Sonor Martini kit

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I have the Sonor Safari kit (16" bass) that I use as a beater. The drums sound remarkably good for the price point.

I purchased them used but in great condition and they came with pads for muting, a bass pedal, and snare stand for $200. Would be a great starter set.
 

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I too used to have a Safari. Bought it for my son but t used it myself. Great set of drums for the price.
 

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If you're not going to pick up something used, (which is probably more bang for the buck), the Martinis have really impressed me. I played them a bit in a store recently, and I thought they sounded pretty darn good. I use a 14" bass drum regularly, though, so I may be biased. The champagne sparkle finish looked coolest in person to my eye.

Ludwig's Breakbeats are often found even cheaper, and offer sizes that are a little more flexible than the Martinis. They sounded equally good to me. That would ultimately be my recommendation.
 

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Polska said:
Thanks for the tip on the breakbeats - $249 http://www.musiciansfriend.com/drums-percussion/ludwig-pocket-kit/j41130000003000?cntry=us&source=3WWRWXGP&gclid=Cj0KCQjwktHLBRDsARIsAFBSb6x2o2uNMZ86PgOyaSHBgn_eihby5t3yV7mE9X7y8CR7DDXRQTUKKr0aAkkwEALw_wcB&kwid=productads-adid^156403583515-device^c-plaid^143155899162-sku^[email protected]^PLA

Not my call, used or new cause it's not my kid but my friend also doesn't want to overwhelm him with a 22" Bonham kit for example. :) Thought this might be a great option for a smaller kid, but not buying a "toy" beginner kit. Plus, maybe I'll buy it off him when he upgrades!
Yeah, I definitely know people who use the Breakbeats for "real," but the sizes are small enough that they wouldn't overwhelm a 10-y-o. Good luck!
 

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As many around here know, I'm all for small and compact drums. However, I think you can go too small, especially with the fundamental drums (bass, snare, rack tom, and floor tom). The 8 inch tom of the Sonor Martini limits the kit quite a bit, as do the 12 inch snare drum and 14 inch bass drum. I realize your friend wants this for their ten year old son, however, I recommend going a size up, to the Sonor Safari kit. The Safari is much more likely to be useful for pre-teen years, teen years, and adulthood.

Edited to add: Sonor Safari versus Ludwig Breakbeat. I recommend Sonor Safari, due to the 14 inch snare drum and 14 inch floor tom. The standard (and slightly larger) sizes of those two drums may be a tad more difficult for a ten year old, but in a very short time this child will need and want to learn on standard sizes. Children grow so quickly!

For reference:

Sonor Safari Sizes
14x5 SD
10x8 RT
14x12 FT
16x16 BD

Ludwig Breakbeat sizes
12x5 SD
10x7 RT
13x11 FT
16x14 BD
 

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i have the martini kit. for a 10 year old i think it would be fine right out of the box. as he progresses think about better heads. also, i did`nt like the tone of the 8" tom so i changed it out for a 10" sonor i found on ebay. it`s a well made kit and if you look close the hardware is good quality. bill
 

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I'm almost certain Breakbeats gave a 14" snare. I believe the "Pocket Kit" is the one with a 12" .
 

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The Breakbeats kit has a 5x14" snare. The floor tom is 13x13" and is a KILLER drum. I love that size floor tom, especially paired with a 10" tom.

Great drums for any level drummer.
 


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