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Here you will learn how to buy drum set that has everything you need to start playing the drums. I will be focusing on beginner level drum sets for teenagers and adults.

When looking for a drum set, one of the first things to consider is how big of a drum set do you want. If you are just starting out on the drums, I recommend you buy a basic 4 or 5-piece drum set. The number of pieces refers to the number of drums only. So, if you bought a 5-piece drum set, it would consist of 5 drums, not counting the hardware (stands and pedals), and cymbals.

Your basic 5-piece drum set would consist of a bass drum, a snare drum, 2 small toms, and a floor tom. It may or may not contain hardware and cymbals. If the drums sell as a 'shell pack', it means drums only, thus you would have to buy the hardware and cymbals separately. Many drum sets sell with the hardware, but no cymbals. In this case, you would just have to buy the cymbals. Oftentimes, though, with beginner drum kits, it includes everything - the drums, the hardware, and the cymbals. The main point is that you need to read the fine print or ask the salesperson exactly what's included.

As far as drum hardware, you will need the following components: 1 or more stands for cymbals (straight &/or boom), a snare drum stand, a hi-hat cymbals' stand, a bass drum foot pedal, and a drum throne (seat). All of these items will likely be included in your basic drum set, except for possibly the drum throne. Sometimes the throne comes as part of the set, while other times it does not. Again, it's just a matter of checking what comes with a drum set. If hardware is not included as part of the drum kit, you usually can buy the hardware as a package to add-on to the drum set, or else you can buy your stands and pedals individually. Of course, it will cost less if the hardware comes as part of the drum set, or if you buy it as a package in addition to the 'shell pack'. It would cost more to buy each piece of hardware one by one.

The last part of the drum set to consider is the cymbals. Many beginner drum sets already include the cymbals. However, if a drum set does not come with cymbals, you can buy them in variety of cymbals' packages, or individually. The most essential cymbals are the following: a ride , a crash , and a pair of hi-hat cymbals. A lot of beginner drum kits will only include a pair of hi-hat cymbals and a crash/ride. The crash/ride is a cross between a ride and a crash. It is a versatile cymbal, made to be used as both a ride and a crash cymbal. From my personal experience, I can say that crash/ride cymbals tend to work better as crash cymbals than as ride cymbals. However, a crash/ride cymbal is a satisfactory substitute to having both cymbals if you are just starting out. Other beginner drum sets will include a ride, a crash, a pair of hi-hats. and maybe even a splash or China.

So, now you should know what components you need when buying a drum set to make sure your drum set is complete. You should have 4 to 5 drums including a bass drum, a snare drum, one or more small tom drums, and a floor tom. Also, you need the necessary hardware: a snare stand, a hi-hat stand, a bass drum pedal, a drum throne, and one or more cymbal stands to hold all of your cymbals. Lastly, you should have at least a pair of hi-hat cymbals, and at least one other cymbal. Preferably, you would have both a ride cymbal and at least one crash cymbal. The only other items you would need to start drumming are a pair of drumsticks and a drum key. The drum key is a tool which will help you to tune your drum heads so that they sound good. After that, you'll be all set to go!


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