The best drum kits in the world today

DW Performance Series drum kit

 pound 1 780

£1,780

MusicRadar’s verdict:

DW seems to have got the Performance Series spot on. The kit is located firmly in pro territory; the standard of the shells and components is unquestionably high and the usual DW details abound. While being distinctive enough to stand alone from other DW products they are clearly DW drums. Without testing the drums alongside a custom DW kit it's hard to say how they differ tonally, but the sheer quality of the sound they produce is on the money.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: DW Performance Series drum kit review

Spaun Custom drum kit

 pound 1 799

£1,799

MusicRadar’s verdict:

For a custom drum-maker, moving into more affordable pastures is a tricky manoeuvre to pull off without diminishing the brand's core qualities and reputation. The TL kit succeeds because it feels and sounds every inch a Spaun set of drums - the design, attention to detail and performance is unmistakable.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Spaun TL Series Drum Kit

Gretsch Brooklyn drum kit

 pound 2 050

£2,050

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Built in the USA, Gretsch's new Brooklyn mixes the vintage and the new in a pleasing cocktail that offers a real alternative pro-line Gretsch at a more competitive price.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Gretsch Brooklyn drum kit review

Yamaha Live Custom drum kit

 pound 2 058

£2,058

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Built with Yamaha's usual attention to detail, the Live Custom is a powerful new addition to the market.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Yamaha Live Custom drum kit review

Mapex Black Panther Collection Retrosonic drum kit

 pound 2 069

£2,069

MusicRadar’s verdict:

A kit that's thoroughly modern in construction but with a vintage appeal.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Mapex Black Panther Collection Retrosonic drum kit review

Sonor Vintage drum kit

 pound 2 178

£2,178

MusicRadar's Verdict

With its beech shells, rounded bearing edges, Superprofil hoops and teardrop lugs, Sonor's Vintage Series recalls a fondly- remembered defining period in the German company's 140-year evolution.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Sonor Vintage drum kit review

Mapex Black Panther Velvetone kit

 pound 2 210

£2,210

MusicRadar’s verdict:

With three other BP kits to choose from, which one will be the most popular remains to be seen, but the Velvetone will be hard to beat. A sure-fire hit.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Mapex Black Panther Velvetone kit review

Gretsch USA Standard drum kit

 pound 2 489

£2,489

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Gretsch drums are renowned for their unique sound and charismatic design, and the USA Standard range makes them more accessible wirhout demystifying the brand.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Gretsch USA Standard drum kit review

Spaun Custom LED drum kit

 pound 2 499

£2,499

MusicRadar’s verdict:

The ultimate visual stunner from a top-notch custom drum builder.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Spaun Custom LED drum kit review

Animal Custom 2012 Series drum kit

 pound 2 550

£2,550

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Animal takes a big leap forward with the 2012 series which displays genuine craftsmanship with its thin shells, lightweight aluminium lugs and gorgeous finish. Above all, the drums sound terrific.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Animal Custom 2012 Series drum kit review