Solid advice, right there.Budget, features, color or finish in that order. Don't waste money on a "beginner" kit. If you like drumming you will want to upgrade soon. If you don't like drumming you won't be able to sell it. I won't mention a brand because most major companies offer mid-line kits for decent prices. Figure out the buget first. Cymbals will cost as much as the drums at first. Sound is of course the bottom line, but with proper heads and tuning most will sound good.