At home, I have a crappy electronic kit, but at school we have a 2 month old Mapex kit with Paiste cymbals. We have two other kits, but they are quite old, and the skins are not very good.
Get your teacher to buy some new heads for them, may be surprised what they sound like. Old doesn't necessarily mean bad, they could be incredible sounding kits if tuned up properly with new heads. Do you know what drums they are?At home, I have a crappy electronic kit, but at school we have a 2 month old Mapex kit with Paiste cymbals. We have two other kits, but they are quite old, and the skins are not very good.
PDP CX series in White Onyx (WMP)
Talk about your bang for the buck. $125 for a 22 x 18 kick, 12" rack tom, 14" suspended floor tom and a 14 x 5 snare.
I added a 10" tom for 100 and a 16" legged floor tom for another 200 by the time I re wrapped it. I don't use the suspended tom, and gave the snare to my son. I like a 5 piece.
So 425 total. I get a lot of compliments on that set. I almost hate saying that they were so inexpensive to those who compliment them, it bursts their bubble. So I don't mention it anymore.
I could gig a much more expensive DW Collectors exotic set but TBH, I get as good of a sound from my PDP's.
Don't want to hijack the thread, but have you guys noticed the recognition that the early PDP CX kits are getting now? The "secret" on these kits seems to be getting around. Made in Mexico using DW machines and the same maple wood used by DW USA, and assembled by people who apparently had been well trained, as the quality control on these was very good. The CX series are essentially DW drums with ugly lugs! I wouldn't part with mine at all. Might buy another set some day, but the CXs are going nowhere.At home I have two acoustic kits: a 4 piece DW Collectors (Broken Glass) - 24, 13, 16, and 6x14 edge snare; and a 7 piece PDP CX (Blue Onyx) - 22, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 5.5x14 snare. I also have a Yamaha DTXtreme.
The PDP, and Yamaha, are seeing the most action for gigs.