How is it even possible to play those toms?I know a guy that gigs an old CB MAXX kit (look at the toms!). I filled in for him one night while he was suddenly called out of town. The band said "We have the drum set covered! You don't have to bring yours!" I STILL have nightmares about that kit! Sounded like wet cardboard! The only thing with any value was a 20" K ride.
100 bucks? Don't over think it. Go check it out. If it is ok buy it, tune it and play it. Expect to buy some new heads.Thanks for the opinions and experiences, folks. Interestingly, there are different viewpoints.
My takeaway is that the only way for me to know is to take a drum key, a stick, and maybe even a spare head or two over to the seller's house and make him watch me for about an hour while I fool with his drums. Playing them won't likely be enough, not only because the sounds can change with different heads and tuning, but also because hardware seems the hidden deal stopper. Although selected pieces of hardware can probably be replaced cheaply enough (well, if I can find pieces that fit) having to replace a lot of the hardware could turn out to be expensive. I think I'll have to test every tension lug by turning it, remove at least a couple heads, and otherwise give the kit a thorough inspection.
I don't know whether or not I'm up to all this, and the guy might be better off selling the drums to a mother buying a starter kit for her kid. I might well pass after inspecting the drums anyway. But the experience could be fun, so I'll see if the seller wants to waste some time watching me dismantle his drums.
With exception to the Ludwig and Sonor kits, budget drums are pretty much all I've ever owned.A guy I've dealt with before in my local drummers' Facebook group is selling a 4-piece kit of an unknown brand for $100. The photos actually don't look bad (usually I can identify toy drums from photos) though the kit can't be quality. I assume the drums are poplar (unless there's an even cheaper material) but so what? Poplar can sound good. The real risk, it would seem, is hardware so weak that the drums are unusable. But even hardware can be replaced.
I also admit to having an admiration for bucket drummers, or more practically, for finding honor in defying markets by playing really cheap drums. Of course, I wouldn't do this with cymbals, and this kit doesn't include a snare, so the snare could be quality. But if the kick and a couple toms could be made to sound OK, I can't shake the feeling that this would be a fun way to go.
Plus, who cares about cases (or spilled beer)? For $25 a drum, there's not much to lose.
Anyone actually do this, or am I contemplating wasting $100 along with some aggravation?