Acoustic (normal) Drum Kit or an Electric Kit?

by Barrie on 20/04/2010

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A 'proper' Drum-kit

One of the most common questions I get asked by new students who have yet to acquire a drum kit is,
“Do I go for an acoustic drum kit or an electronic one” ?
In my opinion the simple answer, acoustic, but please read on.
If noise is very rarely going to be a problem then without doubt acoustic is the way to go.
Although an acoustic kit takes up slightly more room than an electronic kit, in my experience if you have room for an electronic kit you should just be able to squeeze in an acoustic one. (Albeit a small one)

For me an acoustic drum kit is what playing drums is all about. The visual aspect of an acoustic drum kit in it’s full glory, was enough to inspire me to start playing all those years ago!

Yes you can have lots of fun on an electronic kit & I think initially they are slightly easier to play, however I’m sorry & not every one will agree, but for me they are just not the real thing, maybe even, dare I say, an adult toy.
Now that is not to say they don’t have a place, they do. In fact I have one, (for teaching purposes mainly) however, I also have three acoustic kits!

The two major electronic kit manufactures are: Roland & Yamaha.
Roland have recently brought out a kit which retails for around £5,000!
There are cheaper models on the market starting from approx. £300/ £350.

A Yamaha Electric Drum Kit

A Yamaha Electric Drum Kit

So to sum up ( & I could write many pages on this topic) buy an acoustic kit if possible, however, go for an electronic kit if you feel you’re just not ready for the real thing, also they might be a good idea if you happen to live in a block of flats!

As one of my students once said ” An electronic drum kit, it’s just not sexy”…….

As I have mentioned above, I could write a lot more on this subject, this is a pretty controversial issue so if you would like to know more about this article, advice on buying any type of drum kit or to find out more about My Drum Lessons, please get in touch.

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