Drum Stuff You Might Need – US Based

Below is a list of stuff I either use or would consider using. Hopefully this is of some help to get you started on the drums!

Drum Sticks & Accessories

Vic Firth American Classic 5A Drum Sticks are a great choice of sticks to get you started on the drum kit. Not too big and not too small – absolutely fine for most players to get started with.

You need somewhere to keep your drum sticks! This Meinl Stick Bag is really useful for carrying your drum sticks and other bits & pieces around.


Acoustic Drum Sets

The Pearl Roadshow is a great complete 5-piece drum kit to help get you started on drums. A fantastic beginner kit and includes a crash / ride cymbal, hi-hats, stands, bass drum pedal and drum stool.

If you want to spend a bit more, the Tama Imperialstar is another fantastic starter drum set. Much better Meinl cymbals and a dedicated separate crash and ride cymbal.

Electronic Drum Sets

If you’re looking for a good all-round starter electronic drum set, the Alesis Nitro is definitely worth a look. It’s a 5-piece electronic drum set (e-kit) at a very reasonable price!


If you’re looking to go slightly more mid-range you can’t go far wrong with the Yamaha DTX522K Electronic Drum Kit. The main draw back is that it has a remote hi-hat pedal (as opposed to a proper hi-hat stand). You’ll also need to buy a drum stool and a bass drum pedal.


The Yamaha DTX532K is a fantastic mid-range drum kit and the kit I normally recommended to my students. It’s a 5-piece electronic drum kit with a proper hi-hat stand.


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