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Opting for Custom Made Drum Sets

Nov 16, 2007
Is there actually any need to customise your drum set when you can get a ready made one? After all what is the use of custom made drum sets? First let us see what composes a drum kit? Also called drum set or trap set, a drum kit is a collection of drums, cymbals and some more percussion instruments, if needed. Cowbell wood block, chimes or tambourines can form the repertoire of a drum set of a single drummer.

The hardware of either ready made drum kits or a custom made one consists of drum stands, hoops, tension rods, drum pedals, cymbal stands, snare stands and more. A stand is provided for the hi-hat also, if the drummer likes to keep it that way. Here comes the utility of personalised drum sets.

The individual instruments that the drummer uses in his drum kit depends on the variety he holds in his hands including brushes, sticks and mallets. In this context, the bass drum and the hi hat cymbal differ a bit as they use foot operated pedals.

Custom made drum sets are opted for not only to satisfy personal preferences but also to make a style statement. The components of a drum kit are determined by the music styles. The playing style and the music style vary with theme, subject and the drummer.

The bass drums and the snare drums are the primary instruments that are used in most forms of rock music. In rock these are used to generate a drum beat. Where as, if we consider the jazz music, the drumbeat is created from the use of hi hat cymbals and the ride cymbal. Brushed snare drum and hi hats are also used in the above scenario.

Apart from musical styles and personal preference, the drummer has to keep some factors in mind. He has to have some good financial resource or his desire of making a good drum kit would get hampered.

Another factor for consideration is the availability of transportation options for the drummer. For playing and performance needs the drummer has to travel long to reach the destination. If he has a big collection in his drum set, then he might face transporting difficulty. So he, again, has to consider his financial resource to know exactly the constraints he can face if he goes on increasing his collection.

In the hardware part, as mentioned earlier, there are cymbals, tom-tom stands and hi hat stands. It is considered to be part of the base drum kit and the drummers like these two to be included in their customised drum sets as well.

Bass drum pedals, drum thrones i.e. seats or stool to sit, are the breakable part, as referred in the drum parlance. These items are usually customized as they are likely to go through a lot of adjustments and replacements. Drumheads and cymbals are most likely to get the customization effect. These tweaking are considered an essential part of the custom made drum sets.
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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, drum sets, drum hardware, and synthesizers, keyboards.
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