Vast question! The choice is vast, very vast, especially if we add to the reflection the electronic drums. Let's make a first selection: the choice of electronic drums is only worthwhile if you can't practice your instrument in a soundproof room, in a house, a garage, a cellar or a studio... Despite all the technological progress made by Chinese electronics manufacturers, electronic drums still don't provide the real playing sensation of an acoustic drum set.
Which acoustic drum should I choose?
If you are a beginner: choose a good drum set, right from the start. There are several reasons for this: a quality drum set, from a major brand, will help you progress more quickly. You'll enjoy it more and for longer than with a cheap drum set that will block your progress, quite quickly. Second reason, resale. If you get tired of learning drums very quickly and want to move on to something else, it will be easier for you to resell your quality equipment second-hand.
If you are an experienced drummer, the best thing is to be able to try out the drums you are dreaming of... But here's the sad fact: there are fewer and fewer stores specializing in drums. So you have to turn to videos, forums and specialized magazines to make your first opinion (Batterie Magazine, Wikidrummer, Modern Drummer...). You can discover all our drums and snare drums via videos on our YouTube channel. You can see and hear different settings (high, medium, low/fat) on each model. Also important, the opinion of drummers who have already played on the drum you are looking for.
How much does an acoustic drum set cost?
The range, well, the rake is between 200€ and... 8,000€ or more! So what makes the difference between a cheap drum kit and a high-end drum set? Everything, in fact... Batteries under 1000 € are made in China with the quality that goes with it, the higher models are mostly made in the original workshops of the manufacturers, although you can also find Chinese batteries up to 2000€ with qualities a little higher than the entry-level ones. The quality of the chromes, the metal parts, the original mounted drumheads, the drums, the nobility of the wood used, the thickness, the rigor brought during the manufacturing process, the brand...
To begin with, we always advise to think about the resale value of the drum for several reasons. If you decide to stop, you will lose less of your investment with a quality kit... With a quality kit, you will also have more pleasure to play, so your progress will be felt, and you will keep your drums longer.
We have created a premium range but at an intermediate price that guarantees you an excellent drum set, made in France in our workshop, by hand, with all the care that makes our reputation. The Simone series is designed in this spirit: an ideal drum set for beginners as well as professional drummers. It is made of premium American maple, equipped with high quality metal hardware. Available in different configurations, the Simone range has everything to please: Simone bass drum available in 20 or 22 inches, toms in 10 and 12 inches; bass tom in 14 and 16... It is up to you to compose your Simone starter kit (e.g. 20x12x14) as you wish and to complete it over time (by adding a 10 or 16 tom for example...)
Our snare drums
The different elements of a drum set
A drum set is composed of several elements (hence its name = percussion drum set!). Basically, they are cymbals (crash cymbal, ride cymbal, china, etc.) of a Charley foot (or Charleston pedal) that opens and closes with the foot. These cymbals surround drums, each of which has a specific name. Each element can be considered as a percussion instrument in its own right.
The snare drum
The snare drum is placed between the drummer's legs. This drum is called "snare" because of the clear sound provided by the addition of a metallic tone pressed against the drumhead, via the "trigger". You can switch the tone on or off at will, depending on whether you want a more or less metallic sound. The snare drum comes in different diameters and depths. The deeper it is, the longer the sound can be. The shallower the snare drum, the drier and more slamming the sound will be. Located in the middle of the drum, it produces a more or less lively and short sound according to its dimensions and its setting.
The bass drum
The bass drum is placed on the ground (make sure that the drum is not in direct contact with the ground by setting the feet of the bass drum high enough to pass your hand flat). It produces a deep and powerful sound. The standard size of a bass drum is 20 or 22 inches in diameter. But you can find models ranging from 16 to 28 inches. The bass drum is played with a foot pedal. A second bass drum or a double bass drum pedal is sometimes added to the drum set, often to play metal or hard rock music.
The toms :
high tom, medium tom, rack tom, tom tom... They are placed in front of the drummer, above the bass drum, from highest to lowest (traditionally). Dimensions: 10 inches, 12 inches, 13 inches, 14 inches Tom bass, floor tom placed on the side, on the ground with 3 legs directly fixed on the drum, the tom bass (or bass tom) has the lowest sound. It can measure 14 inches, 16 inches or 18 inches...
Other types of toms can also complete the drum set : rototoms, octobans...