Choosing a drum set-up can be tricky. There are so many options and configurations available, each with their own pros and cons. So, courtesy of our friends at Rhythm, here are 10 tips for making the right choices to suit you…
1. Four piece drum set
Has the advantage of simplicity, and allows you to get your ride cymbal in close and at perfect height.
2. Five Piece: two top toms and one floor tom
The drawback is that your ride cymbal ends up higher and not so close.
3. Five piece with one top tom and two floor toms
Classic Buddy Rich/John Bonham set up - Buddy hung his towel on the second floor.
4. Floor tom mounted on floor stand
Looks cool, but can be unstable, and it's difficult to position everything where you want.
5. Floor tom on traditional three legs
More stable, but slightly less resonant than tom mounted on Floor Stand.
Next page: rack systems and tom mounts
6. Rack system
Can look cool, and may even simplify your setting-up. But can be a real hassle to re-position. (Pictured: Yamaha Hexrack)
7. Resonance tom mounts
Give it a little extra sustain, but are heavier and bulkier, so need bigger cases.
8. Old-fashioned mounts
…with intrusive, 'disappearing' tom arms. Less bulky, with better lateral reach. But you lose resonance.
9. Small tom mounted on a snare drum stand
Make sure the arms will clamp a small (12") drum, but don't clamp the drum hoops too tightly.
10. Carpet, drum key and gaffer tape
These are absolutely, irrefutably, downright essential elements of your set-up. Faux Zebra skin finish on the carpet is optional…
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