Top Ten Best Drum Sets


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The Top Ten

Tama Starclasic Bubinga (Japanese made) absolute best kit for the price. DW Performance Series now comes real close. Pair them with Paiste 2002's or Giant Beats and you're in Rock and Roll heaven. Harware also best for the money. DW Collector's Series way too expensive, but also killer sound.
Tama is the best drums for metal in my opinion great hardware as well
the greatest drumset I've ever played was a tama


[Newest]Tama is just the best. Without a shadow of a doubt

1-You can use Pearl drums in all styles & genres, it always sounds great!

2-The hardware is the best you can find, it's strong, solid, reliable and it looks good too!

3-Very good price/quality rate

Great feel. Used by most pros. Best overall kits sold by Pearl!
rock my friend uses pearl target they sound awesome
[Newest]Pearl has great sound quality has strong, reliable, hardware, is affordable, and looks great. It was my first kit and all my kits have been pearl's.

Easily the highest quality out there. Sound is subjective and changes from person to person but I've never heard a high-end sonor that didn't blow me away. Expensive but without a doubt worth it for those who want something that sets itself above the conpitition. Vertical grain shells and the highest quality finishes out there, Sonor SQ2 for the win
Maybe not as well known as some of the others, but great attention to detail. Great sound and stay in tune!
Amen to that brother, all one needs to know is SONOR...
[Newest]I've owned most top line drums, nothing beats a sonor

I've played on Ludwig. Then I've gone and tried Yamaha and Pearl. After that, I knew I'd do everything possible to always play on Ludwig. There was such a big difference... Yamaha sounded dull, and Pearl sounded normal. Ludwig had a sharp, clear sound that I'm SURE will never be found in anything else.
Have a vintage 1970's 4 piece, marine marble Kit. They still sound amazing. Parents paid $760 over 40 years ago. Maple shells. Made in Chicago at that time, and all ordered. Still can't beat that old Ludwig sound. Hardware over the years has definitely improved. Drums have not...
Ludwig needs to be at the top of this list. You don't know what a drum set is until you've played one of these. With quality and sound, these are the best.
[Newest]Ludwig is the best. Nothing can beat the old classic feeling you get from playing a proper Ludwig set

UnREal Sound from steam rolled one piece shells - Listen on YouTube Craviotto drum set Maple at Memphis Drum Shop - these drums are second to none.
Best drums on the Planet. Period.
Very expensive - but yes amazing tone

I play Yamaha rock tours and they sound great... Much better than my pearl kit and a little better than my DW kit... Much cheaper than both... Bought my Yamaha as a road kit... Now I use only it studio and road!
Yamaha could mold their drums from feces and it would still sound great no matter what the kit is you will still get compliments from the sound engineer
Yamaha always produce great product in various product line. Deep bass and nice snare sound.

These drums are some of the best drums money can buy. Yes there made in China, but the quality is excellent. Their finishes are excellent and beautiful as well. Sound' with a walnut maple shell is unbelievable for the price and they cut wonderful with a deep rich tone' that's unique to Mapex. If you want to not spend 4000 on a kit and get a kit that can stand up against DW Ludwig, yourself tons of money' and get these drums, your wallet will greatly thank you.
Always can rely on this make of kit makes a rich sound and always does it's job properly
Mapex are the absolute kings of top quality low-priced kits, their rich sound and easy tuning makes me feel like I am playing clouds every time. Best drum company in existence

8Noble & Cooley
I'm not familiar this drum brand until tre cool used this. They started since 1854. I know dw, tama, yamaha, gretch, sonor. They made great drum sounds but nothing beats the original.

Premier Signia's will wipe the floor with the TAMA, DW and Pearl Kits Mentioned here. Literally no comparison. They are no longer made so the only way to get one is to buy a used one. People walk, not run when these things go up for sale 5-ply maple with undersized shells so they hit the sweet part of the drum head every time. This is the kit that made all the other up their game in the late 90's.
Hell yeah! Sigs rule! Find one used and buy it cheap.
Premier make premier gear. The best by far.

Everything which is made of German technology & science is so quality & reliable. In the drummers' world these instruments existed long before the Japanese instruments came. Ludwig, Gretsch & Sonor share the same professional sweet vintage sound. I love its sound, the power, the attack. I salute these quality products. the Japanese drums are also good. Its because of their constant research & study but personally, I prefer the German names in the drum category...
I've played DW, Yamaha, Pearl and Ludwig, and I still pick Gretsch. They're high quality, great sounding, sturdy and reliable. Great for any type of music. The best set I've ever played, and probably one of the oldest drum companies out there. They now how to make drums!
Gretsch have been making top quality drums since 1883 so you know they're reliable and also, Gretsch drums have a great sound.

The Contenders


I've just bought pacific drum, it sounds awesome, the toms hit perfectly it is like DW little brother when you cannot afford DW drums you ought to buy this drum, the sound just like DW

DW offers much, much more than other drum manufacturers. Their kits can be completely customized to your liking. Their quality control is absolutely outstanding as well. I've never seen a bad shell from DW. I definitely can't say that about any other manufacturer, except maybe Sonor, but DW has them beat on customization (definitely a preference between the two brands). The only drum kits that compare to these two brands would be some of the vintage Ludwig, Gretsch, Rogers, and Slingerland Kits. DW has these companies beat on overall quality and hardware however. No other company offers so many different shells (and NONE of DW's shells sound bad or even average, it's just a preference thing). PDP by DW also makes some GREAT drums at perfectly reasonable prices too.
DW is the best by far just due to the specific selection of their shells. At Drum Workshop, the hand pick, and hand test each shell to match it to the other shells so you don't have that one faulty tuning tom. They also stamp the note of each tom on the inside so you can easily tune each tom to that note and get the best tone possible.
I picked DW for the following reasons:
1. I own a DW
2. they are the best sounding drums I have ever had the honor of playing
3. the 1 & only king, Neil Peart, plays 'em!
that is why I picked DW.
[Newest]I have two DW kits and truly love the tone and construction of these drums. Very easy to tune and stay in tune even though they get moved in and out of clubs on a weekly basis!

PDP is Pacific guys?
These have the best sound!

15CB Drums
With good drumheads, top seven vote!

16Pork Pie
Excellent craftsmanship. Sound amazing.

The wood is the best ever and love the hardware

The Peavey International 2 drum set is a great sounding drum set. They're not made anymore, but if you find a good deal on a used one, snag it!
Suprisingly, these are very decent sounding drums, very good for the money

Because I feel fine.. So keep calm and shut up..

Dixon is one of the most underrated drum brand. Doesn't spend much on it's marketing, but delivers quality that's equal or better than tama

21GMS Drum

Awesome is all I can say!


24Truth Custom Drums
Good quality. Sounds amazing right out the box.


The best drum from Taiwan. The sound like a PDP drum. Its same standard like a Gretsch. It's a new drum, 2013 drum, and it a special drum and it limited edition.




30Sound Percussion

31DB Percussion
Its over luka boss

Natal is a good sound and hardware

Looks great and sounds great

34Orange County Drum and Percussion

This drum from China. Its very cheap drum and good for beginner.

Best sounding drums I ever play. Becomes to Dw Collectors. But they have like Gretch undersized shells and sharper double cuted bearing edges that helps Tom's ring like timpani.

37Antonio Drums
Custom drums company with great inovations. Thanks to Antonio we have cable remoted Hihat. More patents from Antonio can be found at Dw, Canopus...
Drums are made of steam bent one play. Tree like Cravioto. Some sets are made from a single peace curved tree logg. Like Zelova snare, buy whole drum set.



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