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meeple
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Beginner drum recs for 9 yr old
He’s always drumming around. Thinking about a bongo drum. Anyone have any recs?


olddawg26
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re: Beginner drum recs for 9 yr old
Maybe a snare drum with a pad on it so it’s muffled? He could def play along with more traditional stuff and learn rolls with that. Stick grips and other techniques too. Slowly build onto it if he likes it a lot.


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SEClint
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re: Beginner drum recs for 9 yr old
Get a 5 piece pearl for $700. No point in buying a beginner set that is low quality and turning people off to making satisfying music.


Oswald
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re: Beginner drum recs for 9 yr old
What Clint said. Remo Silentstroke drumheads and Zildjian’s L80 low-volume cymbals are excellent for volume-sensitive rehearsal spaces (like your home)


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thedrumdoctor
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Member since Sep 2016
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re: Beginner drum recs for 9 yr old
Agreed. Anything in the $500-700 range will net you a great "beginner" drum kit. All of the major brands put out decent products.

Pearl

Tama ( this one comes with cymbals)

Gretsch

Yamaha

Most of these kits come with hardware( stands, etc) but you'll want to look into cymbals or cymbal packs to complete the kit

Zildjian

Sabian

Meinl

I also give drum lessons if interested.


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BigOrangeVols
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re: Beginner drum recs for 9 yr old
My first kit was a cheap electric set which I think my parents liked because I could plug in headphones in my room and they didn't have to hear it. You can get some basic electric kits for pretty cheap. $200-400. It's not as good as a real kit in terms of versatility but not a bad gig to start out on.

If you're not looking for a full drum set then bongos would be fine but a Cajon might be a little more up your alley.


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Devious
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re: Beginner drum recs for 9 yr old
Agree with the full kit recommendations. You could find a decent set used at a pawn shop or guitar center.

Imo if the kid wants to drum, just a snare or bongo will bore him to tears.


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LSUmakemewanna
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re: Beginner drum recs for 9 yr old
Started with a yamaha snare drum kit from a local pawn shop, and parents signed me up for lessons. Didn't get a kit for another year (they wanted to see if I was really into it, i suppose). Ended up getting me a kit from another pawn shop. When I was starting out, there wasn't an entry level market like there is now.


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BCMCubs
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re: Beginner drum recs for 9 yr old
Practice pad and have him learn rudiments


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logjamming
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re: Beginner drum recs for 9 yr old
Has he expressed interest in taking up the instrument, or are you just trying to find a creative channel for for his energy?

If you’re serious about getting him started, you can buy a high quality used kit for $200-400 online or at any music shop or guitar center—Tama, Pearl, Yamaha all make sturdy beginner-intermediate kits. I started on a Tama Rockstar at 10 or 12 and it held up well until I traded it in to buy a new set of Starclassics when I was in high school.

I’d avoid a “beginners set” that you’d find at a box store, as he will quickly outgrow it.

All of the major cymbal companies have preconfigured packs with hats, crash and ride. New they’ll probably be about $200-$300 depending on what line you get.

Let me know if you have any specific questions. If you search around, a great starting setup will be around $500-$600, that will last a while before he upgrades, and if he doesn’t take to it, you’ll be able to sell it without taking a huge loss.



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wareaglepete
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re: Beginner drum recs for 9 yr old


Kid needs to have high expectations put on him.
This post was edited on 12/6 at 9:53 am


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