the best drum set brands

What are the best drum set brands? This is a very subjective question with no one answer. Some drummers are fiercely loyal to a certain brand, but that may limit their choices in the long run. Most drummers, unless they're just looking for a good beginner drum set, will have a pretty good idea of what they want in a set.

choosing the best drum set brands for you

The best drum set brands for acoustic drums include; Pearl, Mapex, DW, Tama, Ludwig, Gretsch, Yamaha, Sonor, ddrum, pdp, SJC, and more. Most of these brands offer different lines of drum sets for different budgets, styles, and playing situations. It will take some time to choose the right drum set line from the right brand for you, but it will be time well spent.

Explore the different Pearl drum set series here.

Explore the different Mapex drum set series here.

There are many things to consider when choosing just the right drum set for you, and what brand they are may or may not be one of them. Some of these considerations are;

Playing style. The style of music may determine the brand of drum set you buy. Some lines from some brands are better suited to certain genres of music than others.

Playing situation. If you're looking for a drum set that will never leave the studio, you'll prioritize sound and versatility over portability. If you'll be gigging on the road a lot, durability, and portability will be more important.

Cost. If budget is a concern of yours, you may want to learn which drum set brands offer a low-cost, high quality drum set line. Most of the major manufacturers do offer drum set lines for the budget conscious drummer. In many cases, with the right heads and tunings, these can more than fulfill your drumming needs.

If cost is less of an obstacle, the best drum  set brands offer very high end, great sounding drum set lines that are perfect for studio recording and so on.

Hardware. You may really like the actual drums from one company, but want the hardware from another. There is no hard and fast rule that you must use the hardware from the same company that makes your drums themselves. It is important to make sure that the tom mounts you want to use are compatible with the brackets on the drums. Gibralter, for example, is a company that makes great hardware including full rack systems, but does not offer drums themselves. If you want just the drums themselves from a certain brand, you can purchase a "shell pack" that will contain the drums only and no hardware. Shell packs may or may not come with the snare drum included.

Shells. The type of wood your drum shells are made out of may be important to you. Drum shells can be made from almost any kind of wood or combination of woods and can produce different sounds and tones. There are also drums made out of acrylic materials that can either be tinted with different colors, or be clear. snare drum shells can also be made from metals like steel, brass, aluminum, and so on.

Some of the most common drum shell woods are;

  • Poplar, Used almost exclusively with lower price drum sets, Poplar can still produce good sounding drums with the right drum heads and tuning techniques. Another wood used in lower end kits is basswood.
  • Birch, one of the harder woods for drum shells, has a lot of attack and higher volume which makes it a good choice for louder live settings.
  • Maple, one of the most popular drum shell woods, is fairly hard and has a high, warm tone.
  • Mahogany, a quite soft wood for drum shells, has a lower tone for good bottom-end sounds
  • Bubinga, a hard wood, is often used on the inner plys, (or layers), of a drum shell for increased attack while the outer plys can be another type of wood.
  • Other woods, usually used in the outer ply for their finish and grain patterns or combined with other woods for their sound qualities are ash, cherry, walnut, beech, and oak.

The thickness of the drum shell, type of bearing edge, and type of shell construction can also affect your drum sound. For example a thicker shell will have a higher, brighter tone and a thicker shell a lower warm tone.

The best drum set brands offer a wide variety of drum finishes. The finishes on your drum shells can vary from simply rubbing some oil into the wood, applying a clear lacquer, maybe over a stain, or wrapping the shell in a decorative vinyl covering. The wrap is the most common finish for less expensive drum sets because of cost and durability, but it can be found on higher end lines as well.

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