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DRUM SHOP X-MAS GIFT GUIDE: Acoustic Drum Kits

Posted by Jasmine Briggs on 2nd December 2020

Day 2: Must-Have Drum Kits For Christmas

From beginner to high end, this is our guide to the best acoustic drum kits money can buy, or so we think! If theres a budding drummer in your life that you want to treat, or a professional drummer thats been extra good this year, this guide will give you all the info you need to give them the best Christmas ever!

Being exclusively a drum shop rather than offering a variety of instruments means you are guaranteed expert, specialised advice from us. That's why we're able to point you in the right direction from budget, starter drum kits to expensive, luxury, high-end drum brands. We'll start off with beginner kits and work our way up to pro kits...

Beginner Drum Kits

1. Mapex Tornado Starter Kit

We think the Mapex Tornado Drum Kit is one of the best entry-level acoustic drum kits on the market, and the best thing is it comes with everything you need to get started with drumming!! The Tornado kit comes in 3 different configurations: Compact, Fusion, and Rock. All this means is there are essentially 3 different sizes of bass drums:

Compact 

The Mapex Tornado Compact set up, is really just how is sounds, compact. this set up is designed more towards children and younger drummers because of its smaller 18” bass drum, 10” and 12” toms, 14” floor tom and 14” snare drum. Of course, it can also be the perfect set up for a drummer in a small space, like a small bedroom. This set up also comes with a smaller height snare drum and drum throne . Sound-wise, the 18" bass drum will give you more of a jazz style sound which can be easily tuned tighter to sound great for pop drumming.

Fusion  

The Mapex Tornado Fusion is ideal for the younger drummer as the set-up tends to be smaller, with a 20” bass drum, 10” and 12” Toms, 14” Floor tom and a 14” snare drum. The fusion is also a great choice for setting up in a more restricted space like a bedroom but with a larger bass drum than the compact kit, you are ready to play both Jazz and Pop music on your new set!

Rock

The Mapex Rock set up is a perfect set-up for budding rock drummers. With a bigger 22" bass drum and even bigger sound! The rock set up also consists of 10” and 12” Toms, 16” Floor tom and a 14” snare drum.

Each Tornado drum kit comes in 3 finishes: Black, Dark Burgundy and Royal Blue, as well as all the necessary hardware (hi-hat stand, snare drum stand, boom cymbal stand, bass drum pedal, drum throne) and cymbals (a pair of 14" Hi Hats, and an 18" Crash Cymbal)

For more info on these kits, click on any of the titles above, or click here to see these kits and more from Mapex!

2. GEWA Basics Drum Kit

This 5-Piece Pure Gewa Basix Drum Set features a 9-ply Mahogany shell that boasts a vibrant and resonant tone. Perfect for beginner drummers, the kit also comes equipped with a 5 piece hardware, do you can get started practicing your skills right away. For even better practice, pick up a beginner set of cymbals here to add to your new GEWA Basix Kit!

The GEWA basix kit comes in a piano black finish, meaning it will fit well into any set up, including bedrooms and smaller practice set ups, thanks to its smaller configuration. The kit consists of a 22” x 16” Bass Drum, 12” x 10” Tom, 13” x 11” Tom, 16” x 16” Floor Tom, 14” x 5.5” Snare Drum. For more info on this drum kit or to purchase, click here!   

Mid-Range Drum Kits

3. Natal Cafe Racer Drum Kit

What makes the Cafe Racer series of drums so undeniably attractive is the stunningly flawless lacquer finishes that coat the tulip wood shell, inspired by classic vintage cars the finishes have that level of class and quality you expect from the creme de la creme of drums. From Oxblood Red to British Racing Green, the quality is top spec all the way and the Natal Sun logo drum badge and the Natal high mass chrome plated zinc sun lugs round off each shell pack finish perfectly.

The tulip wood shells produce a super distinctive sound and are a soft wood that has been used repeatedly on vintage drums, most notably by American companies during the 1950's and 1960's. This is mind it is no wonder Natal chose this diverse wood type for their Cafe Racer range of drums. The tulip shell produces dry and definitive sounds that can perform anywhere and we mean anywhere. In terms of features all shell packs have professional quality components including, Tru-Tune Tension Rods, NRM Aluminium Ball Tom Mounting System and hardwearing telescopic bass drum spurs. Check out our range of Natal Cafe Racer Kits here!

4. Mapex Armory Black Dawn Drum Kit

The 6ply shells deliver responsive sounds with clear and punchy projection.We have the beautiful Olive Wood Veneers to thank for the stunning lacquered finishes that help the kits stand out on any stage! The Armory kits feature insulated bass drum claws, this protects the hoops from damage, whilst also preventing any rattling or buzzing sounds. Since the SONIClear hardware was such a hit with the Saturn V Series, they have made a return on the Armory Series! The rack toms are supported by the SONIClear Suspension System, this product helps present vibration in the drumheads and shell whilst preventing energy transfer, increasing overall resonance. Another SONIClear feature is the floor tom feet, they provide a stable and supportive base while preserving vibration and preventing energy transfer for increased punch and body. For more info or to purchase this kit, click here!

High-End Drum Kits

5. Gretsch Broadkaster Tangerine Drum Kit

The Broadkaster kit's were Gretsch's number one drum set from the 20's through the 50's! With the help of advanced drum-making techniques, these iconic kits have returned. Now, with it's stunning original feel combined with the innovations of today, the Broadkaster is truly the face of brilliance! Featuring thin, musical shells are made with a North American maple/poplar/maple formula that each include an interior-ply scarf joint for added structural integrity. Perfection is Gretsch's goal and the shell interiors are another step towards just that, all of their USA-made drum shell interiors are finished with classic Gretsch Silver Sealer. To achieve tone that is incredibly warm and deep, Gretsch also hand finish the shells, using the exclusive reverse roundover bearing edge. Broadkaster toms and snares are outfitted with Gretsch's “302" 3.0mm, double flanged steel hoops for a more open tone than any die-cast hoops produce, as well as, added ambient overtones to the overall tonal characteristic. Gretsch's standard hardware features: Gretsch Straight-Sided GTS with G9025 Bracket, Gretsch G4825 Floor Tom Brackets with 12.7mm diameter legs, Gretsch G9013 Bass Drum Spurs, Gretsch 4946MT Bass Drum Mounting Plate, 24-inch bass drum is not drilled, Key-style tension rods, Gretsch GTH-SLC Single Tom Holder, Gretsch Lightning Throw-off. For more info or to purchase this kit, click here!

6. George Way Aristocrat Studio Drum Kit

Featuring the newly designed and beautifully built Art Deco single-ended lugs designed by George Way in 1953, this high gloss piano black shell pack is the perfect Jazz, BeBop set up for the pro recording and gigging drummer. 

The four-ply maple/poplar shells with re-rings bring the tone, warmth and quality you would expect from the master craftsman Ronn Dunnett.

With a vintage feel and a beautiful sound, look no further than the George Way Aristocrat Studio Drum Kit. This is a kit not to miss. For more info or to purchase this kit, click here!

If none of these seem like the right fit to you, click here to check out our full range of kits! Or, give us a call on 0191 418 7113 for some expert advice on what's the right fit for you!