Best Brand of Drums

The Top Ten

1 Pearl

From the forum series beginner set to the pearl masters and reference high end sets, pearl delivers great sound quality, shell and hardare quality and they're not so expensive, I've tried out all of the pearl sets and each of them sounds amazing. (best one is the masters and the free floating snare drum )

Tama is good but I use pearl and I like it and I think dwdrums are better than Tamma not pearl though

I really love pearl.. Trusted for uncountable years of service )
We've been using it for our mini concerts and its very-good music makes our performance 'the best'.

My dream... Love it...

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2 DW Drums

All the other companies make great gear. However, the attention to detail that goes into EVERY DW Drum kit, is what makes the difference. John Good, has come up with some amazing ways to get drums to sound the way everyone wants them to. They are VERY pricey (my new 7 piece, drums only, comes to $5,000 - and I got a screaming deal). But I believe the quality is untouched. I have owned 1 Yamaha kit, 2 Pacific Kits (PDP), and a Taye kit. I am super stoked about my newest adventure.

Like I said, the other companies in this list make great gear too, just not as "perfect" as DW in my opinion. I spent MONTHS looking for a new kit. DW, came out on top, but a close second were Mapex and Tama. 3rd was the Yamaha PHX, 4th was Gretsch. Pearl and Yamaha kits were further down the line. Pearl has always seemed "mass produced" to me, and so does a huge portion of the Yamaha line. While I know people will tout about the Pearl Master Series. I had a friend who owned a set. And while he had ...more

I have played every major manufacturers drums over the past 29 years. DW is the most innovative company in the industry today, and has been since the late 90's. Their kits have the best sound and are the easiest to tune of any brand I have tried. Specific endorsees usually are not a good measure of a company as with the top drummers it is a business decision not a personal choice. I am not an endorsee, just a real experienced professional drummer that chooses to buy DW because they are a vastly superior product.

John Good is a mad genius! DW drums are the most innovative and best sounding drums that this world has ever known in the history of music. The work that is put into making these wonderful instruments is so in depth and so precise. I love a good pearl kit, but I feel like they are more of an "assembly line" or massed produced product. You can watch any videos of any other brands and it doesn't seem like half of the work is performed on any other brand than DW. DW drums are definitely built with love and are matched by no other.

DW is the best, hands down.

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3 Tama

TAMA IS THE BEST HANDS DOWN
Lars Ulrich's favorite drums
I mean is there is anything else to say
I don't think so

I've been with Tama for years, in my own personal opinion they are the all round best drum company. They are built very strong with many attachments anyone can get. You can get custom made or just a basic set. I started with a simple 5 piece swingstar and now its a crazy set I play with my industrial band and sessions I do. They are just built to last that's why I've had mine for 13 years, not to say Tamas Iron Cobras are built just as strong and last forever. Just my own opinion, my best friend plays pearl which is just as strong but I stick with Tama baby.

TAMA king of Drums World... I got a separate place in Drummers world by my TAMA. Its Simply DRUMS=TAMA, Nothing more can get near to TAMA. ITS the Best among the Best..

The best

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4 Ludwig

Don't forget Ringo from the Beatles. The set is awesome! I've used a Ludwig for the past 3-4 years. It's still standing. It still sounds great and I honestly love it! Pearl, DW, and Yamaha are good, but nothing beats Ludwig! - Lycanhropy21

Ludwig has been the standard to which all others have been compared to beyond the years of so many percussionists currently playing. Popularity is determined by high-profile performers which in turn tend to drive polls like these. Ludwig suffered when they also offered for sale their second tier of quality sets. However in my opinion, the best built with the best tonal delivery is still that of the Ludwig top line.

Ludwig has to be the best hands down. The most original and innovative drumsets to date. Not only is the sound a perfect, authentic, fluffy sound but the kit finishes have to be the coolest. From Bonham to Starr to even Jack White, Ludwig is the name of drums. Even the standard kits aren't comparable to the basic sounds of wannabe noise-cylinders. Ludwig has been at the top since 1909 and it always will be.

Buddy Rich changed to Ludwig and they didn't sound anywhere as fine as the Slingerland or Rogers kits he played previous. I'm Sure that was about the $$$ He finally ended up playing what he started with. A Radio King set.

I have played in a lot of drum sets from yamaha to dw to pearl and many more but Ludwig is amazing their drum kits have a sound no other drums can match also because the greatest rock drummer in the world john Bonham used Ludwig and his kit sounded amazing great job making drums Ludwig

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5 Mapex

Amazing drum kits! They've got probably the best Snare Drums out of all the drum brands, in my opinion, and nearly the best toms too. Although their cymbals suck but that's what Sabian is for. MAPEX - LethalTortoise

Great sounding kits all round, even for a beginner or even a professional! There drums sound really good but again like some others will say, their Cymbals need a bit of work, but hey, that's why there's Zildjian and Sabian Cymbals there! If you can find a good deal on a Mapex kit, go for it! There probably also one of few drum kits that you get a lot of value in for what you pay for

It is a amazing drum brand. I've tried many other drums and to me I think mapex is the best. My current drum set is the Mapex Meridian Maple series. The mapex drums provides great sounds no matter wood you prefer.

Best drums you can buy.

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6 Yamaha

Yamaha drums are by far the best sounding drums I've ever played (besides dw), yamaha's higher end drums, such as the maple custom series, produce a really deep, fat, warm, resonant tone, that I really haven't heard from some other companies. The durability of the drums is outstanding due to the fact they use the diagonal seem system which keeps the drums from warping. Yamaha also uses the airseal system which takes all the moisture out of the drums and keeps it out so you don't have to worry about humidity affecting the sound. I was really shocked to see Yamaha so far down the list, in my opinion Yamaha should be up in the top 3.

Yamaha drums are by far the best sounding drums I've ever played (besides dw), yamaha's higher end drums, such as the maple custom series, produce a really deep, fat, warm, resonant tone, that I really haven't heard from some other companies. The durability of the drums is outstanding due to the fact they use the diagonal seem system which keeps the drums from warping. Yamaha also uses the airseal system which takes all the moisture out of the drums and keeps it out so you don't have to worry about humidity affecting the sound. I was really shocked to see Yamaha so far down the list, in my opinion Yamaha should be up in the top 3.

Yamaha drums are by far the best sounding drums I've ever played (besides dw), yamaha's higher end drums, such as the maple custom series, produce a really deep, fat, warm, resonant tone, that I really haven't heard from some other companies. The durability of the drums is outstanding due to the fact they use the diagonal seem system which keeps the drums from warping. Yamaha also uses the airseal system which takes all the moisture out of the drums and keeps it out so you don't have to worry about humidity affecting the sound. I was really shocked to see Yamaha so far down the list, in my opinion Yamaha should be up in the top 3.

best ever

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7 PDP

The rev from avenged sevenfold use this brand too.! Its very brilliant set up..!

Great drums sound clear and just as good snares and toms as DW or any other brands. They sound clear and good and I have a PDP rack and it is more customizable that any I have used before.

I have had a CB 700 5 Piece, then moved up to a Tama swing star. I've been without a set for 4 years now. But I think after looking around I have fallin in love with the PDP 7 Piece. I hear and see nothing but good things about the PDP and very affordable. I have my mind made up, PDP for sure!

This is the brand my church uses and I personally love the sound of the snare and base.

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8 Sonor Drums

Sonor is best for jazz music or even other music. It has good tone quality. The shells and the drums itself is excellent when it comes to durability and it is the drummer's drum.

It isn't so expensive yet its not cheap but it's price is affordable and the quality is so brilliant. Maybe other brands like pearl, yamaha, tama and other are far more bigger manufacturer of drumset but Sonor is far more better that those drumsets.

acdc plays with sonor, sound is perfect I love it. this is an excellent brand and its quality is very high which is reflected on its sound

Sonor drums are pricey but you won't find anything that is done without the utmost attention to detail.. Also I have noticed over the years the their drums all have very clear fundamental tones that are musical, not just loud and booming but musical and that is something discerning musicians want from their drums...

Amazing sound, since I've listem to Gavin Harrison I am falling in love by this brand - Jukass

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9 Gretsch

I have many kits over the years from pearl, to yamaha to tama to ludwig and many others, but none have compared to the sound that Gretsch produces. Their kits are cheap and the sound is just as good on a cheap Gretsch kit than on a expensive pearl kit. The shells are some of the best I've had the pleasure of listening to, and their tone is pitch perfect. I've talk to many drummers over the years and most agree that Gretsch is either the best or second best make ever. Gretsch kits can accustom any type of music from Jazz to heavy rock.If you're a beginner I would recommend a Gretsch kit, their sound quality and feel would welcome a beginner easily. Their German engineering rings true when you hear the mighty beats of a Gretsch kit.

While not the least expensive, Gretsch Renown's can go up against any kit in the marketplace. When I purchased my kit, there was a DW kit for twice the price next to it on the floor. I was amazed that the Gretsch kits tone seemed to be superior to the the DW. I tune my drums low and w/ Aquarian Performance 10 heads, I receive many compliments from sound engineers commenting on the quality of sound they produce. Just for jazz, I don't think so. These drums sounds like absolute thunder when properly tuned. Best of all, the American name is a true survivor. Gretch... Their slogan says it all... "That Great Gretsch Sound. "

Gretsch drums are top of the line when you pay for the the top shelf stuff.. Also their Renown line is in my opinion the best value in a drum today... They are just shy of the USA kits but for half the price and some rock musicians may even prefer the Renown line as they project incredibly and have all the features that the to USA collection has.. They are pure class and the die cast hoops focus the sound so that when you mic them live you have great control of the sound... Classic looks and elite sound... Worth every nickel...

I like it

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10 Premier

"Best underrated drum brand"

Played premier all my life. Never really thought of changing. Was given a Mapex shell pack through the summer, so will give those a go in a gig environment. I have been a drum teacher for 22 years now and am truly amazed when youngsters get an electronic kit for Christmas. The sounds are amazing and when used with an iphone / ipod the world of drumming is truly opened up.

Keith Moon, among many other drummers have used this brand of drum. I had the pleasure to play a Premier set a few weeks back, best set I've ever played.

My first drum set when I was 7 years old, and 30 years later, it sounds just as great.

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The Contenders

11 ddrum

Pearl is good, tama is also good, mapex good had already passed, gretsch is the best in jazz drums, but yamaha really sucks, their hardware is actually good but their drum aren't they should do bikes not drums. I prefer ddrum cause is not to expensive and gives us very nice kits with wonderful sound.

I was a pearl player but switched to this brand... Great tone

Up and coming with a commitment to creating classy drums. Started without knowing what they truly wanted. Now moving in the right direction.

Can't say much of their acoustic sets. But the electronic ones are amazing!

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12 Wuhan

They are great my dads uses them all his life

13 Pulse

I believe pulse is underrated. The quality and sound that you get from this drum set is uncomparable considering how cheap they are to buy. Many people think that because they are less expensive means that they are cheaper, not the case. Make sure to give pulse a chance. I've played on a Yamaha Custum Stage and a standard pulse is better sounding and has higher quality

Just a great intermediate drum set

8-Piece Brand New $400 MSRP $1,099.

14 Pork Pie

Fantastic drums. Hands-down the best snares in the world in my opinion.

These have great snares. Should be at least in top 20

There snare sound amazing no sought about it

Had a USA Custom for years and love it!

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16 Jinbao

Not sure why jinbao is even on the list. It's cheap and you get the quality you paid for.

This is also one of my drum set, I think it is good because I make it more better within just change all the toms and snare heads, and update all cymbals...

Jinbao Indian price

I am also having this kit because I am bignner and I have updated all the symbols

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17 SJC Custom Drums

To be honest I was not happy when I got the latest email from SJC drums. A custom SJC kit had been my dream. And when I finally got the money for one I got their app and sent them A FEW quotes to get an idea of the price and what I wanted. Later that week I received an email to stop sending quotes unless I am buying a kit which I was going to. They don't know if you will or buy a kit or not. They can't expect me to buy a kit without getting ideas of prices and examples of what I might want. So for THE SAME PRICE AS A SJC CUSTOM KIT I GOT A HIGH QUALITY DW SET!

SJC is the full package: Quality drums, Outstanding customer service, Amazing artist support. I feel like I am truly part of the family and they make it a great experience buying their product. Like no other drum company out there.

Handcrafted custom drums, made in the USA. They literally bring your dream kit to life. Unbeatable quality, innovation and Artist support.

LOVE

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18 Aquarian

Just started using this head on my bass drum. I sounds pretty good. I like the muffle it comes with as it save me the trouble of doing it myself.

The Super Kick 10 is by far the best head I have used. Better than the Remo Power Sonic Power Stroke Pro & Power Stroke 3 & 4 in my opinion. Have not tried any Evans heads on my bass because I love the Aquariun SK10. The Super Kick 2 is also a great head. Pity they do not make the Super Kick 10 any more

19 Crush Drums

I played Pearl exclusively for over 20 years of World touring with a Pop Superstar and if Crush had been around back in the 90's I would have switched immediately! I only discovered Crush a couple of years ago and since then I sold all my Pearl kits and now have three different Chameleon series kits (Two ash and one bop) These drums are really modern with great attack and body. I specifically love the Chameleon Ash series as much for their sound as for their beautiful finishes with the black hardware!

The best sounding drums I've ever heard in my life! Amazing warmth and price point can't be beat by anyone else on the market! I can see Crush easily entering the top 10 in a matter of years! Beautiful sound with an amazing price point!

I have a sublime E3 Maple kit. The finish is beautiful! The sound is equally as impressive. I've played a bunch of local venues and I always have drummers from the crowd coming up to me to compliment me on the sound and appearance of my kit. I have not received one negative piece of feedback. It is truly a professional grade kit and a very reasonable price!

Love Them! This company single-handedly reinvigorated the acrylic drum market! And created the new standard in that department!

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20 Spaun

AMAZING got a custom series set used cheap! Blown away. 8ply maple. If you have the money buy them!

I have had the pleasure of playing many brands of kits. They go in this order, from my youth to current and their current state of gig time.. 1) 1968 Ludwig psychedelic red 4 pce. In protective storage! 2) Gretch. Sold. 3) Ludwig "mutt" kit. Traded for an assload of Remo Rototoms. 4) Pearl World series 9 pce, red. So AWESOME! Will NEVER EVER lose them. Many miles on them, now in "protective" storage with the Psych Reds. 5) Spaun Custom birch 5 pce.
My Spauns are so dynamic. Low end color with a subtle and variable high "thack". My kick was thunderous out of the box, actually the whole kit was unbelievable out of the boxes.

Got a nice set been sitting in storage for about 10yrs,costume made,two22by24 kicks,14by8 snear,12by11,14by13 toms,16by16floor,Brocken glass glitter finish,visually,sonically stunning

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