The best drum kits in the world today

Q Drum Co Copper drum kit

 pound 2 599

£2,599

MusicRadar's Verdict

Striking looks, powerful warm sound and exceptional dynamic range courtesy of the riveted copper shells combined with the excellent maple edges.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Q Drum Co Copper drum kit review

Sakae Almighty drum kit

 pound 2 700

£2,700

MusicRadar's Verdict

Uncompromising in design, build, looks and sound, Sakae's Almighty Maple is appropriately named. It's an unambiguously pro spec kit and the level of quality it offers justifies the asking price.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Sakae Almighty review

Tama Starclassic Bubinga kit

 pound 2 799

£2,799

MusicRadar’s verdict:

"Tama's reputation suggests that it would never rush into a decision and a great deal of preparation has clearly taken place before the transferral of the production of one of its flagship lines to China. It has all the components of a fully-fledged pro kit - solid build, quality components, careful detailing and amazing sounds - just like the more expensive kit it replaced."

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Tama Starclassic Bubinga drum kit review

Guru Drumworks kit

 pound 2 848

£2,848

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Guru offers a great range of exotic timbers from sustainable sources. Prices are realistic and a one-off boutique kit is an increasingly attractive alternative.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Guru Drumworks Kit review

Jalapeno V-L Series drum kit

 pound 3 000

£3,000

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Pricewise it's up there with some of the most prestigious brands, but it competes well in quality and sound terms. Considering the hours spent creating the kit, it's a steal.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Jalapeno V-L Series drum kit review

Mapex Black Panther Widow drum kit

 pound 3 208

£3,208

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Drums have to be special to join Mapex's Black Panther range and the Black Widow kit definitely fulfils the entry requirements.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Mapex Black Panther Widow drum kit review

Pearl Masters Premium Legend drum kit

 pound 3 225

£3,225

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Pearl's expertise is all over this solidly-constructed, great looking and exquisite-sounding kit.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Pearl Masters Premium Legend drum kit review

Gretsch Broadkaster

 pound 3 261

£3,261

MusicRadar's Verdict

Gretsch has finally gone and done it. Built a lovingly faithful reproduction of its most sought-after three-ply round-badge era Broadkasters, with wise option of period or modern hardware.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Gretsch Broadkaster drum kit review

Guru Drumworks Walnut kit with Oak snares

 pound 3 900

£3,900

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Genuinely personal, bespoke drums made with love to truly brilliant standards. What Guru offers is real individual custom-drum building - with a price to match.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Guru Drumworks Walnut kit with Oak snares review

Liberty Drums Maple Shell Pack

 pound 3 954

£3,954

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Even in this continuing recession, it seems there is little to dampen our thriving custom UK drum industry. The level of build quality is excellent with some beautiful machining/finishing on those particularly thin shells.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Liberty Drums Maple Shell Pack review