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selecting equipment
doni_dyke01 wrote in drumming
How do you select your equipment when just starting out? Do you start with recommendations or do you go with brands you know? I'm looking to start building a set (I've decided on a Gretsch Catalina, maybe in Birch), but I'm still looking for a good deal of equipment (pedals, heads, cymbals [someone suggested Sabian Xs20 or Paiste Pst5], sticks), but I don't know where to start. Where do you start? Where should I start.

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Pearl is what the retailer sold when I bought my drum kit, so that pretty much settled that. Over the years, I decided that I like Pearl's hardware the best as well, so I'm sticking with them (I hate mixing brands). Started with Sabian and like them a lot as well. I have tried out Mienl as well, and I loved them, but they are more expensive than Sabians so that makes my decision as well.

Buddies of mine have just started with whatever was decent and used.

If i'm thinking of buying new equipment, sometimes i'll cruise craigslist or the sale ads on the board of the local music shop and then Google the model to see what the reviews and going price are. If it seems well-liked and a good deal, i snag it.

Other than that, if you have buddies who drum, it could help to ask if you can play on their kits and get a feel for what you're into.

There really are two ways to go with this. Either go cheap and used, or be ready to invest some money. With the cheaper route, you really won't have anything to perform on, but you won't have to worry about beating the crap out of your set. On the other hand, if you want something that you can play gigs on, you should step up a little bit to make sure that you have some quality.

When I bought my kit, it was brand new. Premier Cabria with maple shells (mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm). It's still an entry level kit, but I could go out and play professionally on it if I needed to, and there's something nice about that. It was also a good buy because it came with most of the hardware that I needed (pedal, hi-hat stand, cymbal stands, etc). That's another aspect of your first kit. You need it, so it doesn't need to be anything fancy.

Since then, though, I have put some more money into my set on the logical things to replace. I got 14" A Mastersound Hi-Hats and a 21" A Sweet Ride for my birthday one year, and that pretty much finished what I *needed*. When I decided to upgrade my pedal, I found a used DW 5000 for a decent price. When I finally get some time dedicate to drumming, I'll be looking to get a new crash. Basically, buy your kit in pieces to absorb some of the cost. Then you'll be able to work toward something in the future.

As for WHAT to get, I would suggest coming back when you need to replace heads. It's not that expensive to put the heads you want on your drums, but stock are usually alright, and they'll give you an idea of what you want to put on your drums to get the right sound.

Specific cymbals are entirely dependent on your particular preference and style of music. I personally am somewhere between rock and jazz, so the A Zildjians have done well for me (too bad they got rid of the K's I liked :/). If you're on a beginner kit, sheet bronze cymbals kind of suck, but they'll get you through it.

Sticks? Again, ENTIRELY up to you and your style. Pick something that feels right in your hand and makes the sound that you want.

I recommend going to your local music shops and try out some of the cymbals, drums etc. You may see that you prefer certain things over others.

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