This set sounds surprisingly good and the tones are pleasant. We are not saying that you can compare it to the Pearl Roadshow or the Tampa Imperial star and you aren’t going to be gigging any time soon with it, but at its price point it is a bit of a revelation given what we have come to expect of these extreme budget packs.
Shells and Heads:Hardware and Cymbals:Sound:Value: As we mentioned the shell construction is pretty decent and whilst the heads are not, they can be easily and inexpensively replaced. Once changed and tuned correctly the toms are quite bright and crisp, without too many unwanted overtones.
The snare is wonderful, it is punchy, and it pops with great attack. You would be right for the bass pedal, it feels a bit cheap and flimsy, but it is easy to replace if necessary.
Product OptionS elect an optioning Redbrick View More Stores for Availability And to help put it all together, Rogue includes a drum key and an easy-to-follow assembly manual.
In this article we will discuss some of the best acoustic drum sets which are available to buy today in 2021. As you might already know, a drum set can cost anything from a couple of hundred dollars to almost $10,000 depending on the quality and brand.
In this article we will cater to all budgets from inexpensive drum kits to professional-level sets. If on the other hand you want to purchase an acoustic drum set with hardware included, then you needn’t worry.
Some drum sets on our list even come with cymbals as part of the deal. Tampa Imperial star 6-Piece Pearl Roadshow 5-Piece PDP Player 5-Piece Jr.
Their kits are used by many professional drummers including Lars Ulrich of Metallica. The Imperial star 6-piece drum set comes complete with cymbals and hardware.
The kit is available in six cool colors and all shells are made from poplar. Image credit: Tampa Check Price on Sweetwater Great value.
One of the best sounding drum sets, and the most expensive on our list, is the DW Collector’s Series. Of course if you want to buy a high-end drum set like the Collector’s Series with hardware, there are many stores who will supply pre-packaged bundles so that you don’t need to go shopping for individual hardware parts.
DW has come up with new grading system to distinguish between different grains of wood. Each drum comes with graduated hoops which make for crisp and clean attack.
These hoops can also be customized in color from chrome to gold to Matt black, and more. Image credit: DW Check Price on Sweetwater Quality drums.
The real selling point of DW Collector’s Series drums is the sound. The drums are quite heavy, especially in mahogany, but this is largely down to the quality metals used in the hardware.
This range from DW truly is the Rolls-Royce of acoustic drum sets. If you’re looking for a good acoustic drum set to get playing on right away then this 5-piece from Pearl is a great option.
The ‘New Fusion’ Roadshow drum set comes with hardware and cymbals. This is a nice size for rock, pop, and yes, even fusion music.
This Roadshow drum set is full-size, so it’s ideal for adults or older children. The snare stand is adjustable, so it can accommodate different size drums.
There is a Pearl bass drum pedal, which is chain driven for extra durability. This is a single pedal and connects easily to the hoop of the bass drum.
This is one of Pearl’s most basic lines in hardware but, with that said, the quality is quite high. The sound from the cymbals is not amazing but perfect for beginners to learn on.
Image credit: Pearl Check Price on Sweetwater Great value. If you’d like to experiment with drum sizes you can choose from some other Pearl options in this line.
Such a smaller drum set might suit a junior player and the price is over $100 less than the Roadshow ‘New Fusion’. The PDP Player 5-Piece has been designed to be playable for children of ages 3 upwards.
The upper age really depends on the individual child, but around 7 or 8 years old is a good estimate. The two rack toms are mounted to the bass drum and can be raised or lowered to suit the player.
Like the snare the bass drum is smaller and comes in at 18 inches in diameter. Image credit: PDP Check Price on Sweetwater Sturdy and reliable.
PDP produce decent drum shells and robust hardware which should see even the most ardent drummers through their early career. Their name has long been associated with quality and the Element Evolution stays true to that reputation.
With the Element Evolution, there is an extra floor tom thrown in for good measure. The sizes of the toms are (in order of the smallest diameter to largest) 10, 12, 14 and 16 inches.
This kit comes with stock factory heads, but it is recommended that you swap them out with a decent new set to achieve their full sound potential. Image credit: Ludwig Check Price on Sweetwater Has two cymbals and stands along with hi hats.
The Element Evolution by Ludwig is one of the highest-rated acoustic drum sets on the market. It’s cheap, when it comes to price, but value for money considering the complete package.
This drum set would really suit the drummer who likes big kits. Maple has traditionally been reserved for high-end professional-level drum sets, so it’s great to see it available here at such a low price.
Image credit: Pearl Check Price on Sweetwater Lots of drums for your buck. At the price of around $1000 it gives the more expensive drum sets on our list a run for their money.
Image credit: Apex Check Price on Amazon Good quality drums. The drums are well-built and nicely balanced with each other in terms of tone.
Wretch make quality instruments, from drums to guitar. Image credit: Wretch Check Price on Sweetwater 6-ply maple shells.
For an example, check out Sting’s famous track ‘Seven Days’, played by drumming legend Minnie Lolita, here. This is a nifty shell pack for any drummer that wants quality drums on a shoestring.
There’s no hardware, as per standard with shell packs, but Yamaha have included the required tom mount which fits on the bass drum. Image credit: Yamaha Check Price on Sweetwater Toms are quite shallow which may not be to all tastes.
Stage Customs are good drum sets and offer great value. Birch typically has more attack and high end than your average maple drum.
Ultimately, if you want a birch drum set and the sizes appeal to you, then dive in! Acrylic drum kits were made popular in the 1970s by drummers such as John Botham from Led Zeppelin and Keith Moon from The Who.
This type of drum set is popular among rock drummers, as the extra volume means they can easily keep up with loud guitarists and huge stacks of amplifiers. Some would say this limits the versatility of acrylic drum sets, but if you like the sound and look, then let that be the deciding factor.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading about some top acoustic drum sets to buy. Beginner drummers will most likely want to buy a drum kit with everything included.
In most cases, when starting out, it is a good idea to purchase a drum set with hardware included. The Pearl Roadshow and the Tampa Imperial star on our list are both perfect for these reasons.
There are many companies who cater to top-end drummers, such as DW, Pearl, Yamaha, Wretch, Ludwig and others. Most of these top drum brands will offer the same selection in wood shells, from maple to birch, and yes even acrylic options.
When it comes to customization, DW offers the most options when designing your ideal kit. Their kits sound amazing and are known for their craftsmanship, but they really excel with finishing and attention to detail.
DW started out as a hardware company, building the likes of bass drum pedals and stands, and eventually moved into making acoustic drum shells.