IDEAS on BUYING an ACOUSTIC or ELECTRIC DRUM KIT
Have a look at these articles on buying drum kits;
5. Acoustic versus Electric Drum kits.
Ellaways - Kedron - CLICK HERE
Billy Hydes - Windsor - CLICK HERE
Music Express - Mt Gravatt - CLICK HERE
Riff and Licks Music - Newstead - CLICK HERE
Gold Coast Music - Southport - CLICK HERE
Ralph Whites Muisc - Palm Beach and Tweed Heads - CLICK HERE
Guitarworld - Nerang - CLICK HERE
RENTAL DRUMKIT WEBSITES
If you're interested in renting first, to see if your child will continue playing before you commit to buying a set, have a look at these 2 websites for rental drumkits.
1. Yamaha drum kit hire page. - CLICK HERE
2. Music Corp. Rentals - CLICK HERE
For around $500-$1000 (or lower, depending on brand and series) you can get a fairly decent second-hand kit with everything. New for $500-$700 will be a much cheaper quality drumkit mostly without cymbals and stool, which is more likely to have various components break easily.
It’ll also be worthwhile going to a couple of drum shops and having a chat to the salesmen there. They can also guide you with what is worth getting with in your budget.
SECOND HAND DRUMKITS
It's worth checking on online for second-hand drumkits. Often you get everything you need, including a seat, spare drumsticks and drum books.
In regards to to buying Acoustic drum kits, good brands and series which aren't too expensive (or to look for secondhand) are;
Pearl - Forum
Pearl - Target
Pearl - Vision
Yamaha - Gigmaker
Yamaha - Stage Custom
Yamaha - Stage Custom standard
Yamaha - Tour Custom Maple - video review - Click Here
Yamaha - Live Custom - video Review - Click Here
Yamaha - YD
Mapex - Pro
Mapex - Pro M
Mapex - Voyager
TAMA - Imperialstar
TAMA - Superstar
TAMA - Silverstar
TAMA - Stagestar
Pacific Drums - PDP
Pacific Drums - Mainstage
These are just a basic list. There are many more brands and series to choose from.
Yamaha, Roland and now Pearl are the ones to look for. Each company is updating and adding new kits to their range all the time, so there might be more kits than I have on this list;
Pearl E-PRO live.
Yamaha DTXpress II
Yamaha DTXpress III
Yamaha DTxpress IV
Alesis Surge Mesh
HOW TO REDUCE NOISE ON A DRUMKIT
A couple of videos on how to reduce the volume on a drumkit
HOW TO TUNE DRUMS - BASICS