Top Ten Best Drum Brands


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Pearl is incredible five stars 2 thumbs up. I have been playing with a pearl vision birch drum set and it sounds as great as it looks. I definitely recommend any product from pearl. They definitely give you a hell of a lot of bang for your buck. It may not be top dollar professional set but I know I will enjoy it for years. I have played on a number of sets including yamaha gretsch and tama but nothing that matched the sound quality or durability of my pearl set.
My parents recently bought me a pearl 12 piece master custom it cost them 8000 dollars for the drums only without cymbals, I have 7 rack toms, 2 floor toms, 1 gold plated ford corian snare and double bass drum. I also got 16 zildjian k series cymbals set, which include 7 crash, 4 splash, 2 china, 2 rides, 1 hi hat. I think the k series ride sounds bad, so recently I've bought a stewart copland blue bell ride, which cost me 1000 dollars. I found the best sound drums of pearl is the rack toms, they sounds so sharp and it doesn't even need a plastic ring to stop the sound continuing. The reason I choose pearl is because they sound too awesome for their low price. They are also the best looking drums ever made! My pearl master custom rocks with all my cymbals!
Great drum, great price, great sound, great brand...
Play it, and you will love it...
It will be satisfy you, I guarantee it..
Really, its a good drum, if its bad, why the rock and metal drummer use it? So choose PEARL DRUM
[Newest]Pearl is a very nice drums set and has a very good price

Just got a Tama set and I LOVE it! I could never get my toms to the low pitch I liked without sacrificing head tension on my old set and with my Tamas I can even go lower than I want to have. love them!
Best rock drum I've heard for the price
Solid, well made kits that record really well in the studio and perform great at live gigs, I've tried most other drum manufacturers over many years but for me it's got to be Tama just for the reliability, Quality and sound.

3DW Drums
to me they come like perfect. I never put heads on my drum set until the other day. and they sound fine with out the heads you dnt hear any extra noise after you hit it. then with the Evans g2 heads they sound so crisp.
I think drum workshop is the best. I don't own a kit but have their pedals and couldn't be hapier. Dw is definitely up there in quality and looks. Also sound. I love dw
They are quite expensive, but worth it. Any of their sets are comparable with the "top of the line" kits from other brands; which sometimes are more focused on the aspiring-drummer market
[Newest]Dw is the best from the built quality and other things

I have a Mapex Horizon and this sounds amazing. The heavy strong sound of the skins of all the drum part simply blows people!. I never had a problem with this set ever since 5 years. Tuning and built in facilities are not complicated to manipulate. So thus in my opinion Mapex is an excellent brand and deserves to be ranked in the! !
Mapex Meridian Maple works for me. New Evans G2 heads, and a Pearl Masters Premium Legend snare (and some lovely cymbals) have made it as good as most kits around, unless you are spending really serious money of course. Still, if I had cojones to spend the money I'd get Mapex Saturn Shells.
But in truth most of the main brands produce some great kits.
this is a badass drum, I have been playing for 4 years and mapex never let me down
[Newest]Played them all, some sound really good and are made well, others miss. Mapex are always made with quality, other brands have been known to skimp on quality, especially on the lower end.

I've owned a sonor delite series kit from 2001 and it is the finest set of shells I've come across. I keep getting tempted to buy DW but they just don't do it for me. Sonor seem to make instruments that are not only technically brilliant but also the overall sound and feel is just as good. I would love to visit the Sonor factory one day.
My Sonor kit sounds amazing - better than any other brand I've played. In addition, just by looking at how well the set it built shows that it is higher quality than other brands such as Pearl. Take a look inside the drum itself sometime, the shell is stronger, thicker, and the hardware overall is too.
Sonor Designer series sound amazing and have hands down the best hardware in the industry. The only kits that are in the same league are Ayotte, also amazing.
[Newest]Just awesome drums made in Germany. Two thumbs up.

The śGretsch Renowns" are pretty nice. If I could go back & buy a śRenownť kit again though, I would invest in the kit that includes a 16ť floor tom & probably the 24ť or 18ť bass drum instead of the 14ť floor & 22ť that came with mine. The problem I™ve found with the śRenown™sť is that they can be challenging to tune at times. Once you find the sweet spots though, this kit can be truly amazing. If I could afford it, I would most definitely invest in the śGrestch New Classicť kit. In my honest humble opinion, the śNew Classic™sť is by far the nicest sounding mass marketed kit I™ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. One of the absolute keys behind the śNew Classic™sť design is the mounting system. The mounting system doesn™t touch the lugs or the shell, there for the mounting system doesn™t pull on the rim or squeeze the lugs while disrupting the resonance. It really, really makes a difference. In-fact, I loved the śNew Classicť mounting concept so much that I actually bought the single 12ť śNew Classicť tom to incorporate with my śRenownť kit. In comparison, the śNew Classicť 12ť tom cleanly resonates far nicer then the 12ť tom that came with my śRenown™sť. I just put the śRenownť 12ť in the closet - and use the śNew Classicť 12ť now. I also got a chance to hear the "New Classic" 22ť bass drum & śNew Classicť snare drum in a show room. The whole kit is amazing...
Gretsch Is Underated I Feel The There Renown Maple Kills The Tama Superstar Fusion, And Pearl Is Completly Overated!
A magic sound for the Renown Maple limited edition
[Newest]Classic Gretsch, enough said

I own 4 kits presently... 2003 Ayotte customs, 2005 DW Collectors, 2011Yamaha Recording Custom Anniversary kit and 2011 Gretsch New Classics. I love them all, but have to say the Yamaha's just sound incredible... Easy to tune, warm rich fully rounded tone. They are my favorite kit, but I have an attachment already as this is a remake of the early 80's RC kit... I owned a 1980 set just like these and had them for 16 years before handing them down to my son who still plays them today.
I don't know why yamaha isn't top. Best sound kit for any music. I can crank my snare for a studio sounding rock/pop sound or higher for a jazz. The recording customs are the nicest drums ever and you can't beat there hardware.
Sounds really good and durable I really want to get these drums. I want to learn drums and want a long lasting kit. I have 2 friends who play drums and I'm not sure what they have
[Newest]I just like these drums

Definitely the best brand for cymbals
I have zildjian set and a 5a maple dip drum stick which is amazingly awesome


pdp have the best sound especially for metal the rev uses them and he was one of the best drummers of all time

R.I.P jimmy "The REV" sullivan
Great Quality build, warm tone, and have nice looks! The main part is the shell's durably and sound quality, hardware is not to bad!
I love the look of it and they sound amazing and I have just learned how to tune few months ago I recommend the a lot đź‘Śđź‘Ś

The Contenders

I have been using Sabian for 40years and they still sound the same as the first day I bought them!
you can't get a better cymbal quality nowadays

Premier will always be the best sounding drums ever made.
Most awesome drum sound ever I guarantee it

If you have the money to spend on quality, expensive drums, go with OCDP. They sound great and give you a bang for every penny. They also have many custom paint jobs inspired by the great Travis Barker.
OCDP rocks! The bass is like a cannon and the toms sound great with the right drumheads. The drum finishes are good too, especially the lacquer ones. Also, there are many great drummers sponsored by them like Travis Barker.
I strongly recommend orange county drums they have amazing quality in durability, style, and best of all the sound is amazing. I put ont the evans g2 coated for toms, evans coated powercenter reverse dot on snare, evans emad on the kick, and some zildjian zxt cymbals its is phenomenal, youll never regret buying OCDP

Compare ludwig epic to any other maker.Sound is top notch/looks are sharp, price is 1000s less than others.match this kit against your pearl masters and some would wonder at the 4000 $ price difference.Love your brand but know your drums.Ludwig drums are awesome in the studio.There are very few drummers who can tell the difference at this level of sound.
I just got me and my band this awesome Ludwig Element set. Matt black looks awesome and the sounds is especially good for its small size! We compared it with a set which was almost tripple the price and although I could tell and especially feel the differenses, the sound of the Ludwig still held up perfectly. Its cheap for what it packs! New heads and they can match the epic sets 5 times its price
Just got my Brand new 7ply maple Ludwig set. Best set of drums I've ever owned. I'm not sure why its only 15 at the list. Sonar should be last.


16Vic Firth
Best sticks on the planet they have amazing quality and feel to them. The top drummers including grant Collins and Dave weckl use them
Best Drum Sticks Ever

For me the High and Mid level kits are great for the price, but the low end kits sucks



Has great quality, sound and good looking with a variety of colors to choose from depending on your choice and taste. It is suitable for any type of music. It's symbals are nice and strong and most important of all the drum lasts for a long time.



Best hands down, no need for detailing



The drums sound awesome!

27Drum Craft
Perfect brand from germany. The design isn't everyone's thhing, butthe sound is unique. The best one is "serie 8"


29Noble & Cooley
One of the best custom made drum kits around the world. By far, not a beginners set, but if you make a living playing, you couldn't own a better kit. Oldest drum company in the U.S.
Nothing fancy, just custom made drums of TOP quality made from wood cut down in their own back yard, also one of the oldest drum companies in America, older than Gretsch.

Affordable and best sound

31Ayotte Customs
Here's my list of best sounding and I'm talking about only their top of the line kits
1) Ayotte custom (Ray era)
2) Sonor designers or SQ2
3) DW collector series tied with Yamaha recording customs from 1980s
(I have owned all of these kits at one time and a few others, just my opinion, and I realize there are many nice kits out there that I have not played on yet)

32Mapleworks Drums
Great drums. Dknow6 on youtube uses them. THey have a great, beefy sound when paired with Evans. Great drums, but not the best, my favorite is pearl.



35Outlaw Drums
The most amazing looking and sounding stave snares in the world


37Whitney Drums

38Power Beat
Lovely sound... VOTE! Search to prove

This Drum can give a quality Sound, Design, Material, Price, Durability, Stocks, Wood, Shape, Costume. Just check the it out.
If you haven't heard of SJC Drums then you don't know what your missing, they are by far the most customizable drum kits on the planet, those kids will literally do what ever you like.
All drum companies high end drums are great, dq collectors, pearl masterworks, Spaun, etc etc. OCDP however is HIGHLY overrated, I ordered a snare from them for 1200 and was VERY disappointed at the total lack of quality, needless to say I was pissed. If you honestly think OCDP is amazing because Travis Barker plays them you need to get a clue, there are hundreds of other companies that make custom kits for less money which arnt just Keller shells with Gibraltar hardware.

Best price for vintage drums that sound as good or better than its contemporaries

41Sound Percussion



44CB Drums
The CB Drums are Pretty Good for starters and I heard a lots of good reviews from that brand.
I only have CBs so I vote them I am a starter but I do wanna get some yamahas soon
Buen sonido en vivo.. !

45Sunlite Drums
A Lots of people will not have a clue about sunlite drums. I have the Sunlite Drums for 2 years or somthing. But There is some Youtube videos that has it, just give it listen and think about the sound. I kindly Recommand this brand, because it's sounds good and come in handy for Starters. And Also you least upgrade the Drums like the heads, Bass drum, and Buy a Better Cymbals, Because they have their own Cymbals.

It s a good drums kit...

47Chicago Custom Percussion
This is a really amazing drum company. They can do a lot of things. I know, its not as amazing as SJC (which is by far the best drum company if money is no option), however, CCP can make almost anything that SJC can but for cheaper.

48Q Drum Co.

49Ford Drums

50Pinguim Drums



Handcrafted drums made in Brasil.

54Tycoon Percussion

55Pork Pie
My first drum set, sounds great and customer service was absolutely amazing, I will have this set for many years!

56Groove Percussion

What is Brady doing at 55? I guess this is just a popularity contest not a quality contest... Brady drums are the bomb. Made in Western Australia from real trees!

Very nice sounding drums!
Why on Earth are they 48. my ddrum sounds a crap of a lot better than my dw


The studio maple is the best sounding kit for the money and the hardware allows me to set up as never before with ultimate comfort and playability. the sliding double tom mount allows you to get your toms in a position so perfect that all my other 3 kits are hardly played anymore. so for quality, sound, ease of set up, and playability... NOTHING beats these drums, not even my SONOR, LUDWIG OR MAPEX KITS!

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