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.
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