Acoustic or electronic, drums are among the legendary instruments of modern music, making names famous, such as Dave Lombardo, Gene Krupa, Neil Peart, Ginger Baker, or John Bonham, and defining the rhythm and energy of tracks in a variety of styles. Depending on the level of experience you have in this field, you already know, or you partially understand how complex the process of choosing these musical products is and how many things you need to consider.
When looking for shops that sell drum sets, put on your list those that offer complete or partial sets, but also allow you to buy individual items if you want to make your own combinations. From the components of a set and up to the sizes and types of drums, these instruments vary significantly, and the success of a successful performance (!) always depends on identifying the right option.
There are several types of shops where you can buy a drum or a drum set. First of all, the regular musical stores offering new drums, percussion sets and accessories, online stores that also offer you pretty much everything you need, online platforms such as eBay or Amazon, where you can find worldwide sellers, ready to offer good prices for used drums and sets… Last but probably not least, local pawnshops may also feature percussion instruments and you can make a good deal.
Which of these stores are the best?
The truth is you can find what you are looking for in any of these types of shops. It depends only on how careful you are looking for and the instruments you want. Because the best stores are those selling the instruments you are looking for at the best prices.
The group of percussion instruments is large and diversified and includes many types of drums, including tambourines and resonance instruments (claves, maracas, castanets, triangles etc.). Equally meaningful are the instruments of melodic percussion – vibraphone, marimba, xylophone, chimes or the increasingly popular hang drums.
In the category of the most popular, besides drum sets, there are individual drums like djembes, bonga and conga. The Arabic Darbuka drums are also quite often seen, just like the Cajon, which seems to be more and more visible lately; many people agree that a skilled Cajon drummer is able to replace the basic set of classic drums.
The best drum shops should also offer kids drum sets, for those interested in smaller drums, as well as packages of complete percussion sets, considering that some people prefer to buy everything they need to start practicing as soon as possible.
These packages are even more popular with those who want to buy an electronic drum set. A complete package of electronic percussion instruments also includes hardware and accessories (tripod, pedals etc.). Such a set must only be removed from the packaging, installed and… ta-da! You are ready to play.
In the current offers of specialized shops, you should also paddles and modules for the sound of electronic percussion. These tools are used by drummers who want to enrich the percussion with various electronic sounds.