Buying Drums for BEGINNERS
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5 June 2006
When buying drums you are at the mercy of small pictures which dont often show much detail. But here are a few points worth considering to ensure you end up with the best value for money. 1. Try to choose drums from major manufacturers, because only the majors can invest time in the devlopment of the lower market kits and especially the hardware used to attach Toms, Cymbals etc. Also these manufacturers like to pass the technology from their high-end kits down to the low end kits: The hardware on the new low level Export kits is the same quality hardware as the high-end Masters from only a few years ago - GOOD VALUE. 2.When buying drums the shells are usally very sturdy so the hardare is usually what takes the abuse from movements and time. While hardware can be upgraded it represents the biggest accessory cost apart from cymbals, so watch out in the pictures- if a drumkit is not set up in the picture how can you tell if the hardware is any good?ASK QUESTIONS LIKE ' DO THE TOM MOUNTS SLIP AT ALL?' 'DO THE TOM ARMS HAVE MEMORY LOCKS' 'DO THE TOM HOLDERS USE WINGNUTS OR DRUMKEY SCREWS?' The slippage of toms while playing is the biggest concern with cheap hardware, and memory locks can help keep them from slipping while helping you set the kit up the same way every time.From personal experience wingnuts on tom arms are easier to use than drumkey screws. 3.Remember that all kits can be set up in different configurations so dont assume that you have to set the kit up the same way it is in the picture. 4.Also remeber that drum heads (or skins to the unitiated) can be relativly expensive so if your considering two equal drumkits it might be worth to go for the one with the better drumheads.Overall go for sellers with good quality photos, with clean and well set up kits who are only too happy to answer questions, GOOD LUCK.
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