on the craigs list pretty frequently. They all seem to come with come kind of hardware/cymbal setup as well.
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:37 AM
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Well, Craigslist isn't a brand........maybe it should be.

http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ght=tom+angles
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Well, Craigslist isn't a brand........maybe it should be.

http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...ght=tom+angles
No, but CB is.......?
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:21 AM
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http://www.interstatemusic.com/Categ...80000000%5e687

The Junior kit...the toy kit is VERY tiny...like 3 year old tiny. I'm sure there are others out there, but I have seen these in person, and they look pretty nice. I will look them over next time I go there (next couple days), and post what I think of them then, if you haven't gotten one already.
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That union jr. drumset looks like what I need. Thanks.
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No problem ! Yeah, I thought it was nice that the offer the 3 and the 5 piece too. Seeing them in person set up next 20 or so full size kits is almost comical, especially the toy kits. Of course, they are set up in ascending order too. Funny.
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How about this:

http://www.justdrumsonline.com/p-759...d-cymbals.aspx

Real drums, pretty cheap, relatively speaking. I've seen a used Mapex Q series Voyager at a shop near me, looks pretty decently built.
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No, but CB is.......?
Sorry, I wasn't questioning your suggestion jofizzm. I was pointing to the classic "Tom Angles" thread. The kits on there could take a beating from a 6-year-old and no one would care.
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My 6 year old niece wants to learn the drums. She has an excellent sense of rhythm and already knows the basic rock beat. I want to get her a CHEAP (and I mean CHEAP w/ hardware incl.) drumset. What brands should I look at?

These are the ones I know of: TKO and First Act.

I know you're rolling your eyes like "what does he mean cheap? buy used!" but she's 6. She needs something to destroy.
Ok, so, I went in to Interstate today and took a good look at both the 3, and the 5 piece kit. For the price though, it certainly seemed worth it. It's certainly cheaper to find out now at that age ! The both look fairly solid. I think the 5 is a bit more stable with the size of the bass drum. However, if the toms are at all adjustable, that should be able.to be offset a bit. Although, the floor Tom could use a little bending of the legs to widen its stance a bit. Bass pedal works fine, and it doesn't appear it will fall apart in a couple days. A kinda shoved it and shook it and if everything is tightened well, it should be good. Anyway, hope that helps some.
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I see CB 700s go for <$150 on the craigs list pretty frequently. They all seem to come with come kind of hardware/cymbal setup as well.
CB700s are good kits for the money. With good heads and tuning, they can sound excellent.
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I bought a "similar" kit, for the son (6) of some friends of mine. He loves to play my drums, but they're just to big for him. The kit cost $150. Came with a 16" kick, 1 rack, 1 floor, snare, hardware and cymbals. He totally loves it. When he gets around 10, we'll (I'll) upgrade him .... if he's still playing. Throw a nice little Ludwig bop kit his way.
For the money, heck yeah .... get the 6 year old a Jr kit.
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I agree. I couldn't sit behind it because there happened to be a huge sale there, so the place was packed, during the day, on a Thursday ? A place that big ? Anyway, I meant to be more specific but I was burnt out by the time I got around to post. The bass pedal hooks to the bass drum fairly solidly. It isn't going anywhere. The bass itself was really solid; like you could chuck it across a room solid. The front feet looked to be adjustable. The extra Tom seemed to balance it out better with the 5, but I think the 3 had just been set up in a pinch (normally that place does a stellar job of setting stuff up, but I think they had sold a few sets of just those alone) so I can't say for sure, but Harry gave that input. I thumped the toms good a few times, and there was no more shake than any normal size kit. I admit, I don't look much at the cymbal(s) as I was most concerned with the general structure of the kit as a whole. The throne seemed pretty solid. I have to say, I am confident I could have played it and it would have been just fine. A 6 year old playing it, (especially if they take even half assed care of stuff) should be good for a few years. If they catch on and take it serious (some kids now a days amaze me how fast they mature) and play it cool, it would be good for a long time. Thanks Harry for the input. It is appreciated as always. Sorry for the lack of info yesterday.
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