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Old 06-14-2018, 01:32 AM
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Hello Fellow Drummers,

I'm looking for suggestions on good beginner's kits for kids that have an 18" kick, 20" at most. The Tama StageStar was perfect since it was very well built and had the smaller sizes, but I don't think they make anything like that anymore.

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Old 06-14-2018, 01:53 AM
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Kid 5-11 or kid 12-18?
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Craigslist is your friend. Find something used especially if the kid is young and you don't know his/her committment level.
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Old 06-14-2018, 02:50 AM
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Craigslist is your friend. Find something used especially if the kid is young and you don't know his/her committment level.
Yes, and eBay and Reverb if the seller is fairly local.
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Old 06-14-2018, 03:46 AM
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Tell us a little more.

- What's your budget?

- Why are you calling it a kid's kit? Do you actually want tiny size drums, or fairly regular size drums with a small bass drum?
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Old 06-14-2018, 01:30 PM
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I just re-read your post, and it looks like you weren't necessarily looking at a tiny kit, but a small kit with a small bass drum.

In that case, I would have to recommend a Pearl Roadshow - in the jazz size config. Great, small kit, IMHO. At a great price. You can buy New and thrill a kid instead of buying someone's used dusty throw away.

I actually gig with that kit.
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The OP stated a small beginners kit for kids. Take a look at the previous mentioned Pearl kit. I like the Tama Metro Jam. There is also the Sonor Bop and Safari, Gretsch Catalina Jazz, etc. Google bop or jazz kits and you'll come across kits that typically have smaller sizes.
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Old 06-14-2018, 03:26 PM
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I currently have a Tama imperialstar, (which comes with an "18 kick drum) it sells as an all-in-one where you get hardware, & cymbals for $599. As almost anyone here will tell you, Tama's build quality is as good as anyones..
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Old 06-14-2018, 05:54 PM
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Buy used. Buy local. Save a bundle.

So many kids try drums, quit, and then sell them at a deep discount just to get them out of the house due to the room they take up.
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Old 06-14-2018, 06:41 PM
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I know people online often recommend buying used for a starter kit.

I really think it depends on the situation. If it is a longshot situation to see if someone is interested, and there is a very, very low cost used kit available, then yeah, I see the wisdom in that. But if it is beyond a longshot and a young person has expressed genuine interest over a period of time, I really think with the quality and value of low end kits that it makes sense to start them with a new one. They will remember that thrill of the new kit for the rest of their lives, and it can help get them through the initial difficulty of starting on an instrument.

Some of us who are middle aged and older can remember being kids and not having these low cost, high quality kit options. It was either thousands of dollars for a real kit, or a few hundred for junk for an "imported" kit. Today, some of the low cost kits today are really high quality and a great option for someone starting out.
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My daughter wanted to get my grandson a kit for his 8th birthday. He's been playing mine since he was 5, and wanted set at home. I told her I would handle it, and gave him one of my kits instead of buying him toys. 12, 16, 22, and 14 snare.


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Related note....

I have 8 and 4 year old kids.

Time they have spent on my George Way -- Almost zero

Time they have spent on my DTX-532 -- Hours and hours
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Old 06-14-2018, 09:12 PM
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Kid 5-11 or kid 12-18?
Mostly kids 12 and younger. Thanks
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Old 06-14-2018, 09:14 PM
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Craigslist is your friend. Find something used especially if the kid is young and you don't know his/her committment level.
I agree, I've had success on CL and ebay, but some parents would rather go new than deal with the used sellers. Thanks!
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Old 06-14-2018, 09:17 PM
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Tell us a little more.

- What's your budget?

- Why are you calling it a kid's kit? Do you actually want tiny size drums, or fairly regular size drums with a small bass drum?
You're right, I shouldn't call it a kid's kit I guess. I have an old Pearl Export with an 18" kick and use it for gigs. It's the smaller sizes I'm looking for to recommend to the parents... 18" kick, maybe 10" and 12", or even 8" and 10" toms, and 14" floor.

I think their budgets are up to $500 or so including the hardware and cheaper cymbals if possible. Thanks!
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Old 06-14-2018, 09:18 PM
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I just re-read your post, and it looks like you weren't necessarily looking at a tiny kit, but a small kit with a small bass drum.

In that case, I would have to recommend a Pearl Roadshow - in the jazz size config. Great, small kit, IMHO. At a great price. You can buy New and thrill a kid instead of buying someone's used dusty throw away.

I actually gig with that kit.
Cool. Thanks for the suggestion!
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Old 06-14-2018, 09:19 PM
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The OP stated a small beginners kit for kids. Take a look at the previous mentioned Pearl kit. I like the Tama Metro Jam. There is also the Sonor Bop and Safari, Gretsch Catalina Jazz, etc. Google bop or jazz kits and you'll come across kits that typically have smaller sizes.
Got it, thanks! I'll look at those.
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Old 06-21-2018, 09:24 AM
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Timing of this thread is perfect as my daughter (6 years old) really wants to play. I have been giving her lessons and teaching her rudiments first and she gets it. We will see if my sons follow suit or not.
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Old 06-21-2018, 01:36 PM
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I started when I was 8 on a full (12,13,16,22) size second hand kit, it was fine.

I was quite a big 8 y/o so depending on the size of the child you might want to get something smaller, but otherwise I'd go used for a first kit for learning on. Everything (heads/bags etc) is easier to get hold of cheaper.

My kids are learning at school now on a full size kit, they're 8 and 10 and have no issues, they're also getting fed up of it after a year or so so I'm glad a didn't splurge on a special small kit just for them.

I'm going to get one for me though...
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Old 06-21-2018, 02:49 PM
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My friend has a Ludwig Questlove kit. It has a 16 inch bass drum. Quality is good, he gigs with it.

I'm thinking that if your child is a beginner then an electronic drum kit might be a better choice because it has a volume control.
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Old 06-22-2018, 10:33 AM
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I don't think learning on a e-kit is the way to go, maybe for the basic basics, but I've had to modify my playing over the last 5 years of only having an e kit and it's been a struggle getting back to playing real drums.

That said, if it was a choice between e-kit and no kit I'd definitely recommend one.
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