Which wood type to go with

KamaK

Platinum Member
They're all great. I own a Gretsch Renown and have nothing but positive things to say about it.

Currently, MF has a deal with Live Customs that include a free K cymbal pack. Expires 5/31
 

csnow

Senior Member
1. Allow AT LEAST 35-40% of your budget for good-sounding cymbals. Most drums can be made to sound good with tuning and choice of heads. But poor cymbals can't be made to sound good.
2. Once you have found out what you like, consider buying the gear used - you will get more for your money this way, and there's a lot of decent used
gear out there. And then if you want to change, you don't lose much money because you didn't spend a lot on brand-new gear.
3. Another thing worth considering is to buy a good used budget kit. While you're playing it you will probably find what you like and dislike about it - so you're developing preferences - then you may want to upgrade and spend your whole budget. Some find that ownership and 'living with a kit' is the first step to knowing what you really want. Just a thought.
Bingo! Spend your money on cymbals. Cheap cymbals sound well....cheap. A starter drum kit with good heads and tuning can sound fantastic with a good set of pies. Sadly, most budget sets are paired with budget heads and cymbals which results in garbage sound.

I also cant stress enough buying used. I highly suggest using Guitar Center's used gear section. Shipping is very cheap and if you dont like the purchase, you can return it to any Guitar Center for a refund. I bought all of my kits and cymbals through them. You can find STELLAR deals that trounce Craigslist and eBay. Check it out....

Chris
 

bingo

Junior Member
I also cant stress enough buying used...
Chris
Same here, I usually go to second hand shops and don't always find something but its worth the extra hassle, you get so much more for your money when you do find something.
 

BertTheDrummer

Gold Member
Only problem with buying used drums, is that while it works pretty well if your in to standard sizes, if you like odd sizes they are almost impossible to find.
 

Midnite Zephyr

Platinum Member
I'm curious to hear a ddrum Reflex kit in person. It is made of Alder wood. Do any of the custom builders use alder wood? I've seen ash being used, but not alder wood.

The vintage Fibes kit I played recently at a gig was made of cherry & gum. I think it sounded great.
 

BertTheDrummer

Gold Member
I'm curious to hear a ddrum Reflex kit in person. It is made of Alder wood. Do any of the custom builders use alder wood? I've seen ash being used, but not alder wood.

The vintage Fibes kit I played recently at a gig was made of cherry & gum. I think it sounded great.
I've heard good and okay things about the ddrum reflexes but I haven't seen one in person to try. I've heard they are similar to Birch drums but not as rich sounding but more focused. As far as I know ddrum is the only company making Alder drums.
 
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