Which set is best?

Meg

Junior Member
I am just getting started with drumming and I am looking into an inexpensive, used, but fairly good quality set. I did some research and from what I heard and read, I came up with five different sets on craigslist. If I could get some feedback on if these sets are worth the money or of any good quality at all, that would be great. I'm just looking for a nice beginner set to see if I'm really into this or not.

Here is the Mapex set I found:
http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/msg/1075326886.html

Ludwig:
http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/msg/1070247873.html

PDP:
http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/msg/1086878467.html

Tama:
http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/msg/1072290565.html

Pearl:
http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/msg/1099867446.html

So if someone could look these over and let me know your thoughts, that would be v\ery appreciated. I know very little about drums.
 

Meg

Junior Member
Thanks.

Like I said before, I'm just getting into this and I really don't know what's what quality-wise.
 

caddywumpus

Platinum Member
Definitely the PDP kit out of these options! You'll have to get some cymbals, but that's a fairly decent price for that kit. The other kits are over-priced--don't even bother with them...
 

Sparkman

Senior Member
For the PDP, You might want to try to get some pictures, but definitely go try it out and see if you like it. While your there look for anything unusual like dents, scratches, chipped paint etc on the shells.(the wood part) (look for these especially in the bass drum as that's the part of a drum set that usually gets marked up).
 

Sparkman

Senior Member
When your looking for cymbals after you've gotten your drum set, I recommend the brand Paiste for cymbals. Paiste has really good quality for a pretty good price. Don't get the Sabian B8s I've heard they are a piece of junk. A lot of Paiste's cymbals are made from B8 but they manufacture it different or better, so Paiste's cymbals sound really good IMO.
 

spirit

Senior Member
As regards quality, you have several choices of wood for drums, many entry level kits are made from basswood or something like it, some call it poplar, this will do for a starter kit as the sound is more neutral, the differance being the tone of the drum, for example Birch a common wood used in drums has a dry short bright sound, Bubinga found in more expensive kits has a deep rich sound with loads of bottom end. I can say in most cases you will have to change the stock heads in the end for better quality ones- this is very true if you buy Pearl and maybe some others- other things to look for are the way the toms are mounted, you should expect today to have the toms in front of you on some sort of isolation mount, called iss, rims, its and various other names depending on make- in essence all it amounts to is minimal contact with the drum itself to enable better tone or sustain. Most kits you will find will come with hardware and today they are pretty much all of a really good quality, double braced and many with memory locks here and there that will allow you to set up in the same way quickly again and again.

Try and spend some money and time on cymbals as they can make a kit really, these again come in various flavours- cymbals made with B8 alloy tend to be the cheaper end of the market, you should aim for b10 onwards- check with manufacturers website what the composition is.
This will give you a better sound and depending on the type of music you intend to play in the main you will find a set to suit- just try them b4 you buy.
I hope this helps a little, please ask if you need clarification- happy to help anytime.
 

Meg

Junior Member
Alright thanks a bunch. Everything helps. I think right now I'm deciding between two PDPs, so once I figure out where to go with that, I'll have to look into cynbals. I'll probably have a lot of questions when it comes to chosing the best ones.

But thanks again for all the help everyone has given me.
 

skinspanker

Junior Member
I don't know if you found a set yet but I'd definetly wait for a maple or birch kit to come up for sale that way if you decide to keep playing drums you won't find yourself wanting to upgrade to a better kit. The main thing you have to have is patience when starting an instrument, if you stick with it long enough you will get better it just depends on how much time you're willing to put in. Good luck.
 
I don't know if you found a set yet but I'd definetly wait for a maple or birch kit to come up for sale that way if you decide to keep playing drums you won't find yourself wanting to upgrade to a better kit. The main thing you have to have is patience when starting an instrument, if you stick with it long enough you will get better it just depends on how much time you're willing to put in. Good luck.
Definitely agree, be patient when looking for used kits because it's the only disadvantage of buying used: the market purely dictates your selection, and opposed to buying new where you can get pricesely what you want at any time.

I picked up a 6 or 7 year old PDP cx series maple 5pc used for $420 CAD a couple months ago. I was really really happy with the kit, I basically traded a 20yr old beatup Pearl shell pack for it and I was so much happier with it.

PDP definitely makes some of the best sounding low end kits IMO, especially in comparison to say older pearl exports, ludwig accents, low end mapex etc. PDP kits of this age/price range usually have a rims mounting system which is far superior to the traditional tom mounts, where the mounting arm actually penetrates the shell of the tom. If you can grab a kit that has the newer style rims mounts, it'll definitely give you some more resonance and a bit more versatility in terms of set-up.

Lastly, whatever kit you get, make sure that you invest a lot of patience in practice and TUNING. If the drums don't sound decent to you then you may find it discouraging, so bear in mind that it may take an extra $100 to replace old or existing drumheads if you find them difficult to achieve a reasonable sound from after several weeks of tuning practice. Good luck and welcome to the forums there's a ton of helpful people here, cheers

edit:
these may be just out of your price range, but i see them as pretty good deals if there's room for negotiation
http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/msg/1111597869.html
http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/msg/1113542911.html
http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/msg/1115999157.html
 
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