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    Hey I want Everyone's opinion on what is the best brand for buying a set. I don't want to spend too much, and I don't want to be buying something cheap. I'm looking to buy a "1 up, 2 down setup". So i want your guy's advice. Any tips at all will be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Welcome to Drum Chat Kadwell!

    Your question is going to be a hard one to answer because there will be many different opinions about which brand of drums is the best. Any of the major brands have good quality drums, but they all also have their cheaper beginner kits too. Give us some idea of your price range, and tell us whether you would consider a used kit.
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    Well I' m looking to stay around the $600-$900 range. I would consider a used kit granted it was in good condition.

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    Is your price range just for the drums or will that amount also be buying your hardware, cymbals, bass pedal and throne? You could get a five piece kit for that price, but the better value would always be something in the used department. I was at my local 5 Star drum shop this past Friday and could not believe the sensational buys on some of their very slightly used kits. If I needed another kit, I personally would not rule these out. Also check Ebay. If you see something you like, get back to us. I'm sure someone here will steer you in the right direction.

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    That price range was for just the drums...the hardware I would spend how ever much on, I' m more concerned with getting good drums themselves first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kadwell_13 View Post
    Hey I want Everyone's opinion on what is the best brand for buying a set. I don't want to spend too much, and I don't want to be buying something cheap. I'm looking to buy a "1 up, 2 down setup". So i want your guy's advice. Any tips at all will be appreciated. Thanks.
    The first one that comes to mind is pdp 805. it is within your price range and is a great sounding drumkit.
    However
    You could just buy a normal rock setup drumkit and convert the 14" tom into a floor.
    This would save you alot of money which could probably be used on better cymbals.
    Whatever you deciide on, make sure you post a pic on the "Show us your drums" thread
    Thanks (:

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    Save plenty of money for cymbals. Just about any kit can be made to sound decent with a decent heads and tuning, but a Cr@ppy cymbal is a cr@ppy cymbal.

    When I got back into playing after a long layoff, I bought a Yammy Gigmaker, cheapest kit they make, but I still had thousands of pounds worth of cymbals from my pro days and overall it sounds good! Certainly way better than an expensive kit with cheap cymbals would have.


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    Hey Kadwell, Welcome To Drum Chat!!

    There's been much discussion recently about the end of year or end of model clearances at many drum shops, both online and local.

    You can buy a Mapex M Birch kit for in the range of $600-700 including hardware, and that's a midrange kit. I'm sure there are Gretsch Catalinas in that range as well. You will need to determine whether you prefer birch or maple however, depending on what type of music you're playing, but your budget would definitely fall into the middle range. There are a lot of drums in that range that you might like.

    Best next step is to get to a local drum shop and try some out if you can. that way you can hear them and decide what fits the sound you're looking for. But right now there are definitely bargains to be had out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norske View Post
    Hey Kadwell, Welcome To Drum Chat!!

    There's been much discussion recently about the end of year or end of model clearances at many drum shops, both online and local.

    You can buy a Mapex M Birch kit for in the range of $600-700 including hardware, and that's a midrange kit. I'm sure there are Gretsch Catalinas in that range as well. You will need to determine whether you prefer birch or maple however, depending on what type of music you're playing, but your budget would definitely fall into the middle range. There are a lot of drums in that range that you might like.

    Best next step is to get to a local drum shop and try some out if you can. that way you can hear them and decide what fits the sound you're looking for. But right now there are definitely bargains to be had out there.

    Good luck!
    Amen to your advice Norske. The Mapex M Birch kits with have hardware, where the Gretsch Catalina kits are shell packs. The limited edition Catalina Maple kit is selling around $499 right now. I agree that the first step is to figure out what shell wood sounds best to you. You can't find that out unless you go to the music store and listen to the drums. I'm someone who preferred the sound of the maple shells, but there are plenty of people in here who prefer the birch shells.
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    Birch for me, offers a broad spectrum of tones.

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    Thanks for everyones advice and tips. I will be sure to follow them.
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    Don't forget to check craigslist. A lot of people are out of work these days and unfortunately are getting rid of their instruments at a bargain price to make ends meet. I have seen a few kits on there recently for around $500 that are worth nearly twice as much.
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