Buying Guide - How to Choose An Acoustic Drum Set

Author:Jake | TIME:December 19,2017

Looking to buy a drum set but now knowing where to start? Indeed, choosing a right acoustic drum kit is never an easy task. There are a lot of things to consider. And the result could turn out to be quite different for different use: concert, studio, church, school and so on. It is not just a matter of budget, but it’s about various characteristics of the drum set. Below let’s learn about the fundamental components of the drum you should evaluate whiling choosing the appropriate set.


Components of a Drum Set

You may be confused by the various configurations of the drum set. And you may find a component on one drum but not on the other. Yet most drum sets have the fundamental components as below:

· Kick drum (bass drum) – The lowest-pitched drum in the drum set. It is  used to provide the rhythmic foundation of the piece of music.

· Snare drum – The snare drum is used to not only outline the rhythmic framework, but also serve to highlight accents in the music.

· Tom(s) – Ranging in pitch from high to low, toms provide tonal color and are often used to play “fills” that bridge two sections of a song. You may find one, two, three or more toms  in a drum set.

· Cymbals – The metallic “soprano” voices of the drum kit. A basic set includes ride, crash, and hi-hat.

· Hardware – Essential gear to ensure a drum kit functions well. These Include a kick (bass) pedal, snare stand, cymbal stands (including a hi-hat stand), tom holders and legs, and other items as needed.



Components of a Drum

Top head

Top head, or batter head, is the most basic component of a drum. It is a round membrane that made of plastic or animal hide — that is stretched across a shell, with varying degrees of tension (tightness).


Though many drummers would still like to choose wood hoops, most drum hoops are now made of either cast or stamped metal, with a flange shaped to hold the head on the shell for tensioning. 

Tension rod

Tension rods mount through holes in the hoop and thread into the lug to maintain the desired tension.


Normally made of metal, a lug is mounted on the shell to receive the tension rods.


The shell has the most significant impact on the drum’s tone. While you can still find that some shells are made fiberglass, acrylic or other material, most shells are made of wood.


A vent is simply a hole that allows air pressure to be released when the drum head is struck. Not all drums have vents.

Bottom head

Also called resonant head. The resonant head of a drum set is very important to not only the attack but also the tone. In general, the resonant head is thinner than the top head.

Bottom hoop

The bottom hoop holds the bottom head on the drum. On snare drums, the bottom hoop includes slots to accommodate the snares.



Components of a Snare Drum


The snares — a series of coiled wires stretched across the bottom head — give the snare drum its characteristic “snappy” sound.

Snare strainer

This lever-and-thread device allows the drummer to adjust the snare tension and also to disengage the snares entirely from the head for a tom sound.

Snare hoop

This specialized hoop contains slots in its sides to allow the cords or straps holding the snares to pass through.


5 Best Acoustic Drum Sets for Sale

1.jpgGammon Percussion Full Size Complete Adult 5 Piece Drum Set

· Full Size Complete Drum Set with Everything Included

· Hi-Hat & Crash Cymbals Sticks Stool Stands all Included

· Everything You Need To Play Professonial Size Set - Nothing Else To Buy

· High Gloss Black Finish - Chain Driven Pedals

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2.jpgPearl Roadshow RS525SC/C707 5-Piece Drum Set

· Item may ship in more than one box and may arrive separately

· Spotlight's bass drum, tom toms, and snare feature a 9-ply Poplar shell for optimum tonal power.

· Hardware Included

· Cymbals Included

· Matching Snare



3.jpgYamaha Stage Custom Birch 5pc Drum Shell Pack

· Included Drums: 20x17 kick, 10x7 rack tom, 12x8 rack tom, 14x13 floor tom, 14x5.5 snare

· Included Hardware: TH-945B 3-hole receiver with (2) YESS tom mounts, (3) floor tom legs

· 100% birch drum shells with air seal system

· 45-Degree bearing edges and Absolute-style lugs

· No cymbals, stands, or kick pedal, or throne included



4.jpgSonor SSE 12 SAFARI C1 RGS 4-Piece Safari Drum Set 

· 16 X 16 Inhces Bass Drum, 10 X 8 Inhces Tom Tom, 14 X 12 Inhces Floor Tom, 14 X 5 Inhces Snare Drum

· A 45 Degree Bearing Edge which is an important component of the signature SONOR sound.

· Tune Safe lugs from SONOR

· Cross-laminated shells for superior stiffness, sonically pleasing resonance and spectacular tone.



5.jpgMAPEX RB5294FTCDK Rebel 5-Piece Drum Set

· Rebel Double Braced Hardware

· New Mapex Lug Design

· Remo Self Muffling Bass Drum Head

· Equipped with Cymbals, Throne and Sticks


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