Whether you are just starting out with the drums, or have more experience, there are a number of things you need to consider when choosing a drum e-kit. Although it can be tempting to choose a drum e-kit that is of the highest quality, the price tag of an exceptionally good drum e-kit will usually bring you back down to reality in a big hurry. Although there are certainly those who need a high quality drum e-kit, most drummers can get by with a less expensive set that still has good quality.
The main things you are going to be considering when you choose a drum e-kit are the quality of the drums themselves, the quality of the sound that the drums make, and the price and affordability of the drum set. See 10 Things To Ask Before Buying Your First E-Kit if you need additional help. Although of course sound and overall quality are important, many people, especially when first starting out, is limited to varying extents by their budget.
In order to find a less expensive drum e-kit that still has good quality and good sound, you are going to have to shop around a bit. If you have friends or acquaintances who are into drumming, you can often get a lot of information, as well as a good recommendation for choosing a drum e-kit, from them. Another way of doing some research is checking online or in music publications. Keep your eyes open for drum e-kit reviews, to see what others think of the various models that are available.
If you are purchasing a drum e-kit instead of choosing the drums separately, you’ll want to make sure when you choose a drum e-kit that it contains what you need. Most drum e-kits include everything you will need to get started, including all the drums, the cymbals, sticks and often even a stool. There are a number of different manufacturers to choose from, and in fact, a lot of the big companies carry drum e-kits that are considered “beginner sets”, which can be quite budget-friendly. If you choose a beginner kit from a good brand name, you have the assurance that you are getting a drum e-kit from a company experienced in drums, and that you will likely get a good quality set, even if it is budget-priced. You will want to give some special consideration to your purchase if you are shopping for a drum e-kit for a young child. There are junior drum e-kits available, but they are seldom a good choice unless the child is quite young. These junior kits are designed specifically for children less than eight years old, so if your child is around that age, a full-size drum e-kit is often the better choice.
When you choose a drum e-kit, remember that regardless of the kit you choose, you are going to have to set the kit up and tune each drum before it will sound great. This is true regardless of the quality of the set you choose, so make sure you learn how to perform basic drum tuning techniques so that you get the most out of whatever drum e-kit you choose.