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Black Friday drum deals 2019: The latest deals and where to find the biggest savings on drum and percussion gear

Black Friday drum deals 2019: The latest deals and where to find the biggest savings on drum and percussion gear
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Black Friday 2019 is fast approaching, and with it comes a veritable fiesta of deals for musicians. When it comes to Black Friday deals for drummers, there are always savings to be made, whether you’re after a new Zildjian cymbal, some fresh Evans drum heads, a DW bass drum pedal or a new Roland electronic drum set.

Black Friday isn’t isolated to just one day though. In fact, deals will start rolling in from now right up until Christmas, but it’s around Black Friday when things hit fever pitch. This year, Black Friday itself is Friday 29 November, stretching across the weekend into Cyber Monday on December 2. This is known as Cyber Weekend.

The best pre-Black Friday drum deals

Roland TD-17KV e-kit: just $1,199.99, with a FREE drum mat
The TD-17 range hits the sweet spot in Roland’s V-drums range for features, sound and playing experience at an affordable price. Today, the KV edition is $129 off and comes complete with a free drum mat. An unmissable deal!View Deal

Roland TD-25K: $1,999.99 @Sweetwater + free $200 gift card
This e-kit deal is an absolute steal, considering it was originally $2,778.99. A cutting-edge piece of kit for home practice and home recording, the TD-25K features all the power of Roland’s flagship drums in an affordable package. You can use your $200 gift card to pick up some sticks, headphones or a new amp, too!View Deal

KAT Percussion KTMP1 drum pad: $20 off @Sweetwater
Kickstart your exploration of hybrid drumming for less than $100 right now with KAT’s versatile, budget percussion pad. Cue one of the 50 built-in sounds, play with sticks or hands and connect a kick drum trigger and a hi-hat controller for hours of experimentation.View Deal

Alesis Command Mesh: was $699, now $599 @Guitar Center
This four star-rated electronic drum set is well worth exploring if you're looking for a capable kit for home practice, or your first drum set that will grow with you. It a features on our best electronic drum sets guide, too.

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Alesis Nitro Mesh bundle: was $599, now $399.95 @Amazon
This excellent electronic drum set bundle includes apair of drumsticks, Samson SR350 Headphones and a 10ft Hosa 3.5mm interconnect cable for hooking up a music player. What more do you need to start playing drums today?

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Roland V-Drums TD-17KV Electronic Drum Set: $79.99 off!
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.View Deal

Where can I find the best Black Friday drum deals?

The simple answer is ‘everywhere!’. We know how unhelpful that is, so the best place to start is your favourite music retailer. For example, we predict that the Guitar Center Black Friday deal bonanza is going to be particularly special this year, with other retailers like Sweetwater, Thomann and Musician’s Friend following suit. If you haven’t already, sign up to the mailing list of your favourite shops so you get notified on the best deals first.

It’s easy to forget that online retailers like Amazon and Walmart also sell music gear, so keep an eye out for Walmart and Amazon Black Friday drum deals too.

Ploughing through endless deals can be stressful, so if you lack the stamina, our deal hunters will be working round the clock to find the best Black Friday drum deals and publishing them right here.

If you’re in the market for new drum gear, we’d highly recommend you bookmark this page, in addition to our main Black Friday 2019 hub page. When Black Friday rolls around, these pages will be the place to find the best Black Friday music deals.

Black Friday drum deals: what to expect

So, what sort of deals can you expect? Electronic drum sets do a roaring trade around Black Friday, so if you’re a beginner drummer looking for your first e-kit, or a seasoned pro who needs a compact kit for quiet home practice, this could be a great time to scoop up a great Black Friday electronic drum set deal. 

Last year, Musician’s Friend knocked $150 off the Simmons SD350 e-kit, complete with mesh heads and the popular Roland TD-25 was dropped to just $1,599. More recently, Guitar Center slashed a massive $300 off the popular Alesis Crimson kit. These could be just the tip of the iceberg once the big hitters start arriving.

Now that the Roland TD-17 V-Drums e-kit is firmly established, we’re hoping to see some juicy deals come Black Friday. It’s listed as one of the best electronic drum sets in our recently updated buyer’s guide, so you’d be onto a winner if you managed to score one with a discount.

November could be a good time to scoop up a Black Friday acoustic drum deal, too. Whether you want to add to your snare drum collection, upgrade your cymbals, or treat yourself to a brand new drum kit, there should be a deal for you on great kits from big names like Tama, Mapex, and Pearl Drums. Black Friday is also a good opportunity to load up on useful drum accessories, like drum heads, drumsticks, drum cases, hardware and spares. On Amazon Prime Day this year you could even get your hands on a snazzy Zildjian clock.

If you come across a smoking hot deal, our main advice would be not to ponder too long on a purchase as often these deals are stock- or time-limited.

That might sound like a foolhardy approach, but don’t forget that most retailers offer hassle-free returns, meaning you can purchase an item when it’s a good price, then give it a whirl in the privacy of your home. If it’s not for you, you should be fine to return it. Of course, always read the fineprint of the retailer’s return policy before pulling the trigger.

How can I prepare for Black Friday?

Start drawing up your wishlist today, starting with what you need as opposed to what you want. That way you can avoid getting caught up in deal mania, spending all your cash and ending up with a practice room filled with drum gear you won’t use.

Take a look at your favourite brands and see what fits the bill. Had your eye on something for a couple of years? It could be due a price-drop for Black Friday.

What are you drumming goals for the next year? Perhaps an electronic drum set will help you achieve that? Or maybe a new cymbal will help you expand your creative expression behind the kit?

Whatever your needs, our expert buyer’s guides should help you zero in on the Black Friday drum deals you really need.

Last year’s Black Friday drum deal highlights

Pearl Roadshow 5-pc kit w/cymbals, now $549.99
Last Black Friday you could save $150 on this complete 5-Piece Pearl drum kit that came complete with hardware and Zildjian Planet Z cymbals.

Roland TD-25K electronic drum set, reduced to $1,599
This was a seriously tasty saving (it was previously $1,999.99) on this highly-regarded Roland electronic drum kit at Sam Ash.

Save an incredible $380 on the Ludwig Element Evolution
The 5-piece Ludwig Element Evolution 22" in White Sparkle came with Zildjian ZBT cymbals (14" hi-hats, 16" crash and 20" ride) and hardware, all for $699 at Walmart last Black Friday.

Save $200 on a 9-piece Alesis Command X Mesh e-kit
The excellent pads alone made this a worthy contender for the Black Friday drum deal of 2018 at just $599. The range of sounds and sample playback functionality made this a top buy.

Save 15% on Sabian HHX B20 cast bronze cymbal set
Sabian's well-established HHX range is a development of the firm's HH (hand hammered) traditional approach to cymbal smithing, and was dirt cheap on Black Friday 2018.

$701 off Roland TD-50KV @Sweetwater - now $7,227
Any saving on Roland's flagship kit is worth considering, but this massive $701 discount made the kit even more palatable on Black Friday with a drop to $7,227.

Yamaha DTX432K e-kit for just $499 @ Guitar Center
A rock-solid option for beginner drummers who are serious about progressing. This kit was a steal at $499 on Black Friday.

Gretsch Catalina Maple with free 8-inch tom, from $849
You could have bagged yourself a 6-piece Gretsch shell pack with a free 8-inch tom last Black Friday. Prices started at just $849 (original price $999).

Simmons SD350 starter e-drums with mesh heads, $150 off
If you were thinking of buying a drum kit for a beginner, then this Musician’s Friend deal for the Simmons SD350 was worth exploring. The price was dropped to $274.97 with 35% off.

43% off beyerdynamic DT770 PRO headphones @ Sam Ash
The DT770 PRO closed reference headphone, designed for critical listening and sound monitoring were dropped to $159.77. That was $119.23 off the original list price.