Harmony Central Forums
Announcement Announcement Module
Collapse
No announcement yet.

Drum set for 10 year-old son

Page Title Module
Move Remove Collapse









X
Conversation Detail Module
Collapse
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Drum set for 10 year-old son

    My 10 year-old has begun playing percussion in school, and wants a drum set for Christmas. In my search for rerasonably priced beginner sets, I've run across the Tama Stagestar and Pearl Rythm Traveler. But being a guitar player and knowing nothing about drums, I have questions.
    1. Is one of these sets better than the other?
    2. Are there other sets in this price range that you think are a better buy for a beginner.
    3. If I buy a one of these sets (or another set in this price range) will I be sorry later that I didn't by a better set? If so, what would you recommend.
    <div class="signaturecontainer">&quot;When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.&quot; C.S. Lewis<br />
    -----------------------<br />
    Taylor 814c<br />
    Breedlove AJ250/SF-12 Plus</div>

  • #2
    Great questions. As a new drummer, and a guitar player, I feel qualified to answer this.

    As you know already, as a guitar player, the old addage comes in: Buy nice or buy twice. It applies here as well. I really like Sonor, and the 3003 series is sweet. It is a maple/basswood ply shell that is just awesome. A set could be had new, shipped for around $800. The extra $300 youi spend on this set will be well worth it. Plus, it won't hurt the re-sale if he bails. If you buy a $500 or cheaper set, he loses interest, and guess what? That set is now worth maybe $150. The SOnor I mentioned will still be worth $300-500, depending......by the way, Tama, Pearl, etc, all make great sets in the under $1k mark. I just prefer Sonor, as the features and construction are better, IMO. (10 lug bassdrums don't hurt, either)

    Good luck!

    Comment


    • #3
      don't forget about cymbals. i'd suggest deciding on a budget, then pick cymbals and then drums. bad cymbals allways sound bad, cheap drums can be made to sound better after a head change. if you can get to a store, try out cymbals for sure and drums if they have them. don't know much about paiste but it seems like maybe more people like sabians starter cymbals than zildjian. for drums look at all the brands and features. pacific seems to be a pretty good choice in the lower price range. anyways good luck, and keep asking question if need be.

      Comment


      • #4
        looking for a used kit would also be a good idea, could get better gear for similar money.

        Comment


        • #5
          Here's my suggestion. (Hope it's not too late, Christmas is soon!)

          I'd get the Tama Stagestar. It's the kit that I have and I really like it. I'm a guitarist who plays drums on the side by the way. The shells are pretty nice and although they're smaller, sound big and shouldn't have to be replaced unless for a really nice kit.

          It comes with cymbals, but they are utter crap, its not like they just don't sound awesome, they're not even usable. I'd suggest getting the Sabian B8 cymbal pack. You'd have to pick up another stand as well.

          From musiciansfriend.com you can get his for around:

          Stagestar - $390 or close
          B8 Cymbal pack - $183
          Cymbal stand - $50 about
          Total - about $620

          Hopefully that fits the budget, that's about the best for the lowest price you can get I believe.

          Good luck,
          Dustin
          <div class="signaturecontainer">Anger fuels motion. Motion fuels momentum. Momentum fuels progress. Do something.<br />
          <br />
          My current project<br />
          <a href="http://www.myspace.com/screamsofindulgence" target="_blank">Screams of Indulgence</a> <br />
          <br />
          My old band<br />
          <a href="http://www.myspace.com/obscur" target="_blank">Obscur</a> </div>

          Comment


          • #6
            Hey man i was looking through my musicans friend and found something, i seen the pearl kit you were talking about and it didnt look good at all( something about not have bottom heads ewww.) the tama kit looked ok but i found a set of Pulse drums. These drums are lacquer sprayed instead of wrapped which is always better ( no cover to come bubbling off).The kit comes with all the hardware, bass drum pedal, and even a matching wood snare for only 399.99. These drums look like the best bang for buck. Just go to musicansfriend. com and check them out. Damn i just seen this they also come with cymbals, probally not very good but hey its 400 bucks id try it for a newbie.
            <div class="signaturecontainer">77 Gibson Les Paul Standard (ebony)<br />
            96 Gibson Les Paul Studio (wine)Sold<br />
            94 Guild S-100 (White) For Sale 800.00<br />
            71 Reisse Fender Tele (trans drk grn)<br />
            Fender Squire Jagmaster (white) Sold<br />
            Sigma Martin D12 accoustic<br />
            68 Hiwatt Custom 100<br />
            77 Marshall JMP 100 Watt<br />
            Sovtek Mig 100u Sold<br />
            65 Fender Blackface Bassman<br />
            Clayton 10 watt tube amp<br />
            Marshall 1960a 412<br />
            Laney 412<br />
            Behringer Bg412s<br />
            Clayton 112 w/ 25watt greenback<br />
            Behringer rackmount Vamp<br />
            Pearl Czx studio drums<br />
            Custom Built Vistalite Kit In amber<br />
            Studio: mics, mixer, etc...</div>

            Comment


            • #7
              Originally posted by Rumor
              Here's my suggestion. (Hope it's not too late, Christmas is soon!)

              I'd get the Tama Stagestar. It's the kit that I have and I really like it. I'm a guitarist who plays drums on the side by the way. The shells are pretty nice and although they're smaller, sound big and shouldn't have to be replaced unless for a really nice kit.

              It comes with cymbals, but they are utter crap, its not like they just don't sound awesome, they're not even usable. I'd suggest getting the Sabian B8 cymbal pack. You'd have to pick up another stand as well.

              From musiciansfriend.com you can get his for around:

              Stagestar - $390 or close
              B8 Cymbal pack - $183
              Cymbal stand - $50 about
              Total - about $620

              Hopefully that fits the budget, that's about the best for the lowest price you can get I believe.

              Good luck,
              Dustin


              What he said - good suggestion.
              Wil


              .
              <div class="signaturecontainer"><font size="1">.<br />
              &quot;I think both parties are idiots&quot;. . .<br />
              King Kashue<br />
              <br />
              <b>Buy USA goods = USA jobs . . .</b> <br />
              <br />
              &quot;God Bless us, everyone.&quot;<br />
              Tiny Tim</font></div>

              Comment


              • #8
                Hopefully that fits the budget, that's about the best for the lowest price you can get I believe.


                In my opinion, you can get a better value at Steve Weiss Music, because they are blowing some stuff out.

                Sonor 2003 (in the bargain basement) - $529 includes hardware
                Zildjian ZBT Cymbal Pack (Under Cymbals / Zildjian Packs) - $156 includes hats, ride and crash.

                The only thing else you'll need is a throne.
                Pearl D70W (Under combo hardware / thrones) $39.95

                Total $724.95. Only $100 more then the suggested Stagestar setup, but the Stagestar doesn't compare to the Sonor 2003.

                Consider the fact that if your son sticks with drumming, you WILL have to buy him another set at some point. In my opinion, the Sonor 2003 will have enough mileage to make sure that he will buy himself his second kit. You'll have to upgrade the cymbals at some point, but you will be able to do this over time, and not have to shell out $500 at one time.

                Just my 2 cents.

                Comment


                • #9
                  Sonor 2003 (in the bargain basement) - $529 includes hardware


                  Well, it looks like soon after I posted this message, the Sonor 2003s sold out off of their site. The only Sonor blowout left is a Sonor S-Class Shell pack for $1285. Definately not an option for you. Check out the Ludwig Accent CS for $349, which includes hardware and throne. Or the Ludwig Accent CS Custom for $499.

                  Comment



                  Working...
                  X