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Old 07-18-2009, 10:31 AM
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Default Best intermediate drumkit?

Hi, Ive been playing for four years and been using a 1970's fourpiece Premier kit, which is a great kit, but im starting to look towards larger and more modern kits to suit my style (metal, prog and a bit of jazz, an odd combo i know but hey =D)

My budget is around $1600 AUS, ive been looking at the Pearl Forum FZ kit which comes in a six- or five piece configuration. I dont want to buy a kit with two bass drums, or another fourpiece. Im also not worried about cymbals.
Just wondering what some suggestions for kits in that price range and configuration (five or six-piece).

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Old 07-18-2009, 11:03 AM
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Default Re: Best intermediate drumkit?

Pearl forum isn't an intermediate kit but entry level. Export and session are intermediate.

Best intermediate drumkit? Sonor force 3000. If you're on a tight budget, try force 2000 or 1000.
I'd also look at Gretsch catalina and PDP. Thos are imo the best kits in the intermediate price range. They're no match for Pearl.
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Old 07-18-2009, 04:04 PM
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Default Re: Best intermediate drumkit?

i have a pdp fs birch and it sounds amazing but i got mine before the 805 hardware upgrade was available and i would have to say the hardware sucks so definately get the 805 if u go that route but that kit is also considered an "entry" level kit its just that the 7ply birch shell sounds much better than other entry level kits and rivals alot of intermediate kits also look at sonor s classix or de elite those might be considered pro level but the price seems to be great for the features but yea good luck
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Old 07-18-2009, 04:22 PM
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That's roughly 1300 US dollars. You can buy a lot of kit for that. More so if you only need a shell pack. Used market, you can get some top line stuff too. My question is, why do you want to get rid of yours? You say you like it. Why not just get a really good snare, hardware, throne and pedal combo and keep the toms and bass?
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Old 07-18-2009, 04:24 PM
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The gretsch catalina maple series has a good 6 pc (free floor tom) deal going right now, and I would recommend highly the mapex meridian birch and meridian maple serieses.
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Old 07-18-2009, 04:41 PM
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Pearl forum isn't an intermediate kit but entry level. Export and session are intermediate.
The Export series has been replaced by the Vision series.
http://www.pearldrum.com/Products/Drumsets/Vision.aspx
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Old 07-18-2009, 05:01 PM
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Gretsch Catalina Maple. Free 16 inch floor tom. should last forever if taken care of.
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Old 07-18-2009, 06:26 PM
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i returned my defective ddrum duo fade kit to get a tama superstar hyperdrive custom and i love it. i paid 850 for the shell pack.
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Old 07-18-2009, 08:16 PM
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Default Re: Best intermediate drumkit?

Mapex Meridian Maple/Birch or Yamaha Stage/Tour Custom?
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Old 07-18-2009, 08:55 PM
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I've been playing aproximately the same as you and i suggest the kit i actually own which is the PDP X7, is a great deal for a 7 piece set and it sounds amazingly good.I also suggest you the Gretsch Catalina Maple is about the same price but is a 6 piece but I've heard is really amazing too and maybe it has better color option than the PDP =P.
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Old 07-18-2009, 11:04 PM
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Default Re: Best intermediate drumkit?

You can do waaaay better than a forum. I would say the 'best' intermediate level sets are Pearl Sessions, Gretsch Catalinas, and Yamaha stage customs. But when it comes to price, pearl is a little expensive you i think Catalinas and Stage customs are you best bets. Also, Mapex Pro M's and M's are good, but i dont remember the price.
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I would highly recommend The Tama Starclassic Bubinga/Birch kits. They're great kits for the price. Hope this helps.

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Old 07-19-2009, 01:35 AM
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Default Re: Best intermediate drumkit?

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The gretsch catalina maple series has a good 6 pc (free floor tom) deal going right now, and I would recommend highly the mapex meridian birch and meridian maple serieses.

I am really liking that kit as well...it certainly is something I would look into if I were back in the market at this time...Gretsch is an awesome kit. IMO
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Old 07-19-2009, 02:04 AM
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Gretsch Catalina Maple.

Seriously. You will not regret it. I made the exact change you did, and this kit is AMAZING. Right out of the box, the hardware and sound is fantastic.

At about $700 US, it's the best deal you're going to get. IT's AMAZING. Most epic bass drum I've ever heard.



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Old 07-19-2009, 08:32 AM
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Okay, it looks like the Catalina Maple is my best bet.. I'll do some research. Thanks for the input everyone. =D
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Old 07-19-2009, 10:33 AM
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Default Re: Best intermediate drumkit?

Gretsch Catalina are great drums and I don't know how they're able to sell them for that low price.

My Gretsch Renowns are beautiful to look at, sound great and built very solid. For just a few $$$ more you can get something like these here:
http://www.indoorstorm.com/Gretsch_R...et-p-3295.html

I've even seen 6pc shellpacks even cheaper.


Just a thought...

But you can't go wrong with Catalina's.
Nothing like getting a new set of drums!

Good luck with it.
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