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Stefanie, everything already said about making what you have work for you is true. Nothing wrong with a used Pearl Export. (I started on a new Tama Swingstar in 1985 and thought it was the best. It was all I could afford. It got me thru 4 years of live gigs and nobody complained about the sound.)

But what happens as you progress is that you start to notice differences between brands. Different sound, more effective hardware, lighter weight, maybe even a finish/look you prefer. This can and often leads you to switching around. Do it enough and you become a 'drum addict'. Which many of us here on DFO are. I know I is one after 35 years of playing drums. I'm not saying it's a good thing or a bad thing, it's just a thing!

Having played many drum kits, and running the drum department for almost 17 years, I will say that there are certainly drum companies that make excellent kits in all price categories, and especially in the entry to semi-professional level. One of those is Yamaha. As a semi-pro player myself I would play any Yamaha kit [with one exception, the GigMaker that I found inferior]. My favorite cheap kit was an old Rydeen I bought used for $100. So keep the Stage Custom in the back of your mind.

Finally, there's a saying that if you don't like the sound of an instrument you're not going to WANT to practice with it often. If you really dislike the sound of the cymbals, and you can afford to, consider replacing the ones you don't like with a better sounding cymbal;. As already mentioned there are a lot of used cymbals available for cheap prices these days.

Good luck, have fun, make the kit your own. And I advocate hitting the drums if you're angry. It's a healthy way to release aggression...
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Beautifully said!
 

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Uhh, look, I’m sorry again. It’s not that I’m so lazy that I don’t want to type correctly, it’s just that I didn’t care enough. When I was typing that paragraph, I wasn’t focused on the grammar, I was focused on how I was feeling at the moment. My feelings got the best of me and I probably should have been considering the grammar. Of course, if this were an English class or something I’d be using proper grammar but this isn’t an English class so I wasn’t too concerned with it. I’ll think about this next time I try to write another paragraph. I apologize once again. Have a good day.
Please ignore the posts that pay attention to your typing instead of your content, sorry that happened.
 

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Steph's got what she got. She's gonna make those Pearls great no matter what. Looks don't matter, her drum's sound matter. What you, I or anybody else would've, could've or should've doesn't matter. They're hers and she's gonna get a ton of bang out of them for her buck. Guarantee it. In my opinion, she made an infallible choice. Those drums are gonna teach what no school could ever. I hear your point, I really do. Let's support her choice, let's allow her to establish her percussive roots regardless of soil she chooses.
agree I have a first act kit I’ve redone and it works perfect. So will the pearl. She has all the tools to learn a great talent and express herself with. And no you’re not the village idiot. Name calling isn’t cool period. It’s not cool to attack people for little things like grammar or junk in that matter. But yes I agree she has a great kit to get started on the journey to be a drummer. There’s kids making kits out of boxes etc on YouTube just to play.
 

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Stefanie, everything already said about making what you have work for you is true. Nothing wrong with a used Pearl Export. (I started on a new Tama Swingstar in 1985 and thought it was the best. It was all I could afford. It got me thru 4 years of live gigs and nobody complained about the sound.)

But what happens as you progress is that you start to notice differences between brands. Different sound, more effective hardware, lighter weight, maybe even a finish/look you prefer. This can and often leads you to switching around. Do it enough and you become a 'drum addict'. Which many of us here on DFO are. I know I is one after 35 years of playing drums. I'm not saying it's a good thing or a bad thing, it's just a thing!

Having played many drum kits, and running the drum department for almost 17 years, I will say that there are certainly drum companies that make excellent kits in all price categories, and especially in the entry to semi-professional level. One of those is Yamaha. As a semi-pro player myself I would play any Yamaha kit [with one exception, the GigMaker that I found inferior]. My favorite cheap kit was an old Rydeen I bought used for $100. So keep the Stage Custom in the back of your mind.

Finally, there's a saying that if you don't like the sound of an instrument you're not going to WANT to practice with it often. If you really dislike the sound of the cymbals, and you can afford to, consider replacing the ones you don't like with a better sounding cymbal;. As already mentioned there are a lot of used cymbals available for cheap prices these days.

Good luck, have fun, make the kit your own. And I advocate hitting the drums if you're angry. It's a healthy way to release aggression...
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Haha, a "drum addict" doesn't sound bad. Maybe I'll be a "drum addict" some day :cool: I'll work towards that. And, I will be keeping that stage custom in mind. It interests me a lot and If I ever decide that I want to get a new set, a stage custom will be what I look for first. I don't exactly love the sound of the cymbals I own but I don't hate them either. If I do get a chance to, I will switch them out. For now, I'll work with what I've got. I absolutely agree with the last bit! I've realized drums are amazing for dealing with anger, its a nice coping mechanism. Thank you so much for the advice!!
 

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DON"T READ THIS IF YOU'RE A GRAMMAR NAZI!! Steph, It was relatively easy! I lived on the wrong side of the tracks and the wrong side of the freeway. It was drugs, booze and crime. 12 year-old dead-beat invisible fathers and even more dead-beat invisible mothers. Zero futures. Plenty of living and dead examples in my immediate family of what NOT to be. It's 'normal' to this day. Not for me! I gave myself a simple goal and lived a life directed at getting it filled. I don't wanna be a famous drummer, I just wanna be good at what I do on the drums. I live that way to this day. What's impressive to me is a mindset willing to accept and continue to live in such a lousy environment! It was an easy and complete healing process for me to be comfortable sitting behind a drumkit. YOU MUST BE COMFORTABLE first and foremost between the ears, your brain. Overcome and assimilate with you have. Everybody else's don't count. It never will. Those who think that way will always be limited to doing YouTube covers at best and never excel with what is their persona on the drums. Everybody's doing the same thing. Bash'n and crash'n. No style, no character, no soul. You're the captain of your drumming ship. You decide where you wanna go. You decide how you're gonna make it with what you have. You decide how difficult or easy it will be to chart that course. TIME is EVERYTHING! This is YOU and ALL YOU. Don't let anyone or thing say no to what you wanna be. You will always win access in any genre with a great Jazz foundation, not the other way around. DUMP the stinking time-sucking, energy-stealing, mind-polluting boyfriends! Sacrifice always wins. Know the difference between a good drummer and lousy drummer? A good drummer has a passion at what THEY are doing, not somebody else. Sweet dreams, sweet memories and drum-on Girl! Put those dudes and doubters to shame!
Gosh, without a doubt, you have fully encouraged me to go on those drums! :D
That neighborhood tho, it sounds.. sad. The way you took things in that situation was a good approach. I'll use that, set a goal and get it done! You've been just right about everything else once again. It all counts on me and I'm going to work on that. I'll know to put things aside, especially dudes.. I think I prefer drums>dudes, haha. Thanks for everything! I truly appreciate it. Ill come back to this and read it if I ever begin to doubt myself :)
 
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I'm 14 :')
I said I'm sorry, I'm not sure what else to do. I can go back and add in periods if that'll make it better but I don't see a point in doing that now..
I will make sure to add periods next time and correct my grammar, alright?
Have a good rest of your day.
 
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I'm 14 :')
I said I'm sorry, I'm not sure what else to do. I can go back and add in periods if that'll make it better but I don't see a point in doing that now..
I will make sure to add periods next time and correct my grammar, alright?
Have a good rest of your day.
Don’t take me so serious .Even the moderators here said to ignore me .
 

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The high tom is 12 inches, the middle is 13 inches, and the floor tom is 16 inches. I'm not sure about the rest of the parts..
Prolly 14” snare 22” kick should be a great kit for ya to learn on. And always can upgrade later on there’s tons of cymbals and drum available on here and the members all can help with anything but playing them for ya lol.
 
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When you're starting out, what you play on pales in comparison to how much you play on them. A good drummer can make any drum set sound good. I wanted a Pearl Export for my first drum kit. I ended up with a Premier XPK drumset and Zildjian Scimitar cymbals. Very comparable to what you have now and I didn't end up parting with that kit for a long time actually. I just made sure to WEAR IT OUT night and day. Good luck!
 

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Don’t take me so serious .Even the moderators here said to ignore me .
I'm not ignoring it. Stefanie is a young and excited new drummer who came here in good faith to get some help and encouragement from a DRUM FORUM. You instead attacked her over and over because her grammar doesn't suit you. That kind of thing is not who we are as a forum, and it's certainly not how we treat new forum members.

Houndog, Let it go. Now. If you post about this again I will promptly delete it.
 

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I'm 14 :')
I said I'm sorry, I'm not sure what else to do. I can go back and add in periods if that'll make it better but I don't see a point in doing that now..
I will make sure to add periods next time and correct my grammar, alright?
Have a good rest of your day.
Stefanie, I can read and understand your posts just fine. There's no reason for you to say you're sorry. I hope you'll stick around here, keep posting your questions, and keep us updated on your growth in drums. The vast majority of us here support young drummers, appreciate your involvement here on DFO, and will give you much encouragement along the way.
 

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Stefanie, I can read and understand your posts just fine. There's no reason for you to say you're sorry. I hope you'll stick around here, keep posting your questions, and keep us updated on your growth in drums. The vast majority of us here support young drummers, appreciate your involvement here on DFO, and will give you much encouragement along the way.
Thank you!
 

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Stephanie-as others have mentioned, keep the exports and get good heads and learn tuning techniques. Exports are just fine! I would think of investing in cymbals and 2-3 different constructed snares. Those are arguably the most important components of your kit.
 

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Hey Stefanie!

First congrats on your drums. As everyone else has already said, Pearl Exports are a fine first kit.... what I wanted to ask you was, do you have a drum teacher?

When you are a young, new drummer, having a drum teacher is really very important. There are so many things about the drums that are not obvious when you first start out. Things like head choices, stick choices, tuning, positioning everything ergonomically, how the various parts work (like that crazy hihat!) care and maintenance, etc... A good teacher can teach you about all these thing... as well as how to play better!

So you have a good kit. Stick with it and find a good teacher next. Good luck!!!
 


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