Buying a drum is a big step for someone intending on entering the land of music. You need to take into account the fact that the price may not always be directly proportionate to your budget and you may not be able to afford a brand new set.
This is why it may be helpful to you to consider buying used drum sets, after taking into account aspects in relation to the various parts of the drums, such as:
• the condition of the shell and of the hardware,
• the general appearance of the gear,
• any changes made by the owner in the original instrument, such as holes or additional pieces to the already established set;
• Whether the drum set has some missing parts which may be expensive to buy from somewhere else;
• The actual price of the gear and whether it is worth refurbishing or not.
A drum made of a good wood can make the difference between a good deal and a flop
A good wood for drum making is maple, as it brings out a warm and nicer tone from the instrument. Falkata, mahogany or birch are various alternatives to maple and they produce different sounds, depending on your preference. For example, birch produces a clear and strong sound, which is why it is preferred in recording studios. Mahogany produces a vintage sound, warm and with an amplified low end. For those who cannot afford drums made of this wood, there are also cheaper alternatives, in the form of poplar or basswood.
Remember that if you are looking to resell your equipment in a few years it is more recommended to buy new or used drums sets which have in their composition high quality wood – that way you can be sure that the resale value for the product will not decrease exponentially a couple of years later.
The shell and the hardware must be in an acceptable condition
The first thing you should look at while purchasing a drum set is the state of the shell and of the hardware. For the shell, look at the heads and rims to be in place and not too tight, otherwise you may be looking at the drum, but not use it. For the hardware, avoid buying pitted one, with little holes in the metal, as they are difficult to remove and the cost will most probably exceed what you intended for this gear in the first place. Make sure that you inspect the drums thoroughly from this point of view – if you discover extra holes in the shells, make sure to ask for a lower price, as this aspect decreases the value of the gear.
On this note, think carefully whether the price asked for the drums is worth paying for or whether the rewrapping of the musical instrument will cost far more than a brand new one. Do not let yourself be deceived by a unusual small price – the drums in question may have changes from their original condition or they may even have missing parts, which is why it is important to take your time in coming to a decision – if you decide not to purchase, there is no worry: the best drums for you are out there, waiting.