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Posted: 9/29/2023 10:18:41 PM EST
I haven't played the drums in 35 years, but I'm going to buy a set for the basement.

Any advice on how to pick a used set.  Probably 5 piece with cymbals, etc.  Tama, Pearl, Ludwig, Yamaha???  I don't have a clue where to start.
Link Posted: 9/29/2023 11:05:12 PM EST
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Hoops in good shape and shells with smooth bevels. Ability to adjust toms, nothing stripped out.

I've decided brand makes little difference to sound, and wood type makes a subtle difference but not enough to worry about.  New heads is the biggest benefit, and probably the most important factor.
Link Posted: 9/30/2023 12:17:51 AM EST
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Link Posted: 9/30/2023 12:55:18 AM EST
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Tom’s out or round, bearing edges, condition of hardware and shells. It’s almost as inexpensive for a decent new kit.
Link Posted: 10/4/2023 6:43:24 AM EST
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I found a used Pearl Export set on eBay. It was pickup only, so I got a good deal on it. Added more Toms and upgraded the cymbals.
Link Posted: 10/4/2023 7:06:25 AM EST
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Hoops in good shape and shells with smooth bevels. Ability to adjust toms, nothing stripped out.

I've decided brand makes little difference to sound, and wood type makes a subtle difference but not enough to worry about.  New heads is the biggest benefit, and probably the most important factor.
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This!
Link Posted: 10/7/2023 11:58:01 AM EST
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Thanks Guys.  Might look at this one today for $550.  Thoughts?

Mapex Mars 6-piece kit with upgraded Ludwig steel snare.

Includes:

Mapex Toms: - 10 x10, 12x10, 13 x 11 - Remo Pinstripe clear heads
Mapex Floor Tom: 16x16 - Remo Pinstripe clear head
Mapex Bass Drum: 22x16 - Mapex Clear Sound head
Ludwig Steel Snare (8 lug): 14x5 - Evans ST Dry head -White
Sabian AAX High hats: 14"
Sabian AAX Crash: 16"
Sabian AAX Ride: 20"
Cymbal carrying case
All hardware including - Snare stand (Mapex), High Hat Stand (Rock), Ride Stand (Pearl), Crash Stand (Omni Sphere)
Bass Drumn Pedal (Premier)
Throne (Gibraltar)
Drum and Cymbal Mute pack
Link Posted: 10/7/2023 1:31:12 PM EST
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Thanks Guys.  Might look at this one today for $550.  Thoughts?

Mapex Mars 6-piece kit with upgraded Ludwig steel snare.

Includes:

Mapex Toms: - 10 x10, 12x10, 13 x 11 - Remo Pinstripe clear heads
Mapex Floor Tom: 16x16 - Remo Pinstripe clear head
Mapex Bass Drum: 22x16 - Mapex Clear Sound head
Ludwig Steel Snare (8 lug): 14x5 - Evans ST Dry head -White
Sabian AAX High hats: 14"
Sabian AAX Crash: 16"
Sabian AAX Ride: 20"
Cymbal carrying case
All hardware including - Snare stand (Mapex), High Hat Stand (Rock), Ride Stand (Pearl), Crash Stand (Omni Sphere)
Bass Drumn Pedal (Premier)
Throne (Gibraltar)
Drum and Cymbal Mute pack
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I haven't played it or checked it's general condition, but the specs you posted look good.

"Standard" sizes on shells will make getting new heads easier.  Cymbals are also "standard" sizes, so should sound close to what you think they should. First upgrades will probably be heads and pedal. Getting that much for that price tells you you're getting "entry level" gear. New heads and functional hardware will make up the difference.

(Not that the heads that are on it are "bad", per se...just that when you want a different sound from different heads it will be easier to achieve.)
Link Posted: 10/7/2023 1:53:15 PM EST
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Thanks.  Entry level is fine for now.  If I play them often, I'll spring for a much better set!
Link Posted: 10/7/2023 9:25:43 PM EST
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Thanks.  Entry level is fine for now.  If I play them often, I'll spring for a much better set!
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I'm not knocking entry level at all. Just pointing out that the right heads and maybe some hardware upgrades (over time) will really help you enjoy the kit. Let us know how it goes!
Link Posted: 10/7/2023 9:57:23 PM EST
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I'm not knocking entry level at all. Just pointing out that the right heads and maybe some hardware upgrades (over time) will really help you enjoy the kit. Let us know how it goes!
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Understood!  Hope to checkout that set tomorrow.  I've been out of it for so long, hard to know what's good/bad.  Good tips above.
Link Posted: 10/8/2023 6:54:37 PM EST
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Picked them up today and have been playing for the last two hours.  Haven't played in a good 35 years.  Some stuff came back quickly, but I'm pretty rusty otherwise.  Drums sound great.  Cymbals are OK, but might upgrade those or add a splash cymbal at some point.  Getting it all dialed in!

Thanks for the advice, guys.

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Link Posted: 10/9/2023 2:40:53 PM EST
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Congratulations!

I'd also suggest some sound dampening for that room. Simple blankets on the walls and ceiling will help with reverb. We built some fabric panels for our room and it made a huge difference. Moon gels will help knock down some ring as well.

Here's an example of sound panels:
DIY Perks Acoustic Panels

Here's some more about tuning, since you said you're rusty...:
Rob Brown Tuning

Rob Brown and Drumeo are great resources
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