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Old 02-26-2012, 08:28 AM
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For the whole 6 years I've been playing, I've only ever played on cheap, 'beginner' kits.
I think it would be great if we can start a thread where there's people posting pics of their Cheap Kits, I'm not the only one!!

So far I haven't seen anyone in this forum with a Cheap Kit, but I HAVE heard of about 3 who own And play them.

Let's get some pictures posted people!!

Here's my 'Speedfire' Kit. I got the Shells, Hardware and Skins for 50. I got the B8's in a pack for 80, and the AAX O-Zone for around 240 (Christmas Present - I thought getting it from America would be cheaper, as it said $160, then there was Shipping, and then an unheard of, 'Customs Tax', when it got to my door -_-)

But that's just describing my kit... By 'Cheap Kit' I mean the kit itself. The Cymbals don't count, unless you got them with it! ;)
Neither does the Pedal either, I got my Jr Cobras second hand (in Amazing Condition) for 99! :)
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:01 AM
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haha! great idea! Gotta love that yellow! Hey we all start somewhere yeah?

I think I may get the trophy for this one :)

My first kit is sentimental, my wife bought it from friend to surprise me as a late bday gift. This was last November. Little did she know what she was getting herself into :)
So in a little over 1 year I've gone through 3 kits and still have 2 of them, this one and my Sonor 3007

ProBeat Rock Kit, I believe they mostly make marching band stuff now.

12T, 13T, 14SN, 16 FT, 22BD
Sabian Solar 13" hats, 16" crash 8" B8 Splash.

My son bangs on it now, the Bass drum sounds pretty good I must say. I've often thought of micing it up to see if I can make a cheap kit sounds decent.

This pic was when I first set it up, still had to adjust it.
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:01 AM
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That mess makes me sad, and I'm not even talking 'bout the drums... :(

And there's always custom taxes when you order from America to Europe, unless it's sent as a gift.
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:42 AM
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That mess makes me sad, and I'm not even talking 'bout the drums... :(

And there's always custom taxes when you order from America to Europe, unless it's sent as a gift.
Sorry about that, ignore the mess!! I know it's bad, but it's the spare room and I had loads-upon-loads of stuff in there, so I just kinda cleared it to the side to make space for my band >.< I'm gonna go through it all when I have time, possibly through the week, and bin most of it and try and find space around the house for it all...

And I've never ordered anything from abroad, so I didn't know about it :/ ended up paying around 100 more than I expected to pay though, which sucks.. I'll probably stick to eBay from now on haha



Nice one Tyger!
Yeah, I do like the yellow, although.. I would prefer it if it had black hardware, I don't like that chrome very much :/
I was in the middle of switching the hoops off my old kit (which had black hardware) and after I eventually put new bass heads on, and the rims, I realised after I took the Tom rims off that the black ones only had 5 Lug Holes... The Yellow/Chrome ones were 6 :( I was gutted haha, I should've checked..
As you can see in the pictures, I've still got the Red/Black Bass Rims on, I'm gonna have to change back to my Red Kit, I like that one more, it's got a deeper bass drum too haha.. I haven't played that one with the Ebony Pinstripes and the EQ4 Bass Batter on yet
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Sorry about that, ignore the mess!! I know it's bad, but it's the spare room and I had loads-upon-loads of stuff in there, so I just kinda cleared it to the side to make space for my band >.< I'm gonna go through it all when I have time, possibly through the week, and bin most of it and try and find space around the house for it all...

And I've never ordered anything from abroad, so I didn't know about it :/ ended up paying around 100 more than I expected to pay though, which sucks.. I'll probably stick to eBay from now on haha
Hehe, it's cool. Guess I'm a little too "clean" sometimes.
I'm sorry it costed you that much. Try order from Tony at Cymbalsonly next time, he'll definitely help you! :)
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:53 PM
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Here's mine.
1 Pearl Rhythm traveler. (sold recently) Paid $400 USD new.
2 Tama Stagestar. I love this kit Paid $200 for shells used.
3 Sonor Safari. Also love this kit. Paid $340 for shells new.
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Old 02-26-2012, 03:25 PM
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Here's my kit, a GP which I got for free from a friend of my boyfriend who graciously offered it when hearing I was going to start lessons. The boyfriend just had to drive from Cincinnati to Atlanta to pick it up.

We replaced the heads on the rack toms but that's it. I've since gotten a new throne and cymbals but that's it.

I love my cheap kit!
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Most cheap kits shown here so far (except for the Sonor Safari) use thin steel snares. Is there any correlation between steel snare and price? Is it cheaper than wood snare?
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:20 PM
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Difficult to get one cheaper than that ... :))
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I know for a fact that Mary's snare ain't no "cheap, thin steel snare" ... That's a Tama Imperialstar with die cast rims.
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:44 PM
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Most cheap kits shown here so far (except for the Sonor Safari) use thin steel snares. Is there any correlation between steel snare and price? Is it cheaper than wood snare?
I should qualify that the snare pictured with my cheap set, while also free to me by the graciousness of another treasured benefactor, is not anything I consider cheap. Quite the wonderful Tama imperial star. Must say, I'm quite the lucky girl to have such wonderful people supporting my habit :)
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:45 PM
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I know for a fact that Mary's snare ain't no "cheap, thin steel snare" ... That's a Tama Imperialstar with die cast rims.
Hehe, Harry... I was just correcting that! Didnt want anyone making that mistake.
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... while also free to me by the graciousness of another treasured benefactor ...
I wouldn't mind to have their address or phone numbers, seems to be a good place for drum gears :))
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Old 02-28-2012, 03:54 PM
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Here's my PDP. I love this kit! I gig all over town with it. I had the opportunity to get a higher end kit not to long ago, but I stuck with this one.
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Here's a Rockwood by Hohner Kit that I got for around $400. Added a ddrum tom on it, and got some cymbals! With new heads, the kit sounds pro, but sucked when i first got it.

20" Sabian Xs20 Medium ride
16" A Custom Projection Crash
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10, 12, 13, 16 toms and 22 x 14 kick. Aquarian and Remo heads, Mapex double kick
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Here's my PDP. I love this kit! I gig all over town with it. I had the opportunity to get a higher end kit not to long ago, but I stuck with this one.
http://drummerworld.com/forums/attac...1&d=1330440749
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So far I haven't seen anyone in this forum with a Cheap Kit, but I HAVE heard of about 3 who own And play them.
Well, you`ve certainly missed me. I`ve been around for a while and i have a cheap kit, but i wouldn`t trade it for anything! Here are the specs:

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Millenium MX-222 Black

8"x7" Tom Tom
10"9" Tom Tom
12"x10" Tom Tom
13"x11"Tom Tom
14"x5,5" Steel Snare
16"x16" Floor Tom
22"x16" Bass drum

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16" Paiste PST3 Crash (bought used and cracked)
14" Paiste 2002 Medium Hi-Hats (bought used, fantastic hats, made in `82)
14" Millenium HL3 Hi-hats (not in use, but they sound really good for brass hats!)

I don`t count here the cymbals that came with the kit and the one i have borrowed from my ex-guitarist. My configuration also included a Sabian B8 20" Ride, a 16" Thin Crash and 14" Hi-Hats i used as x-hats. The cymbals I got with the kit were a hi-hat and a 16" Crash, both were very thin and the crash got cracked in about 5 places at a concert where i lent it to another drummer. :(

Hardware is a mixture of Millenium hardware that came with the kit and some others i`ve bought.

Here`s a pic, if you want more you can go to the topic in my signature.



I bought the kit (5 piece, with hardware, pedal and throne) for 220 Euros. With all the add-ons (toms,hardware, heads, double pedal, cymbals, snare and pedal case) I have reached an expense close to 600 Euros. I`d say they are money well spent. I love my drums as they are, and they have a killer sound. Hope you like them! :)
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Does each person in your band represent a character of King of the Hill?
Nah, but that would be a cool idea. Our bass player could dress up like Peggy Hill, our guitar player could pass as Boomhaur, unfortunately I'd have to be Bill...
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Black "faux Gretsch' kit cost me only $100 (a CB700 'virgin' bass drum, Astro toms). Sounded OK.
Second kit is vintage, but were orphaned drums adding up to only $300..and sound awesome.

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Custom Classic Pro Hybrid Birch. Six pieces, hi hat, two cymbal stands, snare stand and bass pedal for $499 new. Bought it for a practice kit and because I wanted some "hyper sized" toms but have used it at some small gigs and honestly really like it.


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Black "faux Gretsch' kit cost me only $100 (a CB700 'virgin' bass drum, Astro toms). Sounded OK.
Second kit is vintage, but were orphaned drums adding up to only $300..and sound awesome.

Blasphemy I tell you. Pure Gretsch blasphemy.
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Blasphemy I tell you. Pure Gretsch blasphemy.
I just hope you didn`t see my kit *grins*
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22x16" White Sparkle Sonor Designer Maple Light kick (12 plies, 8,4 mm) w/short lugs
16x14" Blue Sparkle Sonor Designer Maple Light suspended tom (9 plies, 6,4 mm) w/long lugs and Pearl Optimount
10x8" Piano Black Sonor Force 2007 Birch (9 plies, 7 mm)

I traded these shells for 3 Hardcase cases, and a Pearl 14x5,5" FF Copper snare.

The 14x5,5" Mapex Black Panther Stainless Hammered Steel snare came to me separately.
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22x16" White Sparkle Sonor Designer Maple Light kick (12 plies, 8,4 mm) w/short lugs
16x14" Blue Sparkle Sonor Designer Maple Light suspended tom (9 plies, 6,4 mm) w/long lugs and Pearl Optimount
10x8" Piano Black Sonor Force 2007 Birch (9 plies, 7 mm)

I traded these shells for 3 Hardcase cases, and a Pearl 14x5,5" FF Copper snare.

The 14x5,5" Mapex Black Panther Stainless Hammered Steel snare came to me separately.
How does Sonor's high end stuff (except the 2007, which is not all that low end) be considered a "cheap drum kit"????
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How does Sonor's high end stuff (except the 2007, which is not all that low end) be considered a "cheap drum kit"????
Cheap = does not cost much.

I traded the set for 3 bags and a snare. We can say $ 250 for a drumset is not a high price, in my opinion - ergo this is a cheap drum kit.
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Dusty TAMA Swingstar ! Still does the job...




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Cheap = does not cost much.

I traded the set for 3 bags and a snare. We can say $ 250 for a drumset is not a high price, in my opinion - ergo this is a cheap drum kit.
True...in a sense. I think "fantastic deal' would be more appropriate.

I assumed the thread title meant "cheaper line of drums" but whatever works.
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Custom Classic Pro Hybrid Birch. Six pieces, hi hat, two cymbal stands, snare stand and bass pedal for $499 new. Bought it for a practice kit and because I wanted some "hyper sized" toms but have used it at some small gigs and honestly really like it.
Whoa, that doesn't look like a cheap set at all.

Cool idea for a thread. There's a lot of threads here of stunning high-end, custom and exotic sets. But many drummers play cheap sets and there's nothing wrong with that. Glad to see a thread devoted to this and it makes good drum porn in its own way.
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Black "faux Gretsch' kit cost me only $100 (a CB700 'virgin' bass drum, Astro toms). Sounded OK.
Second kit is vintage, but were orphaned drums adding up to only $300..and sound awesome.
Bitchin! I want to see a thread of Frankensteined kits. There are a few around here.
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True...in a sense. I think "fantastic deal' would be more appropriate.

I assumed the thread title meant "cheaper line of drums" but whatever works.
Yep, you're right. It was a slight misunderstanding... Anyway: it was a cheap kit for me :-))
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True...in a sense. I think "fantastic deal' would be more appropriate.

I assumed the thread title meant "cheaper line of drums" but whatever works.
I am thinking "cheap line of drums" too. That is what I would be hoping to see when I come here. Buying a high-end kit for a killer price just isn't quite the same and those kits get a lot of glory. I'm interested in seeing what people are doing with low-end sets.
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Wow, so that is Frankensteined? I'd never be able to guess because you did a great job with the refinish.
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Mine was 80 off eBay for a secondhand Stagg kit, but with Paiste 101 cymbals including crash and ride. There seems to be a lot at this price range on eBay these days.
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I love the challenge of making cheap kits sound great! I dragged around a cheap Pearl Forum kit for about ten years-finally gave it away to a young beginner. I have the cheaper Pearl Vision with birch/basswood now that I love to play better than the Pearl Master's kit. Bobdadrummer I just bought a Sonor Safari for about the same price. I thought I was buying a piece of crap to keep in a practice place for convenience but the kit sounds awesome. Surprise the heck out a me. I've played it in a couple of venues now-rather than just a practice kit. I wish I would fair as well with cheap cymbals but honestly that is where I tend to spend the big bucks.
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Ha - these are the "king Bee" model.
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Hehe, Harry... I was just correcting that! Didnt want anyone making that mistake.
Sorry I can't recognize it. I know very little about snares and other drums, that's why I'm asking. And sorry if I made an impression like I belittled your valuable snare.

Still with my question (and once again this is because I know very little and I hope some enlightening without offending anybody): why do most cheap kits use thin, steel snare, is it because it's cheaper than wood? Please inderstand that "cheap" for me is entry level, not a low priced, used kit (although it could be a DW).

For example, Tama Swingstar 1st ed (now discontinued), Tama Stagestar (now discontinued), new version Tama Imperialstar 1st ed (2005-2006), Sonor Force 507 (now discontinued), etc....... all use steel snares. Anybody could help enlighten me?
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Sorry I can't recognize it. I know very little about snares and other drums, that's why I'm asking. And sorry if I made an impression like I belittled your valuable snare.

Still with my question (and once again this is because I know very little and I hope some enlightening without offending anybody): why do most cheap kits use thin, steel snare, is it because it's cheaper than wood? Please inderstand that "cheap" for me is entry level, not a low priced, used kit (although it could be a DW).

For example, Tama Swingstar 1st ed (now discontinued), Tama Stagestar (now discontinued), new version Tama Imperialstar 1st ed (2005-2006), Sonor Force 507 (now discontinued), etc....... all use steel snares. Anybody could help enlighten me?
My version of swingstar came with wood shelled snare drum but to answer your question, It may come down to the fact that most entry level drum kit steel snare are outsourced and come really cheaper than producing them in-house ( another mold - hardware etc...).
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