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Tips about Drum Equipments

Nov 2, 2007
Buying new drum equipment, whether it is a new or used drum set, new or used cymbals, or any drum accessories, can be a bit challenging. With so many different brands of drums, cymbals, and other drum equipments available in the market and so many opinions, it makes the decision process even more difficult.

Different drum manufacturers make their shells of drum sets out of different types of wood, resulting as variable sounds. Most of the entry-level drum kits are made of basswood, poplar, or Philippine mahogany, which are cheaper wood that does not produce a high quality sound. Higher-end drums use more expensive wood such as birch or maple, which produce a richer, more resonant tone, and has a higher price tag.

Here are some tips about drum equipments

A drum kit is a collection of drums, cymbals and some other percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, wood block, chimes or tambourines, arranged for harmonious playing by a single drummer. Drum kit components consists of these following things

Bass drum
Bass drum is a large drum that produces a note of low definite or indefinite pitch. There are three general classifications of bass drums: the concert bass drum, the 'kick' drum, and the pitched bass drum.

China cymbal
These are cymbals, which are manufactured to have a dark, crisp, and explosive tone.

While the cowbell is commonly found in musical contexts, its origin can be traced to freely roaming animals. They are trapezoid, cylindrical or cup-shaped.

Cymbals consist of thin, normally round plates of various cymbal alloys. Cymbals are used in modern orchestras and many military, marching, concert and other bands. They are one of the two instrument types that form the modern drum kit.

Drum stick
A drum stick is an object used to strike drums and other percussion instruments to produce sound. Some specialized drum sticks are called beaters, mallets, or brushes.

Floor tom
A floor tom is a double-headed tom-tom drum, which usually stands on the floor on three legs. They can also be fixed to a cymbal stand with a drum clamp.

Hi hat
A hi hat is a type of cymbal and stands used as an essential part of a drum kit by percussionists in jazz, rock and roll, and contemporary popular music.

Snare drum
The snare drum or side drum is a tubular drum made of wood or metal with skins, or heads, stretched over the top and bottom openings, and with a set of cords stretched across the bottom head.

Sizzle cymbal
Sizzle cymbal is a cymbal to which rivets, chains or other rattles have been added to modify the sound.

Splash cymbal
The normal function of a splash cymbal is to provide a short, often highly syncopated accent.

Swish cymbal
The swish cymbal has a higher tone. These cymbals are traditionally mounted bell-up, as a regular ride cymbal.

The tambourine is a musical instrument of the percussion family consisting of a wooden or plastic frame with pairs of small metal jingles, called "zils".

Trigger pad
A trigger pad is a sensor on a drum that produces a certain sound assigned from a sound module once the head has been struck.

Since a good number of brands are available in the market, a little homework on the buyers' part will prove its worthwhile buying a drum kit.
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant for guitars, drums, and synthesizers. You can find the best marketplace for guitars, drums, and synthesizers at these 3 sites: guitars, electric guitars, drums, drum equipments, and synthesizers, keyboards
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