There are lots of preparations that you need to commence before you can buy your own and first drum set. Considering the fact that drum isn’t light or small, you should really plan things through so your expenses won’t go into waste. And considering that a drum set isn’t cheap either – although most of them are quite affordable – you really need to make wise planning and arrangement.
So, what should you do when you want to buy your drum set? First of all, you need to think about the size. Although drum set comes in various sizing and the compact one is available these days, you still need to consider the need of wide and big space. Do you know that even the smallest and the most compact drum set requires 8 x 8 feet of space? Not only you need to plan out where you are going to place the drum set, you also need to make arrangement whether it is going to obstruct your daily activities or not. It is wiser and better if you can have your own music room so your music activity won’t be disturbed by others. In case you don’t have your own private music room, it would be better if you steer it out of the way from the busy traffic at home so it won’t affect the activity of other family members as well as affecting your music performance and enjoyment.
You also need to consider the noise, which can be quite annoying for others. If you are a beginner, the chaotic sound you produce will be quite painful to others’ ears, so you may want to think about that. If you are sharing a duplex or you live in an apartment building, you may want to consider having the silent drum set. However, keep in mind that this kind of drum set isn’t the same as the real thing. The fact that it teaches you about how to play the drum, but not about the feel of getting music soul and stuff, is quite limiting with this silent set. So if you have generous space at home and you don’t have to share your personal living space with others, it is better that you purchase the real thing.
Another possible solution is to insulate your apartment to keep the noise from going out. However, insulation costs quite a lot and not many people are willing to spend a lot of money for the sake of ‘only’ being able to play musical instruments. However, if you are loaded, you live in an apartment building, and you want to play as much as your heart desire, insulation may be the answer for your requirements.
The facts that you are a beginner or an advanced musician will also determine the space requirements. If you are a beginner, the limited space won’t be a problem as you start out with the most compact set. However, if you are an advanced musician, you definitely want bigger and wider space because advanced musician wants to improve; they tend to have additional pieces here and there to expand the original set arrangement.
In case you want to buy drum set not for you, but for your kids, you need to consider the age range. There are some drum sets that are designed for kids between 3 to 6 years old, which are sold within the 2/3 size from the original and real sizing. The price is also affordable and quite reasonable with high quality finish. Kids around 6 years old can use the standard kit. If you have made your kids familiar with the drum set from the age of 3, moving on to the complete set for age 6 will cost you more.
Here is the most common kit arrangement and configuration that is often used and implemented by drummers.
- Jazz kit with 18 inches of bass, 12 inches and 14 inches of toms, 13 or 14 inches of snare
- Fusion kit (20 inch) with 20 inches of bass, 10, 12, and 14 inches of toms, 13 or 14 inches of snare
- Fusion kit (22 inch) with 22 inches of bass, 12,13, and 16 inches of toms, and 14 inches of snare
- Rock kit with 22 inches of bass, 12,13, and 16 inches of toms, and 14 inches of snare
- Rock Fusion kit with 22 inches of bass, 10, 12, and 16 inches of toms, and 14 inches of snare
The types of drums used depend greatly on the preference and like. Jazz drummers, for instance, prefer the fusion kit while rock drummers like the original rock kit. However, these arrangements aren’t rigid or strict as it is not only used exclusively based on the label. There are lots of rock drummers playing rock fusion as it is the newest and most current music fashion nowadays. Some jazz drummers prefer the rock kit because they like the arrangement and feel. However, if you are a beginner in this field, starting out from smaller diameters can be really helpful as you don’t have to deal with tricky and complicated management. As you progress, you can expand your skills and choose bigger set.
The second most important thing is to consider the portability and transportation. If you are a professional drummer who will need your kit for jamming session, you will have to consider the portability and the easiness of moving your set around. The mid size kit may allow you to pack your set in most vehicles, but you also need to consider the arrangement so your set stays in its pristine condition and it doesn’t have to deal with loads of damage possibility.
The last thing is the budget, of course. It is advisable that you choose high quality drum set that is sturdier and more solid, and certainly will cost you. If you are a bit low on the budget, you can consider used drum set or even remanufactured set. The difference in price is quite a lot and it can help you save money, although you may have to deal with superficial scratches all over – hey, it’s used, so what else can you expect from it?