Depending on what style of music you want to play there are a lot different Drum Kits and sizes out there. It all comes down to personal preference; however the size is always an important factor. Although there are so many different drum kits on the market, here is a guide to the different types of drum kits available.

Electric

Electric drum kits are becoming more and more popular. When I started playing the drums, an electric drum kit was out the question because of how expensive they were. Now there are so many affordable electric drums, you can start to learn for under £200! They are affordable, quieter and also take up a lot less room. If you are looking to purchase an electric kit then always bare in mind the features it has to offer. If your an absolute beginner then a cheaper more affordable kit would be suitable, however if you are a more advanced player then you will want features that the starter kits don't offer. You will want things such as rim shots on the snares and toms as well as mesh pads to give you a more realistic feel to an acoustic kit. Electric drums will never be the same as acoustic; however they are becoming more advanced all the time so spending the extra may be worthwhile. Some people may want to use electric kits for recording purposes so a more basic kit can be in your favour if you are willing to spend the extra time editing to give it an acoustic drum feel. They are fun for gigs as they are easy to transport and you have the ability to change to any sound you want with the touch of a button making ensembles endless.

Fusion

Although a fusion kit is generally known to be used in fusion and jazz music, it is down to the size and tone preference when choosing a drum kit. I have played lots of fusion kits in all styles of music and I have never noticed it not working in a performance. In fact, I think the higher pitch makes it stand out even more in a performance. The fusion kit has a standard 20" bass drum, 10" and 12" quick toms, 14" floor tom and a 14" snare drum. You have the option to add larger tom sizes, however generally the smaller the toms the better it will fit with the fusion tone of the kit. Although they can be quieter, they are also a great compact kit for drummers who are always on the go. You can have rock fusion or jazz fusion etc which all depends on what tone you are after. This is often down to the wood used to create the shells on the kit. Most acoustic drum kit packs such as the Yamaha GigMaker and the Mapex Horizon are all available in a fusion spec.

Rock

The Rock Kit doesn't necessarily mean that it is specifically designed to play in a rock band. It is the most popular kit on sale and the general size for a rock kit is a 22" bass drum, 12" and 13" quick toms, 16" floor tom and a 14" snare for a louder attack. Generally, this layout is popular amongst heavier players and commonly used in louder more rock based music, however my rock kit layout has a 22" bass drum, 10" and 12" quick toms and a 14" floor tom, making it a similar tone to the fusion kit but with a louder more deep bass drum sustain. The rock kit can be said to get drowned out in recordings with it being deeper however they are loud and prominent in live performances. With the toms being a louder tone, they compliment the large rock cymbals you can accompany your kit with. If you need any more information on the different drum types 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 sales@normans.co.uk.