Finding a Junior Drum Set
For Your Young Drummer
By Glen VanLand
What is nice about junior or starter drum sets is that even though they are quality instruments, they are generally affordable.
There are enough on the market now that you can generally find one for between $100 and $150.
This is far less than the several hundred dollars you would pay for a real drum kit. Plus, junior drum kits usually come with all the accessories needed to start drumming right away, like drum sticks, bass pedal, throne (drumming seat), and drum key. This means child drummers can usually start drumming right away once they purchase their kit.
There are junior drum kits in a variety of configurations, but generally choosing one is relatively simply.
Starter drum kits are normally first categorized by how many 'drums' are in the kit.
You'll find 3-piece, 4-piece, and 5-piece junior drum sets, which really defines how many tom-tom drums come with the kit in addition to the bass drum and snare drum. Any of these configurations are fine for a young drummer to start drumming, it just a matter of preference and budget. Junior drum sets also come with cymbals and a high-hat to complete the drum set components.
There are also different size child drum sets, and most will indicate the age appropriateness for each set. You'll find small sets made for children ages 3-7, then sets for ages 7-10. Some of the larger child drum sets are suitable for children all the way into their teenage years, which they will use as long as they are fond of drumming and until they are ready to upgrade to a full set. These junior drum sets will also last many years as well, as the main parts that wear down are the drum heads which are easily replaced.
Finding a great drum set for kids is relatively easy as well.
Many major musical instruments manufacturers who make drums will also make junior drum kits as part of their product offerings, and as mentioned they are generally affordable.
You will find some upscale junior sets with more features that cost more. However another option is buying a used junior drum set. Since young drummers are always upgrading to full sets, and because their junior drum kits are usually perfectly useful, there are always plenty of used drum kits on the market. Looking on eBay for used child drum sets is a smart place for parents to find their child's first drum set.
So if you can stand the noise of your child enjoying his new drum kit, but are willing to introducing him to the new world of drumming, then consider a starter drum set and get them started off in the right direction.
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