Top Ten Best Drum Brands


The Top Ten

1 Pearl

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.

Thank you you. This helps me. I'm trying to figure out which drum brands are good and of a price lower than $1,500. - Feirceraven

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!

Pearl is the best, hands down. The hardware is heavy duty and weighs more than other brands because it's quality. Plus, it sounds great. Even lower series kits sound like you could take the stage with Halen and at least sound like you should be there. Highly recommended brand.

I have an export series and tuned right it has just the right pitches. Work really nice with Remo drum heads and Evans bass heads. Best drum kit ever, 5 stars

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2 Tama

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.

I love it but does anyone know how to tune my toms it's so sexy

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3 DW 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

I read a lot about DW in Modern Drummer magazine. I love the look of the circular lugs and they just looked like they would sound good. But then I realized that was ridiculous so I went to guitar to try out a kit. Turns out, I was right. They have that great crispy 80's sound.

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4 Mapex

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! !

this is a badass drum, I have been playing for 4 years and mapex never let me down

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.

I have a mapex mars special edition
And I can tell you now that it is worth every 8000 pennies of it

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5 Sonor

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.

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.

I get a lot of compliments on the kit. Especially the kick drum. But you have to change the head. I put a Aquarian snare head on it. Cut a 4in. Hole on the front. And mic it. Sounds like a 22in. Kick drum. I like my Martini

Strong drums

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6 Gretsch

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

Renowns are fantastic sounding and great looking. The new 57;s are stunning.

Warm sounding and epic.

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7 Yamaha

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.

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.

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

It's great

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8 Zildjian

Definitely the best brand for cymbals

I have zildjian set and a 5a maple dip drum stick which is amazingly awesome

Best cymbal brand out there and Sabian a close second, but as their motto states they are the "only serious choice"

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9 Spaun

One of the best sounding drums on the planet

10 PDP

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 have a pdp and is the best sounding kit I own. I have ludwig, tama and priemier kit and the guys in my band like this one the best.

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The Contenders


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

12 Premier

Premier will always be the best sounding drums ever made.

Most awesome drum sound ever I guarantee it

The best chrome hardware in the world!

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13 Sabian

I have been using Sabian for 40years and they still sound the same as the first day I bought them!

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14 Ludwig

I have had a ludwig 8 piece double bass set for years, and it still looks and sounds brand new. It was WELL worth the money. The shells sound similar to my friends pearl with the same heads. I'm not sure why they are so low..

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've always had Ludwig Drums since the very first day I started playing the drums in 4th grade at age 7. My drum kit is 30 years old. Why change brands now.

You just can't find a kit that matches the classic maple

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15 Vic 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

Good quality and also low price

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16 Truth

Good drums, man!

17 Peace

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

18 Evans

How is this so low? Evans has amazing quality and sound?

19 Craviotto
20 Astro
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