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Black Friday drum deals 2022

Black Friday drum deals 2022
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As quickly as it came, Black Friday is over again for another year. But don't panic if you haven't pulled the trigger on a killer drum bargain yet, as there are plenty of bargains still to be had - and we've rounded up all the best still-live ones for you, right here.

Best Black Friday drum deals 2021

The biggest retailers are where you should start when looking for the Black Friday deals that are still live - with Guitar Center being the first place we'd recommend. They're still offering massive savings on drum gear from Roland, Alesis, Tama, Gretsch & more until Nov 28th, and 15% off qualifying gear with the code blackfriday15 until Nov 29th

Musician's Friend slashing up to  15% off qualifying items with the discount code BLACK FRIDAY (until November 28th) and Sweetwater knocking an almighty 70% off select drum equipment until November 27th - that's today - so don't hang about! 

With so many deals looking to end soon, we're looking forward to seeing what the Cyber Monday drum deals have in store for us.

For those who aren't aware, Black Friday is one of the biggest sales events of the whole year, so drum retailers across the globe are dropping prices on some of the best cymbals from Zildjian, Sabian or Meinl,  the best electronic drum sets, some fresh Remo or Evans drum heads or a DW bass drum pedal.

Long story short, there have been (and will be) a lot of Black Friday drum deals floating around, and that volume of deals can be overwhelming. We're here to help you work your way through the barrage of bargains and find the perfect deal for you. All the best deals will be featured here, so you won't miss out on anything.

Black Friday drum deals: Quick links

Black Friday drum deals: Top deals

Alesis Nitro Mesh Expanded Electronic Drum Kit: $419,
Killer e-kit deal

Alesis Nitro Mesh Expanded Electronic Drum Kit: $419, was $499
We've already crowned the standard Nitro Mesh "the best electronic drum set for value" and this expanded edition adds one extra tom and one extra cymbal, now at a very attractive price.

Alesis Command X Mesh e-kit: $899

Alesis Command X Mesh e-kit: $899, $629
Alesis is one of the very best when it comes to Black Friday deals - and this Command X with all-mesh heads is no exception to the rule - with $270 off at Musicians Friend. A second crash cymbal included means your creativity can flourish even more than before, and the Advanced Drum Module enables you to explore even more sounds, kits, training functions and backing tracks. 

Alesis Nitro Mesh SE: $379

Alesis Nitro Mesh SE: $379,$299
This special edition Alesis Nitro Mesh proves that it's possible for great e-kits to be affordable. You get tunable mesh heads here instead of cheap-feeling rubber, which feel closer to playing an acoustic drum set, while keeping the noise down to a minimum. This already affordable e-kit has $80 off as part of Musician's Friend's current 'Doorbusters' offer.

Rogue 5-piece complete drum set: Get 15% off

Rogue 5-piece complete drum set: Get 15% off
Got a budding sticksman in the family? The Rogue 5-piece complete beginner drum set has everything they need to get started: a kick drum, snare, three toms, and hi-hat, crash and ride cymbals. It also includes a comfy drum throne and all the hardware they’ll need to get set up. And at a 15% discount when you use the code BLACKFRIDAY, you can now get this sweet drum kit for less.

Black Friday drum deals: Electronic drum set deals

Simmons SD1200 with mesh pads: $999.99
Flagship reduced

Simmons SD1200 with mesh pads: $999.99, $799.99
Here's Simmons' top tier drum kit at a bargain basement price. Guitar Center has discounted this kit by $200, so you're getting a good grand's worth of premium mesh head kit for only 799 bucks. Sounds like a good deal to us.

Alesis Nitro Mesh Expanded Electronic Drum Kit: $419,

Alesis Nitro Mesh Expanded Electronic Drum Kit: $419, was $499
We've already crowned the standard Nitro Mesh "the best electronic drum set for value" and this expanded edition adds one extra tom and one extra cymbal, now at a very attractive price.

Alesis Command X Mesh e-kit: $899

Alesis Command X Mesh e-kit: $899, $629
Alesis is one of the very best when it comes to Black Friday deals - and this Command X with all-mesh heads is no exception to the rule - with $270 off at Musicians Friend. A second crash cymbal included means your creativity can flourish even more than before, and the Advanced Drum Module enables you to explore even more sounds, kits, training functions and backing tracks. 

Alesis Nitro Mesh SE: $379

Alesis Nitro Mesh SE: $379,$299
This special edition Alesis Nitro Mesh proves that it's possible for great e-kits to be affordable. You get tunable mesh heads here instead of cheap-feeling rubber, which feel closer to playing an acoustic drum set, while keeping the noise down to a minimum. This already affordable e-kit has $80 off as part of Musician's Friend's current 'Doorbusters' offer.

Roland TD-07KVX: $1,599.99

Roland TD-07KVX: $1,599.99, now $1,199.99
With mesh snare and tom pads, acoustic-style hi-hat mounting, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and 25 excellent kit presets, the TD-07KVX is the top of its range. Don't settle for a generic electronic set this Black Friday, this is the best e-kit deal we've seen so far. 

Rogue 5-piece complete drum set: Get 15% off

Rogue 5-piece complete drum set: Get 15% off
Got a budding sticksman in the family? The Rogue 5-piece complete beginner drum set has everything they need to get started: a kick drum, snare, three toms, and hi-hat, crash and ride cymbals. It also includes a comfy drum throne and all the hardware they’ll need to get set up. And at a 15% discount when you use the code BLACKFRIDAY, you can now get this sweet drum kit for less.

Alesis Surge Drum Kit: 15% off with code 'holiday'

Alesis Surge Drum Kit: 15% off with code 'holiday'
The Alesis Surge comes fully loaded with 40 drum kits (24 preset kits + 16 user kits), over 385 sounds, 60 play-along tracks, and a built-in metronome - it really has everything you need to learn the drums - and with 15% off with code ‘holiday’, you have no excuse not to start playing. 

Alesis Nitro Mesh bundle: Was $449.99, now $382.49

Alesis Nitro Mesh bundle: Was $449.99, now $382.49
If you're just starting out, you can't go wrong with out favourite beginner electronic drum set. This one comes bundled with sticks, throne and headphone - everything you need to get playing. Save 15% off with the code music15 at Guitar Center, dropping the price by $67.50.

Black Friday drum deals: Acoustic drum set deals

Barton Drums Essential Birch 3pc: 15% off

Barton Drums Essential Birch 3pc: 15% off
Barton Drums, a relative newcomer to the world of acoustic kits, makes some killer stuff. 7-ply Birch shells bring back the sound of the '70s and '80s, with 45-degree bearing edges bringing out the punchy, powerful characteristics that make Birch such a versatile drum-building material. These kits are available in Pismo and Tiki Bartex finishes, and with 15% off with the discount code BLACKFRIDAY, these kits have never looked better.

Black Friday drum deals: Snare drum deals

Yamaha Stage Custom Steel Snare 14"x6.5": Save 15%

Yamaha Stage Custom Steel Snare 14"x6.5": Save 15%
Yamaha drums are some of the very best in the business. Their value for money is hard to beat, and with 15% off this Stage Custom Steel snare when you use the discount code BLACKFRIDAY, you'll have a killer steel snare for less. Combined, the steel shell and 6.5" depth deliver a bright, punchy and fat snare tone that'll cater for the vast majority of musical scenarios.

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Pork Pie Big Black Snare: 15% off
Changing up the snare on your kit is a very effective way of mixing up your sound, and why not do that with the Pork Pie Big Black Brass Snare. This gorgeous sounding drum comes with retro-style tube lugs, a lightweight brass shell and is finished in stunning black chrome - and better yet, you can bag 15% off with code BLACKFRIDAY at Musician's Friend. 

Black Friday drum deals: Drumstick deals

Vic Firth Drumstick Packs: 4 for the price of 3

Vic Firth Drumstick Packs: 4 for the price of 3
Every drummer will tell you that you can never have too many pairs of sticks. Luckily for you, now you can bulk buy your favourite American Classic 5A's or 5B's and save money doing so. This Black Friday deal is a great opportunity to stock up, so what are you waiting for?

Black Friday drum deals: Cymbal deals

Sabian AAX Concept 17" Crash Cymbal: $239, $119

Sabian AAX Concept 17" Crash Cymbal: $239, $119
Drummers will know that you can never have enough cymbals in your setup, and the 17" AAX Concept Crash is one you won't want to pass up on. Made from B20 Bronze, it's bright, cutting and powerful and will punch through any mix. Save 50% at Sweetwater now.

Black Friday drum deals: Drum head deals

Evans Hydraulic Red 4-pc Tom Pack: $57.99

Evans Hydraulic Red 4-pc Tom Pack: $57.99, $39.99
Use Sweetwater's Black Friday deals to spruce up your drum set, with $18 off this set of 10/12/16 Hydraulic heads. They bring that classic '70s thuddy drum tone that can't be beaten - and if that's not enough, there's a free 14" UV1 coated snare head thrown in the mix for you.

Black Friday drum deals: Software deals

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40% off Toontrack EZX Expansions: was $79, now $47
Sweetwater has taken its scissors to the price of 38 awesome Toontrack EZX Expansion packs in the run-up to Black Friday. Expand your sound collection with everything from blues and jazz, rock and metal, funk and soul and beyond with these fantastic deals and save while you can!

CLA Drums: Was $99
70% off!

CLA Drums: Was $99, now $29.99
Want your drum mixes to sound like they've won Grammys? The CLA drum plugin, designed in collaboration with Chris Lord-Alge, features six different modes and presets for bass EQ, treble EQ, compression and reverb - as well as nearly endless tweakable options. Get a radio-ready rock drum sound for only $29.99 with Waves' Black Friday offer.

When will the Black Friday drum deals land?

2021's Black Friday drum deals will officially come to fruition on Friday November 26th - the day after Thanksgiving. With less than a month between Black Friday and Christmas, stocking up on Christmas presents is how most people utilise their Black Friday and Cyber Weekend - with Monday 29th November seeing a slew of Cyber Monday drum deals for you tub thumpers out there. 

Last years festivities would imply that Friday 26th won't be the only time to pick up some killer deals. Most of the best Black Friday drum deals will pop up around the middle of October, some even earlier. Many of the deals will remain valid until the end of the year, too.

Obviously, we all want bargains - so during this Black Friday/Cyber Monday period we'd keep our eyes peeled, looking to strike on a great drum deal. It's worth noting that as Black Friday is now a global event, discounts and sales may start and end at random times of the day (or night) - so watch your favourite retailers and bookmark this page too. We'll be keeping you up to date with the cheapest prices on the gear you want!

What Black Friday drum deals should I expect?

Throughout the next few months, we'll be keeping an eye on the biggest drum retailers. Last year we saw our Guitar Center Black Friday deals and Musician's Friend Black Friday deals hubs going wild, with a huge influx of drum gear bargains. This year, we're expecting to see some deals of equal measure on everything from cymbals and drum sets, to accessories, sticks, and more.

Black Friday is one of the best ever opportunities to grab a great drum bargain. Last year, we were blown away with the incredible savings, with Sweetwater knocking nearly $800 off this solid Sonor 2000 Series drum hardware pack, and $300 off the Roland TD-07KV electronic drum set. These were just two of our highlights from last year, and we'll be seeing some deals of the same calibre this time round too.

For those of us who prefer the software side of things, Sweetwater also slashed Steven Slate Drums SSD5 down from $149 to just $59. We're expecting plenty more software and home recording deals to spice up your mixes from now until the big day.

Between us, we've spent a long time covering Black Friday drum deals, so you can rest assured that we'll be feeding you the very best deals on the drum gear of your wildest dreams. 

Electronic drum kits always hot tickets items on Black Friday, and we've compiled this feature covering 5 reasons to pick up an e-kit on Black Friday.

Black Friday drum deals: Discounts and Coupons

Black Friday drum deals aren't always single products with hundreds knocked off the price. Some retailers opt for discounts that can be redeemed through a discount code - a code which can often be used on a wide range of products.

As an example, last year Sweetwater were offering up to 80% off a range of drum gear, as well as some guitars, amps and effects. Guitar Center and Musician's Friend were offering up to 15% off drum accessories, and Adorama offered tasty discounts on drumsticks bought in bulk. 

How to prepare for the Black Friday drum sales

The best way to prepare for the impending Black Friday drum deals is to get your research done sooner rather than later. That way, you'll know exactly what you're looking for, and can jump on a great deal as soon as you spot it. 

Thankfully, that's something we can help you with. It's worth familiarising yourself with our expert buying guides and reviews - they should arm you with all the knowledge you need in order to buy the best drum gear for you at an unbeatable price. 

Black Friday isn't just a drum sale, keep in mind. There are bargains to be had on oodles of cool tech - iPads, iPhones and laptops for music production to name a few. You can pick up the odd mattress, fridge-freezer, car air freshener or a funky face covering too - but we'll just stick to the drum deals for now.

Black Friday drum deals: What happened last year?

Last year's Black Friday drum deals were nothing short of spectacular, with electronic drum sets especially doing a roaring trade. We saw some tasty discounts, with Sweetwater slashing $300 off the Roland TD-07KV, and Guitar Center knocking a delightful $60 off a Special Edition Alesis Nitro Mesh. 

For those who prefer to make a bit more noise, Guitar Center discounted a five-piece Ludwig Backbeat acoustic drum kit by $100, and Sweetwater dished out the PDP New Yorker for only $399, saving you a substantial $267. 

We're expecting to see many more drum deals like these come round for Black Friday 2021, as well as deals on drumsticks, accessories and more. Here are a few more offers from last year to give you some idea of what you can expect this time round.

Last year's top Black Friday electronic drum set deals

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Roland TD-1K: Was $599, now $499, save $100 at Sweetwater
If you're just starting out with the drums, this kit comes highly recommended. It comes with the Roland seal of quality, great pads and hardware, plus a module loaded with learning tools.

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Roland TD-17KV e-kit: Was $1,599, now $1,299, save $300
This is one of Roland's finest e-kits to date. Highlights include the mesh snare and toms, but it's the revolutionary TD-17 module which is the real winner. On-board you'll find a sound engine based on the TD-50, plus the ability to stream songs and MIDI over Bluetooth. Grab a bargain today at Sweetwater.

Last year's top Black Friday acoustic drum set deals

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Ludwig Backbeat 5-piece kit: $429.99, now $329.99, save $100
Get your stocking rocking with this great deal on a Ludwig Backbeat drum set, complete with cymbals, hardware, a stool and sticks from Guitar Center! You'll be able to start playing straight out of the box, plus it's available in Black sparkle, Wine Red Sparkle, or Metallic Silver Sparkle finishes!

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PDP New Yorker kit: Was $666.99, now $399, save $267
As far as mini kits for small venues and compact spaces go, the PDP New Yorker is a fantastic choice. Read our full PDP New Yorker review here. It's available at Sweetwater today for $399 in stunning Black Onyx, Electric Green & Pale Rose Sparkle finishes.

Last year's top Black Friday drum software deals

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Steven Slate Drums SSD5: Was $149, now $59, save $90
Build your tracks on solid foundations with SSD5. You’ll have access to hundreds of precisely sampled sounds from some of the biggest names in drum gear, as well as 1,000 preset grooves. Who wouldn’t want better sounding drums for only $59?

Last year's top Black Friday cymbals deals

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Meinl Cymbals HCS Series Three Pack: Was $185, now $99.99
A superb pack for beginners, this Sam Ash deal gives you a HCS Series 14” Hi-hat, a Series 14” Crash, and a 10” Splash for under $100. You’ll also get a free 10” Splash, free Pro-Mark 5A Sticks, and a coupon code for three free drum lessons.

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Zildjian 18" S Series Rock Crash: Was $267, now $144.95
Round out your kit with a versatile crash that shines for rock, pop, and funk. The Zildjian S Series 18" Rock Crash is made of B12 bronze for full body, controlled bite, and bell-like sustain. This crash is a solid step up into the intermediate cymbal range. Take a look at Sweetwater.

Last year's top Black Friday drum hardware deals

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Sonor 2000 Series LT hardware pack: $1,059, now $259.99
Sonor is know for making some of the best hardware around. This pack comprises a hi-hat stand, bass drum pedal, snare stand and a pair of cymbal stands. With almost $800 off at Sweetwater, this is an absolute steal.

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