Good question. Good cymbals are very expensive and good heads are relatively inexpensive. The question you will have to ask yourself is do you see yourself going any further than learning the basics?
If the answer is yes, then you will want to get the best quality shells you can get that fit into your budget. This will allow you to have shells that will sounds good for a very long time. You can upgrade cymbals after that one at a time when cash flow allows.
If the answer is no, then as long as you get a kit that won't fall to pieces in short order you are fine. (either the Sonor
or the Mapex
will do fine in this situation)
Force 2007 has Birch shells and the Mapex
Q has Basswood shells. In my opinion Birch is the better wood, and Sonor
builds a better quality shell. Now, don't get me wrong here, both the Mapex
Q and the Sonor
Force 2007 are good beginner sets.
The other option would be to shop the classifieds in your local papers, the Thrifty Nickel and Craig's List to find a good used set. In this economy this will probably get you the best kit, cymbals and hardware for the least money.