When you go to a drum store to buy an expensive drum set, you will only get only 4-piece drum set (only wood without a snare drum) unless you pay for the rest.
When it comes to drums for beginners, they usually come with a whole package containing:
- cheap cymbals (crash, ride, hi-hat)
- cymbal stands
- drum pedal
- drum throne. (sometimes)
As a beginner on drums, you will search for a cheap drum set. Have it in mind that music equipment, in general are, is very expensive so it will be hard to buy all you need at once. For the price of cymbal package you get with a beginner drum set, you can’t buy even one decent premium cymbal.
After all, there are plenty of things that you may not get by default, here is the list:
- Bass drum pedal
- Drum throne
- Snare drum stand
- Crash and ride stand
- Hi-hat stand
Depending on stores a beginner drum kit package can vary. Sometimes with a drum set, you can get a cymbal set, drum throne or some bags for the drums.
There are no two kinds of wood completely the same. This can, therefore, cause drum sets from the same series to sound different. The second thing I want to emphasize is that heads are as important as the wood.
About sizes; if you are buying on a low budget (under $1000 new) drum set, stick to smaller toms. It will be easy to tune them, and they will not go out of the tune so easily. The larger and cheaper the drum, the more tone issues you should expect, especially when you mic the drum kit.
With a good drummer and good drum heads, any drum kit can sound good. Do not be fooled by this, there is a huge difference between a beginner drum set and an expensive drum kit . The player makes all the difference in the world if you ask me