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Learning About Drum Kits & Sets
What is included in a drum set or drum kit? The modern drum set is meant for a single drummer and includes a variety of drums, cymbals, and percussion instruments. Historically, a group of percussionists would play drums and cymbals separately. Each person would have their own bass drum, snare drum, crash cymbals or handheld percussion instruments. As the jazz scene evolved, so did percussion and drumming. A single drummer could do much more with a drum kit that had all the individual instruments within reach. A pedal was invented to play the bass drum with one foot and keep time playing a 'sock cymbal' or 'low-boy' with the other foot.
We Are Drum Set Specialists
My Music Supply is run by drum experts. We're here to help you get the perfect setup! We have drum sets for sale, avilable in store to try. This is so you can get a better idea of what different sizes and types of wood sound like. Don't like the finish? We can order you something you'll like better! We deal with Mapex, Pearl, Yamaha and Sonor. Most of us at MyMusicSupply play the drumset, and have years and years of experience. We even offer drumset lessons. Give us a call!
The Modern Drum Kit
Today's drums sets are comprised of three types of drums: the bass drum, the snare drum and the toms. The bass is played with a foot-pedal and has the basic beat and the lowest pitch in the set. The toms have a variety of pitches and are used for different tones, fills and solos. The snare is used for accent, style and an offset to the beat of the bass drum. The drum set is completed by the cymbals. The standard kit will include a ride cymbal, which is used for the steady rhythm. The hi-hat cymbal is controlled by a foot pedal and also used for the steady rhythm. The crash cymbals are used for accent and big sound.
The largest variant in drums is the type of wood. Different types of wood have different timbres, overtones, attacks, and decays. Birch, for example, has a higher pitch and little more responsive. Maple is low and warm. Walnut is very punchy and dark. Some companies combine different types of wood to get a hybrid shell. The goal here is to get desirable qualities of both types of wood. The Mapex Armory, for example has birth and maple. You get the low, warm end of maple and the attack and high tone of the birch. These kits sound incredible for this reason. Take a step up in the Mapex line, you're looking at the Saturn V. These are also hybrid shells with maple. Instead of birch, there's walnut. These are one of the finest series around, and we've got them!
Expanding on Mapex...we at My Music Supply are happy to announce that we are one of the few dealers of their new falgship line - the Black Panther Design Lab! This brand new line is the ultimate Mapex kit. The Black Panther Design Lab comes in CherryBomb or Versatus. The CherryBomb sounds a little more vintage, with more control and precision. It's made up of 1mm Cherrywood plies. The Versatus, another hybrid shell made of maple and mahogany, is a classic sound with the ability to sound at home in more situations. Co-created by Russ Miller (who's at the Denver Percussion warehouse for a clinic on August 17th), Black Panther kits feature new features that no other company has. The finishes, for example are applied with a low-mass technique. Other finishes add mass to the outside of the shells and cut off the tone of the drum. This lets the drum speak.