The drum set has been played for over one hundred and forty years and can be heard in most genres and styles of music. It’s a combination of the snare drum, bass drum, tom-toms, and cymbals. Buying a new drum set can be a really exciting experience! When choosing which drum set you want, simply find one that catches your eye, sounds great when you sit down and play with it, and see if it comes with all of the essentials. If it sounds good and looks good, then it’s the right drum set for you!

The most frequently asked questions are

  • How much will it cost?
  • Can we get it in different colors (finishes)?
  • Does it come with cymbals?
  • Does it come with hardware (cymbal/snare drum stands)?
  • Does it come with a drum throne (seat) and bass drum pedal?”

Of course, you can come up with your own combination of drums, cymbals and hardware. However, this article will help take some of the guess work out of the previous questions by looking at starter packs that include all the parts of the drum set. Let’s take a look at some stellar beginner drum set packs.

First, we have the Pearl Roadshow RS525SC 5-Piece Drum Set with Hardware & Cymbals. It’s priced at $479 and it comes in a variety of awesome finishes including Charcoal Metallic, Jet Black, Red Wine, Bronze Metallic and Aqua Blue Glitter. It’s a great option for anyone who wants a complete drum set package at a reasonable price and can be played by anyone regardless of skill level or what genre they’ll be pursuing.

The Roadshow’s bass drum, tom-toms, and snare drum feature a strong, 9-ply poplar wood shell with hand-cut 45° bearing edges that helps to create tremendous drum tones. The Roadshow’s snare and cymbal stands are height and angle adjustable to be comfortable for any drummer and has double-braced legs to withstand natural wear and tear. Also, the cymbals, drum throne and bass drum pedal are included!

List of items included:

22” x 16″ Bass Drum

10” x 8″ Tom-Tom

12” x 9″ Tom-Tom

16” x 16″ Floor Tom

14” x 5.5″ Snare Drum

Cymbal Stand

Hi-Hat Stand

Snare Stand

Bass Drum Pedal

Drum Throne

Tom Holders x 2

16″ Crash Ride Cymbal

14″ Hi-Hats

Drum Sticks (2 Pair)

Stick Bag

Pearl Drum Poster

Another option is the Tama Imperialstar 5-Piece Complete Drum Kit with Meinl HCS Cymbals. You can buy this drum set in Hairline Black, Midnight Blue, Candy Apple Mist, Hairline Blue and Champagne Mist finishes.  It’s priced higher than the Peal Roadshow at $699.99 and is totally worth it.

Imperialstar drums shells are made with 8 ply, 100% poplar wood that helps create full, warm tones and help keep its tuning consistent. Plus, the 45° double-cut bearing edges of the drum shells allow the shells to sing with tonal precision. With the TAMA rack tom-tom mounting system, you get tons of flexibility and sturdy positioning. Additionally, it doesn’t require an extra tom-tom “arm” shell intrusion to mount the second rack tom-tom which could sometimes hinder the shell’s natural resonance. A nice eye-catching feature is the chrome finished hardware to make your drum set stand out. Between the adjustability and strength, you have a fantastic drum set for all drummers. The Imperialstar’s throne comes with a padded 13″ diameter seat and the Iron Cobra 200 bass drum pedal has a smooth, light glide.

To top it all off, TAMA partnered with Meinl Cymbals to include Meinl’s HCS cymbal pack. These brass cymbals have excellent high range and are long lasting.  You’ll also receive a free Meinl HCS 10” Splash cymbal and a free TAMA Splash holder.

List of items included:

18″ x 22″ Bass Drum

8” x 10” Tom-Tom

9” x 12” Tom-Tom

14” x 16” Floor Tom

5” x 14” Snare

HS40W Snare Stand

HH45W Hi-Hat Stand

HC43BW Boom Stand

HC42W Straight Stand

HP200P Bass Drum Pedal

MTH600 Tom Holder

Drum Throne

Floor Tom Legs

Meinl HCS 14″ Hi-Hat

Meinl HCS 16″ Crash

Meinl HCS 20″ Ride

FREE Meinl HCS 10″ Splash

FREE Tama Splash Holder


The Groove Percussion 5-Piece Drum Set with Hardware and Cymbals is perfect for beginner drummers. It comes in a glossy, black finish and is priced fairly at $399.99. The bass drum and tom-toms are made with 9 ply, select hardwoods ensuring durability and colossal tones. The snare drum that comes with this drum set sounds great with medium and high tuning and the bass drum and tom-toms are thunderous!

The hardware includes a straight cymbal stand, hi-hat stand, snare drum stand, chain-drive bass drum pedal and even a drum throne, all of which is double braced for added stability and durability.  This complete starter set also comes with a 14″ hi-hat and a 16″ crash ride. This complete 5-piece drum set with hardware and cymbals from Groove Percussion has everything you need to start playing drums!

List of items included:

16” x 22” Bass Drum

10” x 12” Tom-Tom

10” x 13” Tom-Tom

16” x 16” Floor Tom

5.5” x 14” Snare


Crash Ride Cymbal

Drum Throne

Bass Drum Pedal

Cymbal Stand

HiHat Stand

Snare Stand

While all of these kits come fully stocked with nearly everything you need to start playing, you may want to consider adding the following items to get the most out of whichever drum set you choose.

Sabian B8X Promo 2-Pack – 14″ Thin Crash – $199.99

Even though all of these drum starter packs come with everything you need to play drums, you might want to consider spending a little extra cash to take your sound to the next level. The Sabian B8X Promo 2-Pack with 14″ Thin Crash includes a crisp 14″ Hi-Hat, a loud multi-purpose 18″ Crash Ride, and a bright 14″ Thin Crash. These bronze cymbals have fantastic high range at a low price and are protected by the Sabian two-year warranty.


Evans G2 Clear Tom Pack with HD Dry Snare Head – $49.99 to $54.99

Make your drum set sound even better with the G2 Clear Tom Pack that includes an HD Dry Snare Head. The 2-ply, 7mil G2 heads combine sustain, tone, and durability making them the perfect choice for recording and live in concert. The Evans HD Dry snare drum head will make your snare drum sound great whether it’s tuned low, medium or high! This 2-ply head is very durable and with the 2-mil overtone control ring, the snare drum will produce less overtones.

Tom Pack Options:
12″ G2 Drum Head
13″ G2 Drum Head
16″ G2 Drum Head
14″ HD Dry Coated Drum Head

10″ G2 Drum Head
12″ G2 Drum Head
16″ G2 Drum Head
14″ HD Dry Coated Drum Head

10″ G2 Drum Head
12″ G2 Drum Head
14″ G2 Drum Head
14″ HD Dry Coated Drum Head

On-Stage Non-Slip Drum Mat – 6’ x 4’ – $34.95

The On-Stage Non-Slip Drum Mat is a must-have. It prevents bass drums from scraping your floor and from sliding away from you while playing. It’s lightweight, made from durable, non-slip PVC material and folds away neatly into a carry bag. This mat also has a 6’ x 4’ surface area which is the perfect size to fit your whole drum set.


On-Stage Drum Set Dust Cover – $39.95

The On-Stage Drum Set Dust Cover is perfect for drummers who play in the basement and garage.  Keep your drum set free of dust and dry with this 80” x 108” water resistant, nylon drum set cover. It also comes with sewn in, weighted corners to keep your dust cover from sliding off your drum set.