This year's Black Friday electronic drum set deals turned out to be the best we've ever seen, and while the big day's come and gone, the biggest deals are, as we speak, still live. For drummers, it's without doubt the best weekend of year to save money on an electronic drum set - the deals on this page are here to prove that.
If you're ready to get stuck in today, we'd direct you towards Sweetwater, where their massive up to 75% off Black Friday sale has large chunks of cash off e-kits from Roland and Alesis and, for the first time in memory, proper discounts on Yamaha's excellent rage of DTX kits. If you're looking to accessorise your existing e-kit, there's money off accessories, e-drum monitors and sticks, too.
There's similar to be said at Guitar Center too, where their Black Friday sale is promising savings of up to 40% off.
If you're looking for a new kit to facilitate quiet home practice, a budget e-kit as a gift for a newcomer, or a plug-and-play rig for easy home recording, this is the very best time of year to buy.
We've been covering Black Friday for a number of years now, and there's a number of seasoned drummers in our ranks who have tested the vast majority of e-kits on the market today. So, when we recommend a product, you know it's from a reliable source.
And don't, whatever you do, fail to stay tuned to our Cyber Monday electronic drum set deals 2023 hub where, come Sunday evening, you'll find the freshest and biggest deals around.
Black Friday electronic drum set deals: Quick links
Below you'll find all the best places to pick up a Black Friday electronic drum set deal today:
Black Friday electronic drum set deals: Editor's picks
We've scoured the web for the latest Black Friday e-kit deals. These are our current top picks:
Alesis Nitro Mesh SE:
Was $449, now $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 had $15 off right now at Guitar Center.
Price check: Musician's Friend $299.99
Was $699, now $559
When we reviewed the 452's sibling the DTX402, we praised its 'great sounds, engaging training tools for budding players and compact footprint'. The 452 boasts the same virtues and beginner-friendly price point, but adds upgraded pedals and a triple-zone snare drum.
Was $4,639, now $3,929
Now we're talking. The prestige 10K-M looks the part with large real wood shells adorning multi-zone mesh heads all-round, powered by Yamaha's top-end DTX PROX module, plus multi-zone cymbals and pro-quality hardware throughout. Tasty.
Alesis Strike amp 12:
Was $399, now $299
There's a chunky $100 saving on this powerful e-kit amp at Sweetwater right now. If you're sick of wearing headphones when you practice, or you want to jam with friends, this 2,000 watt powerhouse is the solution. It's also compact enough that it won't dominate a small space.
Price check: Guitar Center $299
GEWA G9 Club 5 E-drums:
Was £3,699, now £3,050
Thomann has stripped £650 off the price of the GEWA G9 Club 5 electronic drum set. The G9 is GEWA’s flagship series, and the Studio 5 sees the G9 module paired with some gorgeous-looking real wood drum shells for an authentic aesthetic and playing experience. The module features a large 10” touchscreen and inside there’s 901 sounds split into 40 kits, with space for 128 kits of your own. It’s comprehensive on the effects too, with an EQ and compressor per-pad, a multi-FX processor with 9 effects, and 12 types of room reverb. With £650 off, we don’t think we’ll see the G9 with this much discount again any time soon!
Roland SPD-SX Pro (UK deal):
Was £1,039, now £699
Roland's all-powerful new sample pad is still pretty new, but already it's discounted at Thomann! This new version includes increased trigger inputs and audio outputs, enhanced audio compatibility, some brilliant visual features, and even sequencing capabilities. For on-stage power and creativity, this is one of the best electronic drum pads around.
Roland SPD-SX Pro (US deal):
Was $1,199, now $899
For lucky US buyers, the place to grab the SPD-SX Pro is Sweetwater. This upgraded version of the already ace SPD-SX boasts a larger colour screen and nifty programmable LEDs, plus extra trigger inputs which lend it more versatility in terms of setup.
Was £4,299.99, now £3,999.99
Roland make some of the best electronic drum sets available today, but the quality and the name comes at a premium price, which is why we love to see e-kit deals on Roland gear, particularly the top-end models. The VAD504 comes complete with full size drum pads (20" kick, 14" snare, 10" and 14" toms, plus ultra dynamic digital hi-hats and ride, all powered by the TD-27 module.
Black Friday electronic drum set deals FAQ
When do the Black Friday e-kit deals start?
For 2023, the Black Friday electronic drum set deals will officially arrive on Friday November 24 - that's the day right after Thanksgiving and less than a month before Christmas Day (check out our drummer's gift guide for more inspiration). The deals will extend across that weekend (also know as Cyber Weekend), before finishing with a final flurry of Cyber Monday electronic drum set deals on Monday 27 November.
Previous experience tells us that the deals won't be isolated to just this four day period though. Many of the best Black Friday electronic drum set deals will emerge in the weeks leading up to the big day itself - in the past we've seen some land as early as October, so keep your eyes peeled. But the good money will be on major brands dropping their sales 1-2 weeks out from Black Friday itseld.
And if you miss out on a great deal during Cyber Weekend itself, many deals stick around for a while after the event, too.
Deals are launched at all sorts of random times - sometimes in the middle of the night - so savvy shoppers will need to keep a close watch on their favourite stores to ensure they grab the bargains they're looking for. Some Black Friday e-kit deals may stick around for the whole of Cyber Weekend, while others may only be live for a matter of hours, or could be stock-limited. So, if you're looking for a bargain, you need to be ready to pull the trigger. We've got more on how you can prepare further down this page.
What deals can I expect?
We’ll be keeping a close eye on the big music retailers throughout October and November. Based on last year's evidence, the Guitar Center Black Friday deals, Sweetwater Black Friday sales, and Musician's Friend Black Friday deals will be the key places to spot a killer electronic drum set deal. Amazon is worth keeping tabs on, too; they have upped their game in the e-kit price-cutting battle in recent years.
You may also find savings on products related to electronic drumming, including drum triggers, electronic drum pads and electronic drum amps and monitors. Perhaps you want to trigger alternative sounds to the ones loaded onto your module? For that, you should keep an eye out for discounts on samples packs and VSTs like Superior Drummer 3.
If you need anything else drum-related - like heads, sticks, cymbals, perhaps a new snare drum - we also have a dedicated Black Friday drum deals page.
In terms of the electronic drum set brands who consistently throw their hat into the Black Friday ring, Roland and Alesis are the top of the tree, with discounts to be found across almost their entire ranges, and at most retailers. So, whether you want money off a killer budget kit like Roland's TD-07DMK, or you're hoping to score a chunky discount off a top-end Roland VAD kit, you should be in luck come Black Friday.
For Alesis, there's always money to be saved on one of our favourite beginner electronic drum sets, the Alesis Nitro Mesh. Often these come bundled with extras such as an amp, sticks, a throne and headphones. And with the recent launch of the Alesis Nitro Max we could well see even bigger discounts on the Nitro Mesh as Alesis makes way for stock of the new model. It could be wishful thinking, but it would be amazing to see money off the Nitro Max this year too. Even a small amount off would be worth considering.
We always hold out hope to see money off Yamaha's awesome DTX series drums, particularly the new DTX 6 and 10 kits, however they don't often do e-kit discounts at this time of year. That said, last year if you bought a Yammy kit you got three months of Melodics online drum lessons thrown in, so there was some extra value added, even if you weren't saving any cash.
Elsewhere, it's not uncommon to see big savings on budget brands including Donner, Carlsboro and Thomann's own brand Millenium.
In terms of the types of deals to look out for, great deals come in all shapes and sizes...
- Single item - A single product or plugin with a great discount
- Site-wide discounts - A single discount percentage on a large range of products across a site
- Discount codes - Load your basket to a certain value and redeem a discount code for money off your basket contents
- Added value deals - These include multi-buy discounts, or additional products or software for free when you buy certain items
Are Black Friday deals worth it?
On the whole our experience of covering deals year-round tells us that Black Friday is the best time of year to find genuinely good offers on the top electronic drum brands and the widest range of offers. It's a very lucrative time for the big online retailers, so they save their best deals for this time of year.
We only cover deals that we know are decent and represent the best prices of the year, so if you're drowning in options and don't know which offers are genuinely worth your hard-earned cash, if we've not covered it on MusicRadar then it's probably a hard pass.
Do bricks and mortar shops have Black Friday sales?
Absolutely! The convenience and speed of online shopping means that often the best place to pick up deals is by heading to your favourite retailer's website, but you will find great e-kit deals in physical stores too. Basically, everyone gets involved in Black Friday price cutting.
Buying in a physical store is particularly beneficial if you want to test a piece of gear before you buy - recommended when you're planning on spending a serious amount of cash. But don't forget that your chosen store might be limited to the stock they can fit in the building and may direct you online anyway if you miss the boat in-store.
Whether you buy online or in-store, you should always check the refund policy of the place you're shopping. This will give you extra peace of mind if you're making a big purchase, or something more impulsive that you may wish to return down the line.
Here's a few pointers - based on personal experience - that will help you bag the best bargains when the time comes.
1. Create a wishlist early - The most sensible way to take advantage of this year's Black Friday electronic drum deals is to know in advance what you’re looking for. This will make searching much easier, rather than having to trawl through loads of deals you don’t want to find the ones you do, or pondering title you don't need.
2. Work out what you actually need - Check out your favourite brands, see what you need and will genuinely use - don’t waste your cash on features you'll never use. Has there been any new kits launched lately? If so, perhaps the old version will be massively discounted for Black Friday?
3. Consider your drumming goals - What do you want to achieve with your playing for the next 12 months? Do you want to record more? Practice more? Start a function band? Now could be the time to invest if the right gear comes up.
4. Streamline your current gear - Something else you should consider ahead of time is whether you have enough space in your collection for a new kit. Could you offload some gear you don't use to make room and generate funds for some new gear?
5. Sign up to mailing lists - In addition to bookmarking this page, we'd recommend signing up to mailing lists of your favourite retailers now to get the jump on the best deals when they do come around.
How we choose the deals to cover
Here at MusicRadar, we are experts in our field, with many years of playing and product testing between us. We live and breathe everything music-making, and we draw on this knowledge and experience of using products in live, recording and rehearsal scenarios when selecting the products we recommend.
First and foremost, we are players and creators, and we want to match like-minded folk with the right products for them, at the best prices.
For us to recommend a deal on an electronic drum set or anything else it has to be a product we rate that’s a genuinely great price or part of a truly fantastic bundle. It’s also important that we only recommend retailers where you will have a positive shopping experience.
Why you can trust us
We spend a lot of our time scouring software retailers for fantastic deals on our favorite plugins. Not only is it our job to research and recommend the best gear in our and reviews, but we’re also dedicated to helping musicians get the best deals on the stuff they need, too. After all, the only thing better than new gear day is a hearty discount.
We cover a lot of the big sales events throughout the year, including Memorial Day, 4th of July sales and Amazon Prime Day, and we have a good view on which products are likely to receive the biggest discounts and when, the prices they’ve been in the past and which deals are genuinely worth a look.
Black Friday electronic drum set deals: what happened last year?
Last year's Black Friday electronic drum set deals were pretty awesome, but we're hoping to see even bigger offers this year. Here's a few offers from last year to give you a flavour of what you can expect from the 2023 Black Friday e-kit bonanza.
Was $799.99, now $699.99
With mesh snare and tom pads, acoustic-style hi-hat mounting, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and 25 excellent kit presets, the TD-07DMK is the top of its range. You didn't need to settle for a generic electronic set last Black Friday, this was the best e-kit deal we saw.
Free throne worth $224.99: with select Roland kits!
Drumming is only as comfortable as the throne you park your behind on, which is why we loved this particular deal at Sweetwater. If you bought one of four select Roland kits at Sweetwater - TD-50KV2, TD-50K2, VAD506 or TD-27KV - you got a Roland Hydraulic saddle drum throne with lush velour top, for nothing!
Roland e-kit bundles: Save up to $225
Bundles are a great way to get everything you need to start playing. In addition to the kit, bundles can include everything from sticks and a throne, to headphones, a personal monitor, upgrades bass drum pedal, drum rug and more. Last year, Roland's Sweetwater bundles were awesome, including $225 off the Roland TD-27KV bundle, which includes an additional PDX-100 pad and mount.
Alesis e-kit bundles: Save up to $215
Bundles are a great way to get everything you need to start playing. In addition to the kit, bundles can include everything from sticks and a throne, to headphones, a personal monitor, upgrades bass drum pedal, drum rug and more. Last year, Alesis' bundles were awesome, including $215 off this Alesis DM10 MkII Pro bundle, which includes a DW pedal!
Simmons DA2108 Advanced Amp:
Simmons has been synonymous with electronic drums for decades now, and they're still going strong making competitively-priced e-kits and accessories. Take this versatile 100 watt practice amp, for example. Use it as standalone amp, or hook up two for fully immersive stereo sound. And for Black Friday it was available with a $60 discount.
Roland PM-100 80-watt monitor:
$369.99, now $269.99
Sure, headphones are great for quiet practice at home, but sometimes you've just got to be heard. That's where the portable yet powerful 2-channel personal monitor comes in. It dishes out 80-watts of power and you can have indepent control of your drums and an independent sound source such as your smartphone.
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