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Old 01-22-2009, 07:26 PM
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Small sets?


Just starting out, i have been looking at beginner sets but I have so little space where i live that i don't know if i can deal with most standard 5 piece kits.

I have been told to avoid cocktail kits since i am just starting. and I would rather not go electric. what other options are there for a small budget and an even smaller space? are there any kids sets that have good full size sound?

any suggestions would be much appreciated.
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Re: Small sets?


I just picked up an 80's vintage Slingerland bop kit. 18-10-12-14 w/4x15 snare. $100. Shells need work (black laquered-checking), but hardware good, and they sound incredible.
They are not US made, but nice little set for the money for sure.

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Re: Small sets?


Smallest kit you'll probably find other than cocktail size would be a small jazz kit like gretsch's Catalina Club Jazz Shell Kit
Specifications: 8 x 12-inch Mounted Tom, 14 x 14-inch Floor Tom, 14 x 18-inch Bass Drum
5 x 14-inch 8-Lug Snare Drum, Single Tom Holder.

The 14X18 in. bass will make the kits footprint fairly small compared to a standard or fusion size kit.
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Re: Small sets?


Yamaha makes a Manu katche Signature series kit that is sized smaller--I think they call it "Youth Size"... I've heard they sound great (as most Yamaha drums do)... Worth looking into at least.

Maybe you can sit behind one at a local store.. I think they are like 75% of the size of a full-size kit based on pics I have seen...

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Re: Small sets?


Small kits can sound great and not take up a ton of room. I have a kit with a 20" bass drum, 10",12", and 14" toms and they sound great. There are several kits on the market that are made well with reasonable prices. You may want to check out Gretsch or Yamaha just to name a couple. CAUTION.....don't buy a kit just because of the cheap price.....Remember the old saying....You get what You pay for.....not to discourage. There are good drums at a reasonable price.
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What about traps drums? anyone have experience with these? i find it hard to believe that they could produce good sound.
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Re: Small sets?


all I've heard about traps is that they are surprisingly loud.
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Re: Small sets?


Most companies make club kits starting with 18 or even 16" bass drums. Yamaha especially do some nice ones.
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Old 01-28-2009, 03:24 AM
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Re: Small sets?


the two kits i am looking at right now (thanks to some suggestions) are the Gretsch club jazz kit, sold with hardware for about 650.
and the traps a400 set at just under 600.

leaning towards the traps for space saving reasons.
Though the Gretsch kit is sexier (I assume it sounds better too).

thanks for all the input I'll let y'all know what develops.
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