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    Can anyone help me with suggestions for starter Acoustic drum kit (for some reason a electronic kit does not appeal to me)?

    Budget: $500 - $2000

    Level of experience: Not much had a loaner kit for a few months about 15 years ago and had instructional tapes even took a few lessons. Other than that I've been playing guitar in cover rock bands for over 30 years.

    Thanks

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    Are you gonna need new cymbals? Hardware? With 2000$ you may be able to. afford a little more then an entry level set, and may last you a little linger. Or you could invest some more in cymbals and heads.
    Happy Drumming!

    IS15

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    with your budget you could start on a quality kit. Most of the starter stuff is poplar, which can sound okay tuned up well but you'll always be tuning it. I might try to stay away from those kits and get some birch or maple shells instead. I think every company has fine kits. It's almost a matter of just picking a brand you think you might like to play. I didn't really awnser your ? but sure someone else can.

    Imperialstar made a good point about having better than entry level cymbals.
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    Thanks I have now idea what type of materials / construction is good / idea so some direction is that would be helpful also.

    Are you gonna need new cymbals? Hardware? yes the whole kit

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    Where are you located? That can make a difference in what's available in your market.
    -Brian

    "Too many crappy used drum stuff to list"

    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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    Are you dead set on brand new, or is used an option?

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    You can score some awesome deals with full kits with cymbals if you go used. People usually treat drum kits like fine furniture. So condition shouldn't be a concern as long as you ask questions and study all the pictures. For 2 grand you are going to be hard pressed to get anything decent. Starter kits are okay with new aftermarket heads and good tuning. But starter cymbals are exactly what they are. Starter cymbals. And since you need everything, 2 grand won't get you there. Go used either E-Bay or Craigslist in your area if possible. Depending on where you live.
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    A new kit is not required and I live in the Wash DC area.............are there any drum mfg that I should stay away from?

    Thanks!
    Last edited by El Butcho Mas Loco; 11-19-2013 at 04:12 PM.

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    If youve never heard of them, youd probably be better to stay away from them.
    Tama, Ludwig, Pearl, Gretsch, Sonor, Mapex they all have great mid level kits that will give you years of service.

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    Yamaha, DW and PDP..... and Premier.
    -Brian

    "Too many crappy used drum stuff to list"

    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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    Quote Originally Posted by N2Bluz View Post
    Yamaha, DW and PDP..... and Premier.
    Stay away?

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Butcho Mas Loco View Post
    Stay away?
    No he was just filling in the companies that Northern Redneck did not mention, Premier sells good kits. DW is one of the top lines though, and PDP is a division of DW that sells more affordable drums and gear. All three are good choices.
    Happy Drumming!

    IS15

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    Quote Originally Posted by imperialstar15 View Post
    No he was just filling in the companies that Northern Redneck did not mention, Premier sells good kits. DW is one of the top lines though, and PDP is a division of DW that sells more affordable drums and gear. All three are good choices.
    Good stuff right here...........thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by imperialstar15 View Post
    No he was just filling in the companies that Northern Redneck did not mention, Premier sells good kits. DW is one of the top lines though, and PDP is a division of DW that sells more affordable drums and gear. All three are good choices.
    There are a few differnt series of the PDP line.........are they all pretty good quality kits?

    Also what type / mfg of cymbals are the best bang for the buck?

    Thanks

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    Ordinarily, I would suggest looking on Craig's List for a mid to high level kit. If you're patient, you can score a darn nice kit in the neighborhood of $500-$1000. Sometimes, you can even find complete sets with decent cymbals. If you're a complete novice, however, it can be a little risky. I've found that the majority of people selling their drums don't even know what wood they're made of.
    Even the major brand names sell lower entry level kits, so just because it says Ludwig or Sonor on it doesn't mean it's high end. It does, however, usually mean it will be of respectable quality.
    It MIGHT be best in your situation to find a respectable drum or music shop in your area. You can ask questions, play some different sets and decide what you like. Do some on-line research on the brands mentioned and the models they offer. You can look at either a used set or even a new set (based on your budget). Used sets can be tricky, since things like bad bearing edges and warped shells are not always evident. The advantage of going to a local music shop will be the service after the sale. If you have problems, you'll have the ability to go back to them for help.
    -Brian

    "Too many crappy used drum stuff to list"

    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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    Quote Originally Posted by N2Bluz View Post
    Ordinarily, I would suggest looking on Craig's List for a mid to high level kit. If you're patient, you can score a darn nice kit in the neighborhood of $500-$1000. Sometimes, you can even find complete sets with decent cymbals. If you're a complete novice, however, it can be a little risky. I've found that the majority of people selling their drums don't even know what wood they're made of.
    Even the major brand names sell lower entry level kits, so just because it says Ludwig or Sonor on it doesn't mean it's high end. It does, however, usually mean it will be of respectable quality.
    It MIGHT be best in your situation to find a respectable drum or music shop in your area. You can ask questions, play some different sets and decide what you like. Do some on-line research on the brands mentioned and the models they offer. You can look at either a used set or even a new set (based on your budget). Used sets can be tricky, since things like bad bearing edges and warped shells are not always evident. The advantage of going to a local music shop will be the service after the sale. If you have problems, you'll have the ability to go back to them for help.
    I will keep my eye on CL............maybe going to the local music store like you are suggesting..............thanks

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    Guitar centers website has tons of used kits. Shipping around $65. Some really good kits for under $500.
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    Quote Originally Posted by piratemonkey124 View Post
    Guitar centers website has tons of used kits. Shipping around $65. Some really good kits for under $500.
    Good call.........they do have a bunch of stuff!


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    Quote Originally Posted by piratemonkey124 View Post
    Guitar centers website has tons of used kits. Shipping around $65. Some really good kits for under $500.
    He needs everything. He would find a better deal on E-Bay if he's willing to pay for shipping. GC is a store that survives by making a profit. Today is a buyers market due to the weak economy. Someone trying to get rid of something for some quick cash would be a better deal than a store. Plus if he looks and is patient he can find a deal that includes everything he needs. With a store they never sell complete kits unless their junk to begin with.
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