stick-questionmark_fullOften after a months or years of using your beginner’s kit, you are ready to move up to a drum kit with lots of better features. Whether it is electric or acoustic, you will have to find the perfect drum pads or drum shells to suit you. You may have an electric kit but you want to start playing an acoustic, and vice versa. A good suitable option that is better quality and has a more professional sounding tone is something that will help you progress. If your kit sounds better you can only improve.

Here are my top electric and acoustic intermediate drum kits that I recommend:

Alesis DM7X Electronic 6-Piece Drum Kit

stick-questionmark_fullWhen I was learning I always wanted to expand my drum kit with extra cymbals and toms, however being on an electric drum kit it wasn’t as simple. I was very limited as everything was done through the module and adding those extras was not really an option. I think the Alesis DM7X is perfect for drummers wanting to become more advanced in drumming. It is great for rock drumming with the additional cymbal and tom (which can be programmed to any pitch you want). You can also move these around the kit and position them to exactly where you want. You can play different styles of music with the dual zoned trigger pads and incorporate rim shots on the snare and all the toms. Here are some of the features that the Alesis DM7X has to offer:

  • Complete kit with pre-assembled rack has you playing in minutes
  • Get more for your money with a staggering six drums plus four cymbals
  • Advanced DM7X module with backlit LCD and intuitive layout
  • 40 ready-to-play classic and modern kits as well as 385 drum and cymbal sounds
  • Built-in sequencer, metronome, and performance recorder
  • Practice your skills with 60 play-along tracks or use the CD/MP3 aux input
  • USB/MIDI connection for use with virtual instrument and recording software
  • MIDI in and out ports for connecting directly to stand-alone MIDI gear
  • Stereo outs connect to any sound system

Mapex Horizon II Drum Kit

mapex horizonMoving onto an intermediate drum kit means you have to look for better features, such as a higher quality wood, better hardware and more durable cymbals. As a Mapex player myself, I cannot fault the Mapex Horizon II for being a fantastic intermediate kit for players wanting to progress. It has Paiste 101 cymbals included which are B8 bronze cymbals for a brighter tone. If you have started a band then they are also great for live performances. The poplar shells have a nice sharp sustain as well as the stunning choice of wrapped finishes that look great on stage. Here are some of the features that the Mapex Horizon comes with:

  • Hardware Pack: Two cymbal stands, Hi Hat stand, Snare stand, Pedal, Throne and mounting hardware.
  • Packed with a PAISTE 101 series, 3pce cymbal set.
  • 7.2mm Poplar shell with new durable high-gloss wrapped new finishes.
  • Double tom holder with auxiliary cymbal placement position.
  • Re-engineered Isolated Tom Mount System (ITS).
  • New tom bracket for speedy set up and take down.
  • New low-profile cushioned bass drum claws.
  • New 531 series hardware.
  • New memory locks for added security on 500 series hardware.
  • New multi-sustain cymbal felts on 500 series hardware.
  • New retractable Boom arm.
  • REMO drum heads and self muffling bass drum head.

You may also be interested in:

Yamaha GigMaker Rock Drum Kit – Another fantastic drum kit that comes complete with everything to start playing straight out the box!

Roland TD-11K V Compact Series Kit – A natural response electric drum kit that is perfect to build your skills as a drummer.

If you need any more information on intermediate drum kits then please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to help and answer any queries you have. You can get to me on 01283 535 333 option 1, or email to

About the author

Lizzie joined Normans after graduating from university in Popular Music with Music Technology. She has been playing the drums for most of her life and gained a great insight into both the technical and live aspects of them. As well as the drums, Lizzie loves to play guitar and will have a go at any instrument she can get her hands on!