Top Ten Best Drum Sets


The Top Ten

1 Tama

The best drum made ever. One of the coolest drum.

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 - this_is_the_worst_website_ever

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2 Pearl

Pearl Session Customs all the way. I love them!

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

No matter what Pearl kit you pick, the quality is amazing. The Export has the hardware which never needs replacing. The hardware is durable, reliable and has a stunning finish. The shells also are brilliant and the innovation for the price makes Pearl the best kits you can buy personally. (Leave the Pearl Roadshow), otherwise Export (which is amazing), Vision all the way up to Masters has fabulous finishes, hardware, quality, shells and sound amazing. What more can you ask for? A quality kit for a budgeted price.

Great feel. Used by most pros. Best overall kits sold by Pearl!

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3 Craviotto

I've owned great sounding drums from DW, Yamaha, Pearl, Ludwig... I also have owned a vintage 67 ludwig kit in great shape. However, my Craviottos are BY FAR the best quality in craftsmanship and sound that I've every played. Beautiful and yet so incredibly pure sounding. No doubt they are expensive, but totally worth every penny.

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.

Toms have a resonance and sustain unlike any other. And the snare drums have been famous for years for their great sound and playability.

This is the best and you could not ask for better. If you want the best sound get a Craviotto drum kit.

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4 Sonor

Amen to that brother, all one needs to know is SONOR...

Maybe not as well known as some of the others, but great attention to detail. Great sound and stay in tune!

Great drum set! Just love the sound, can't be beat.

Signature Series 12 layers wood power toms are for me the absolute top.

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5 Noble & 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.

Nothing beats the original and traditional sounds

Not famous, just perfect sound

Love my N&C kit! Fantastic in R&B, blues, pop, jazz and rock.

6 Ludwig

The sound, tone, and playing feel of Ludwig drums cannot be beat. Both their sets and snare drums are probably the most recorded in history. The craftsmanship and quality control level is at a new high, and the drums offer a lot of value at each price point. You can get Ludwig's high-end drums for a relatively affordable price compared to other manufacturers and get drums that are commensurate in quality to the more expensive sets and better in sound. With the Atlas hardware, Ludwig now has cutting-edge designs that others (i.e. Tama) are begging to copy. So, why not get the real thing?

I've been a drummer since 1960 and I played various drum sets. I enjoy the sound of Ludwig drums and this is what brings me back to Ludwig. I will always play ludwig drums.

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...

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7 Yamaha

Best drum ever

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 always produce great product in various product line. Deep bass and nice snare sound.

Best kit for your money period. I was in a band where I lit my drums on fire and kicked them over at the end of every show - for YEARS! Started shopping for a new kit and I gotta tell ya that my 12 year old Yamaha Stage Customs still blow away everything I've tried so far. My old Yami's still sing and the sustain is re-dics! The bearing edges and the shells themselves are made to perfection. I looked and played some Sonors (With all the hype about being the best quality)and it was close, but my totally trashed Yamaha's had better bearing edges than some brand new Sonors I looked at. The bearing edges on my old Yami's are comparable to acrylic as far as the precision. I am convinced that no one makes a better shell until I see and hear it.

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8 Premier

I started on Ludwig's. in my opinion pre 80s Ludwig kits stand up very well to anything built today. September 1978, I remember selecting a pristine chrome dual flobeam marching snare... I have been a Premier drummer ever since. Traded in my 6 piece Ludwigs for a 9 piece birch Premier Elite kit. I traveled the world with it for 23 years until a guitarist stole it. I would still have it today if not for that. Agree with other posters: Signias stand alone for tone quality and craftsmanship. After over 14 years of collecting individual drums I am the proud owner of an 8 piece Black Shadow Resonator kit. I know when I sit behind my kit I play the finest drums handmade by the most skilled Craftsmen in the percussion industry. My 24" twin shelled black shadow bass drum thunders and responds with every beat issued by my Gibraltar Predator double kick pedal. FYI for non-premier drummers: In the air tonight was recorded on a set of Phil Collin's Resonators. Nikko McBrain of Iron Maiden doesn't ...more

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.

Very well made, slight undersized shell lets them tune to perfection. From jazz to rock, coated single ply tuned high, to double ply clear tuned lower,these drums sound fantastic.I"ve had my Signia's for 20 years now,and they floor me every time I play them. I also own a set of XPK's and have got to say, Premier is a very under-rated company. Probably not great on resale, but own a set of Signia's,you wont let them go.I can say that as well for the XPK's.Bang for the buck they really shine

Premier make premier gear. The best by far.

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9 Gretsch

I am a drum teacher and I tune drums Professionally. I have tuned practically every major brand of drums out there from entry level to top of the line with various heads and have owned something from almost every major brand and to put it mildly, Gretsch is without a doubt the best sounding drums you will ever play. I now own 2 Gretsch sets both of which are in the intermediate price range and I'm still waiting to tune any set from any other maker that sounds any better, and that includes any other makers high end sets.

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!

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 been a drummer for 50 years and played every major brand. Nothing apart from custom hand made drums, comes close to the warmth, response, and projection of Gretsch usa custom. "That great Gretsch sound" really tells it like it is.

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10 Mapex

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.

Owned a gorgeous Mapex Orion Birdseye Kit from 1997 to 2003 - great set with great quality. Since 2014 I am owning a Saturn IV Exotic Kit which just blew my ears the first time I heard it. For the price you can't get any better I think. Superb sound, awesome look, top quality hardware and really cool features. Can not recommend it enough!

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

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The Contenders

11 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 love dw drums, because their foot pedal, hi hat stand, cymbal stand, drums, and snare are the best in the world.

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.

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12 Ddrum

The d is for dangerous.

I've got three nice maple kits one being Ddrum and I love it pocket configuration,its not as good sound as my Sleishman but Sleishman are the best in the world and I just love the Ddrum set I got my most enjoyable drum kit I've ever played and looks great too

13 Pacific

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

14 PDP

PDP is Pacific guys?

These have the best sound!

Great quality!

Love pdp drums because I have a pdp drumset at our church. It is black

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15 Pork Pie

Excellent craftsmanship. Sound amazing.

The best sounding snares you will ever play

16 CB Drums

Ill be playing my cbs when I'm famous

With good drumheads, top seven vote!

love em!

You don't have to spend bunch of money to play a decent drums,drums sounds great for the price that you pay,the rest depends how good you play😃

17 Crush

The wood is the best ever and love the hardware

I love crush drums because of the different type of colors

18 RJ

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

Not Bad

19 Dixon

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

20 Peavey

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!

Incredible drum.

Suprisingly, these are very decent sounding drums, very good for the money

Beautiful sound,wonderful

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21 Adams
22 GMS Drum
23 Rogers

I bought a set of 9/72 Rogers in 1976. I know now that they were made in 1973. Blue Onyx finish. Still using them 42 years later with a Ludwig Black Beauty and Paiste 2002s all around. Nothing better.

There is still nothing that sounds as tough as a set of Power Tones. And the Dynasonic Snare still acetate of the art instrument. With all the technology post Rogers USA production, there's still no touching these timeless classics.The Swivomatic hardware still beats anything made and after 44 years my Swivomatic bass pedal is still faster and easier to play than anything made. Show me another foot pedal that'll even last 40 plus years let alone play like these do.,I've yet to hear another snare that can quite compete with my Dynasonic and the brutal tone from the splatter coated Power Tone shells speaks nothing less than legendary perfection.

24 Hayman
25 Jinbao
26 SJC Custom Drums
27 Sound Percussion

I have the kit and I think it holds up well sounds good and looks really nice I definitely recommend it.

28 Orange County Drum and Percussion
29 Regalia

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.

Best drum n more cheaper..I already bought it..


30 Baojia

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

31 Ashton
32 Tumba

Awesome is all I can say!

33 Truth Custom Drums

Good quality. Sounds amazing right out the box.

34 Natal

Natal is a good sound and hardware

35 Rockstar

Rockstar drums that sound extremly good. Before I was using mapex and pearl that sound are not wonder.

36 Percussion Plus
37 Mess
38 Sleishman

The ultimate sounding kit. Completely free floating, completely. The only thing touching the shell is the heads. Fat, true tone, mega sustain and extremely warm and sensitive. Floor toms are killer. Check them out.

39 Gammon

Terrible drumset

40 Fibes
41 Taye

They are Amazon for such a low price

Great shells no doubt about it

42 Cadeson
43 DB Percussion

Its over luka boss

44 Truth

Looks great and sounds great

45 Camco

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.

46 Antonio 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.

47 Fernando

Sounds good and affordable

48 WJM

Great beginner kit with good shell quality. Throw on Evans g1 coated on top and g2 clear on the bottom and you have a phenomenal beginner set.

50 Sawtooth
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Top Remixes

1. Tama
2. Craviotto
3. Noble & Cooley
1. Ludwig
2. Mapex
3. Tama


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