Cheap drums for beginners seem to be a no-brainer: You just want to start out on a small buck and see if you like to learn the drum set.
Fact is, you don’t want to spend too much as a newbie behind the kit.
Also, it could be that you simply don’t have a lot of money for buying a drum set. That also is a damn good reason for choosing an affordable kit.
No matter which reason you have looking for cheap drums:
It’s totally understandable.
On the other hand, I’m a drum teacher. So I need to state this too:
Don’t compromise too much when purchasing a drum kit.
Psst ... That's what this article is about
Cheap drums for beginners: What you have to consider
You know, I love to get cashback or other discounts.
I mean: Most people do, right? At least if the circumstances are appropriate.
On the other hand, discounts or low prices in general often come with a drop of bitterness: It’s likely that you don’t get the full service.
It’s the same with cheap drums for beginners:
Yes, it’s a full drum set. But the quality might not be that good. So yes, you can definitely learn to play the drums on a very affordable kit.
I did this too and NO, my current drums are way from being freaking expensive.
I managed to get the best quality for my money. For example, I do play an Iron Cobra double bass pedal. Those are not cheap, but I would have never settled for anything less.
I simply needed a reliable pedal – and I do more than ever now.
That’s the thing to consider:
Cheap drums for beginners might cost you double.
Here in Germany, we have a saying:
Wenn Du billig kaufst, kaufst Du zweimal.
If you settle for a really cheap product, you have to spend money twice.
Cheap drums for beginners can of course be of an agreeable quality. But let’s be honest: You have to compromise somewhere.
And if your drum kit doesn’t work or sound properly, you will get frustrated sooner or later.
It’s simply not that much fun to practice on a kit that doesn’t sound right. Or feel right. Or falls apart while you’re playing.
So I’d rather save more money and buy a more quality drum set later. You don’t need to start out with a full kit, after all.
Good equipment as a basis for great drumming skills
You know, I’m not a drum gear freak. That’s something you’re definitely aware of if you’ve visited one of my YouTube channels.
As I said before, I truly believe that the drummer makes the kit sound good – not vice versa.
On the other hand, there’s a huge but:
To be able to sound good on cheap drums, you have to sharpen your drumming skills first.
This might and most of the time will take a long time. Long like years and even decades.
I doubt you’ll be dedicated to practice hours on end on a not so nice drum kit.
What if you don’t enjoy
- its sound,
- looks or
Will you become great with this musical companion? I’m an optimistic person, you know. But you might guess my answer …
So yes, a quality drum kit helps you to become the drummer you want to be.
But it’s not the reason why you rock. It just helps you get there because it makes practicing more enjoyable, relaxed and therefore efficient for you.
Cheap drums for beginners with a bad quality are not likely to simplify your time behind the kit. So that’s another thing you should consider before your purchase.
How to get cheap drums for beginners AND a great quality
Have you ever thought of buying a drum kit second hand or used? That’s something I highly recommend if you
- want to save money and
- get yourself some quality equipment.
Also, it’s great for Mother Nature.
The thing is: There are so many used drum sets you can buy out there.
Even huge music shops like Guitar Center offer a wide range of second hand acoustic drums for example.
You could also buy one from eBay or Craigslist if you know what to look for in a second hand drum kit.
So instead of being forced to compromise on purchasing new cheap drums for beginners, you could instead look for used equipment with a better quality.
I’ve been able to benefit from doing so hugely in the past. Also, I always recommend this to my students.
Think of it like this:
A drum set is used when you play it. The same goes for a new car driving down the street for the first time.
That’s a thing, right?
Of course, the decision is up to you.
Whether you buy new or used cheap drums for beginners – just make sure they meet your needs.
By doing so, they will help you learn to play the drums. And that’s something you should be definitely be looking for in any musical equipment.
PS: What do you think of cheap drums for beginners? Do you prefer new ones, or do you also like used gear?