Advantages of getting a drum set
There’s a good reason many parents invest in this instrument during their children’s younger years. For the younger generation a kit can help with many aspects of development:
- Developing motor skills
- The rhythm has a calming effect on many
- Mastering a skill can spark self confidence
However, anyone can benefit from drums:
- If you’re already playing, a drum set allows you to practice at home, instead of using a tutor’s or hiring gear to perform with. Having limitless access to a kit is the only way you’ll develop your skill optimally.
- Playing on a drum kit is an excellent way of dealing with stress. It’s also proven to help people focus and relax.
- Drumming gives you an excellent workout, so it has health benefits too. It produces endorphins just as other exercise will do, so you’ll feel better when you play some at the end of a challenging day.
- Purchasing an upgraded or better suited drum kit will make your drumming more enjoyable.
- If your current set is taking up too much space there are many compact kits available that will make your home seem less cluttered.
A different, practical option is to invest in an electric drum set. Your neighbors will appreciate the fact that you make less noise, as you can listen through headphones. It’s also very dynamic to record drum tracks, edit them and share them with others. Of course, these sets are smaller, so taking your favorite hobby wherever you go is now possible.
We don’t think you need another reason to invest in drums now, so let’s determine which one will suit you.
Features to consider when choosing a drum set under 1000
The good news is that you can find an excellent option for under $1000. However, you may have to sacrifice one aspect in favor of another, such as settling for a smaller set that has the advantage of having cymbals included. You need to determine what is most important to you and to help you do that, we’ll explain important features in depth.
Number of pieces and what’s included
Don’t get sidetracked by marketing material that talks about how amazing a set is, before you’ve checked what’s included. Many of the most popular kits are all inclusive: drums, cymbals, hardware and, if you’re lucky, even a drum throne. This makes the most sense, especially for beginners as it makes shopping for a kit effortless.
If you do want to customize a kit, other sets become more practical. When you’ve been drumming for a while you’ll know which cymbals you prefer and may purchase them from one vendor and your set from another.
You may already own your ideal drum throne
, so buying another one with your kit will be a waste of money.
Brands often offer some valuable extras such as sticks and training material. If you’re still a newbie, these will come in quite handy, so they’re worth the expense.
Age of drummer
Here you need to consider two things: the player’s size determines what size drum set will work and his or her level of experience will tell you what type of set they need.
Brands cater for children, so you’ll find smaller sets, usually appropriate for kids under 10. Older kids should find an average kit comfortable to play on, as long as you can adjust the hardware to change drum height and angle. That means a kit you buy for your teenager should suffice for adults in the family, too.
Beginner sets may have fewer drums to play on, but after playing for a while, even a young child will need a full set if they want to take the hobby seriously.
Adults can play on almost any standard set, as you’ll simply adjust the height to make it comfortable to play.
Type of drum set
This can be a difficult decision: A traditional set or an electronic set (also called electric drums). Each one comes with its own benefits. It’s best to imagine in what scenarios you’ll use your drums most often and then pick accordingly.
Many professionals prefer the authentic tone of a traditional set. However, advanced electronic models can mimic those sounds pretty closely. You may still prefer a traditional set if it’s what you’re used to and you don’t want to go through a new learning curve. It may also be part of your band’s style.
A huge attraction of an electronic set is that you can use it without making noise others will hear. That empowers you to practice anywhere without bothering others. It’s also a more practical option for recording tracks as you can connect it to your computer. On these sets you’ll find many different sounds which will be triggered when you hit a rubber or mesh pad.
The drawback here is that you need an amplifier to play the sound loud, and you need a power source, which isn’t the case with traditional sets.
A great compromise is to enjoy your traditional set, but to add drum triggers to your drum heads. These can be connected to external electronic drum modules. When you hit them, it will trigger certain sounds. That adds more dynamics to your playing and you can enjoy traditional sounds with modern, alternative effects.
Always start by measuring how much space you have available. There are enough options on the market that you don’t have to sacrifice all your floor space, as can be seen with our Ludwig model.
One way to waste less space is purchasing a set with cymbal hardware attached to the drums, instead of its own stand taking up more floor area. This you can see in the Mendini
Materials and build quality
Above you saw how often we mentioned wood types. That’s because this plays a huge role in what your drums sound like. Here are a few examples:
- Maple: It’s the most popular and produces a balanced tone – you’ll find this in our first choice set made by Pearl.
- Birch: Also often used, giving you a bright audio experience that works well for recording tracks
- Mahogany: These drums often sound vintage
- Poplar: Cost-effective option that also gives you a bright sound
Most sets are made of a few layers (plies) of wood and the more, the brighter your sound will be. If you opt for fewer layers, there are lower notes with warmer tones.
You must also read up about the build quality, especially bearing edges. This will be mentioned in terms of degrees and each type will affect the sound quality. The sharper the bearing edge, the brighter the sound.
Know that the finishes aren’t only for show, but serve to protect your drum sets. That’s why it’s better to invest in a vinyl finish than simply a natural look.
A warranty is always a clue to the quality of the kit you’re buying. It’s also essential since a drum kit takes some heavy punishment. Make sure what the warranty covers. Is it only on factory mistakes, or can you ask them for replacement parts if components break within a few months? A one-year warranty is often sufficient and a market standard, but some high end sets will have lifetime warranties.