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    Default Buying My First Drum Set

    As of this fall, I will have graduated from college, and will likely live in an apartment. This means: more space! More independence! And FINALLY, the chance to buy a drum set!



    (I've played the drums since the seventh grade, but there was never space at home for a full set. My parents wouldn't have let me buy one anyway. So I played percussion in concert band and marching band, all through middle school, high school, and my freshman year of college... but never learned to play set. )

    This drum set will be my graduation present to myself. I will finally teach myself to play -- and/or find an instructor? unless learning through YouTube and lesson books will be enough* -- and, hopefully, I will start a band with my INTJ friend who plays the bass.

    SO. My question for the forum is:
    What kind of drum set should I buy? And what kind of source should I buy it from?

    Things to take into consideration:
    - Available space (as I will likely be sharing a small apartment)
    - Noise level (as I would prefer not to annoy the neighbors when I practice; would this mean buying an electric set? or putting practice pads on it?)
    - Price (as I will have student loans to pay off and not a lot of money to spare)

    Thanks in advance!

    Edit: If y'all have any preferred drum kit lesson books, or DVD sets, then advice on that would be welcome too


    *seeing as how I've played percussion for so long, it's not like I'm learning from scratch, so I'm thinking I won't need to pay for lessons
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    Budget? (I owe three kits, currently)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanton Moore View Post
    Budget? (I owe three kits, currently)
    As inexpensive as possible, without sacrificing quality too much.

    (I haven't honestly looked at average prices, and I don't know how much money I'll be making in the fall, since I don't have a job set up yet.)
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    I would buy the most expensive one. Because expensive is better.

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    Acoustic or electronic?
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    Go for a Roland or Yamaha electric kit. You can get a smalll keyboard amp too, or wire it into a stereo. that should do you nicely.
    Look on Craig's List. There should be several.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post
    As inexpensive as possible, without sacrificing quality too much.

    (I haven't honestly looked at average prices, and I don't know how much money I'll be making in the fall, since I don't have a job set up yet.)
    This should keep you busy for awhile: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Drum---Percussion.gc
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