If you want to be a drummer, most likely you know who rocker Lars Ulrich is. If you don’t, well he’s the drummer of the mega rock band called Metallica. However, before we move on, I must say shame on you for not knowing him. Most of us were inspired by Mr. Ulrich himself to get into drumming.
The other rocker would be the great, Vinnie Paul. drummer of Pantera. Vinnie is probably one of the greatest drummers in the history of modern drumming (Don’t forget Pantera’s insane guitar player Dimebag Darrell).
So if you want to join this elite league or even surpass them, it’s time to make a decision and get started.
Here are our top 10 picks of the best beginner drum sets for Adults (Or tall kids) in 2018. Hope you like our review on each of these.
Drum Set Comparison
Gammon 5 Piece Drum Set – Best Drum Set Under 300
Although it’s designed for adults, this is a good beginner drum set for the taller young ones as well. Gammon specializes in creating affordable yet quality percussion products.
This is a full size drum set that comes with every single thing you need. Including drumsticks and a throne aka drum stool.
So if you got a few hundred bucks on you, check out this fun quality drum set. Excellent choice for beginners of all ages. If you ever feel like recording what you play, just connect it with some microphones and a multitrack recorder.
A somewhat new company in the adult drum set market, Best Choice Products have quickly established itself as one of the top contenders in the business. A great example of that is the BCP 5 piece complete adult drum set.
When I say complete, I’m talking about the stool, cymbals (2), drumsticks and a pedal for the bass drum as well. If you are just looking to get your feet wet as a new drummer, this drum set is for you.
Once you get fairly good, then upgrade to a brand like Pearl or something. Great drum set for beginners though. A popular choice for adults and teens between 12 – 15 alike.
Another great choice for a 5 piece drum set by Ludwig (Accent Series). Once you’re done assembling it, there will be no turning back. These drums look good and sound great. Especially the Ludwig standard snare drum.
Just like the Best Choice Products drum set above, this one comes with the same “fixings” if I may. If I had to pick one for myself, it would be this Ludwig drum kit but that’s cause I love the black color on it.
Most people prefer the cymbals on the BCP’s but as a beginner, you shouldn’t have any issues.
Great choice for anyone looking for a full entry-level Ludwig drum set.
This is a 4 piece drum set by Ludwig. You might be wondering which is better, a 4 piece or 5 piece? To be honest, it depends on how much space you have. If you goal however, is to learn how to play drums even a 3 piece would be ideal but if you have more space, then feel free to go with the 4 or 5 piece.
This epic “Pocket kit” comes with a bass drum, tom, floor tom, snare drum and a foot pedal. Plus a throne (Drum stool) is also included. This Ludwig LC17 is designed to be portable so you can take this drum set with you pretty much anywhere.
If you are an entry level drummer, hopefully you won’t be banging away on this drum set in a public place anytime soon. Don’t want you to get hurt or anything as this set produces quite a loud noise. Good for you, not so much for the neighbours (Who cares right – Ha!).
5 Piece Pearl Drum Set EXX725S/C
Here we go! My favorite and most likely your favorite drum set brand, the one and only Pearl. This Pearl 5 piece drum set model EXX725S/C is my favorite. Think if this brand as the Yamaha or Fender for guitars. A little pricey then the others but definitely one of the best here.
If you can spend a few, this is a great beginner drum set. The quality is unmatched and this model is endorsed by students and drum instructors alike. Unlike the other drum sets that all come in one giant box, this one comes in 3. Pearl is always top notch when it comes to shipping their products. The only downside is it doesn’t come with cymbals, throne (Drum stool) or drumsticks.
That said, you should be fine with using any entry level cymbals. Brand name wise I’m totally down with this one but as far as the overall package goes (Especially for the budget conscious), there are other better choices on this list.
These are also more intermediate than entry level.
Anyways, enjoy the lifetime warranty on these too. A standard feature on Pearl drum sets. Best for rock and metal music.
Sonar 4 Piece Drum Shell Pack
You get the bass drum with mount, Two toms and one snare. Great set but not all in one package like a few others here.
Although it’s somewhat smaller in size, it’s great on the sound.
If you have decent size den, just put this Sonar drum set in there and practice away.
A great upside is this is one of the fastest drum set to assemble.
A total gem of a package by Gammon, this one includes everything.
A total 5 piece drum kit which comes with adequate warranty on most parts. The head on these drum sets seem to get replaced often so if that’s not a big deal to you, this might be your pick.
If you think about it, for the price of what you are getting here, it might not be that bad of an idea.
Not necessarily the best adult drum set but your kids will be satisfied for sure.
Pearl 5 Piece Drum Kit
However, if you like to look good too, than the Pearl EXX725S/C should be something worth checking out. After all it comes in 5 various styles.
This Pearl drum set is pretty much a shell pack with hardware but you do need to purchase the throne, the cymbals and the drumsticks as well.
Not just for beginners as this specific model is a popular choice for intermediates as well.
Pearl Clear Drum Set (5 Piece)
Get your drumsticks ready for this bad boy. This a Pearl drum set that is used by the pros. Just the color choices should blow you away. Especially my personal favorite which is ‘see through’.
This is definitely the most gorgeous clear drum set. Keeping the Pearl tradition of quality alive, this drum set is shipped in 5 pieces all together.
Plus if you have any issues, just contact Pearl and their mostly phenomenal customer service will help you out.
If you value quality and don’t mind spending for it, this is shell pack (Bass drums and the toms) for you.
Pearl 5 Piece Lacquer Drum Set
This 5 piece Pearl shell pack is also the most beloved on our list.
It includes all the parts and all you have to do is just set it up, assemble it and then off you go.
That means you also get a drum pedal (P930 Demonator Pedal), snare and all the bells and whistles.
A throne is the only thing you need to provide though.
Anatomy of a Drum Set
Ever wondered what are the parts or a drum set? Where here you’ll learn exactly what each piece is.
Common on a drum set. You know the ‘riser’ effect you hear on a drum roll? That’s done on a cymbal.
Usually placed on the right side of the drummer, also an essential part of a full size drum set.
Placed on the top of the bass drum. These are always part of a drum set along with the bass drum. Especially if you get a 3 piece drum set. They come in pairs.
Also known as the kick drum because it produces the ‘kick’ sound. Once you hit it using a foot pedal, it also produces a bass or in music production terms, the low end.
Using the ‘drum roll’ example I used earlier, the very last ‘splash’ or ‘crash’ noise that is created at the end of the drum roll is created by a crash cymbal. Hence the name ‘crash’.
Hi Hat Cymbal:
Another standard part of a full drum set, the hi hats are the ones that create the ‘hissing’ sound. Used in almost all drum patterns. Especially in EDM or Urban music.
Remember when Eminem said “I need some snare in my headphones”, this is the instrument that he was referring to. In a classic drum pattern, the snares always come after a kick or two.
Who Invented The First Drum Set?
Although all kinds of drums have been used in various cultures, the modern drum set as we know today was actually invented during the middle ages in Europe. Archaeologists have found not just drums closer to the formation we use today (Snare, Tom, Floor Toms, etc) but also drums sticks that went along with them. Most experts do like to argue about drumsticks being introduced a lot later but there is no real evidence back up this claim.
How Much Is A Drum Set?
A new beginner drum set can cost anywhere between a couple hundred dollars to being in the thousands. Of course if you’re in another country like Canada, India, Philippines, Malaysia or Singapore, the prices may vary. Overall, it all depends on the brand, the total hardware and the accessories that drum kit comes with. These days, a decent drum set cost can be between $200 to $800. This price range includes professional drum sets too.
So if you’re looking for a high quality drum set, there are plenty of options today. Obviously a used drum set would be cheaper but if it breaks down, you might pay up ending more than before due to a lack of warranty. You can rent one as well but then you’ll be paying per use and if you really want to improve as a drummer, it’s best to have the proper (At least a starter drum set) drum kit at home so you can practice as much as possible.
Especially if you’re taking drum lessons on the side.
Are Drum Sets Tuned?
You only tune instruments that create a ‘pitch’ like the strings of a guitar. Drums just create ‘blobs’ of sound so they don’t necessarily need to be tuned. The drums might need some adjustments from time to time but they don’t necessarily need to be tuned.
What is a Drum Set Throne?
A drum set throne is just another word for a drum stool. Also known as a drummer’s chair. Depending on the brand, a drum throne can come fully assembled or partially.
How To Setup A Drum Set?
It all starts with your throne or chair or whatever you’re going to sit on. Once you have that sorted you place your kick drum in front of you and basically start adding the remaining pieces. That’s the most basic way of assembling your drum set.
For more details, check out this great video on how to setup a drum kit.