Selecting & Buying Second-Hand Drums by Waywood Music

Selecting & Buying Second-Hand Drums


If you apply the following principles you won't go very far wrong:

  1. Aim for a well established make.
  2. Research the models that are available and what the reviewers say about them.
  3. Drums come in many different sizes and colours. Think:
  4. Read the adverts in the music and drumming press and if you choose to view, take someone with you who knows what they're looking for.
  5. Examine the tension rods and look for problems e.g., badly 'chewed' rod heads, signs of stripping of the threads, rattling, inability to tighten. If there are problems, how easy and cheap will they be to repair? Is there ground for negotiating on the price?
  6. Check the snare throw-off mechanism on snare drums for smooth operation and examine the snares for signs of distortion or cracking.
  7. Check the roundness of all drum shells and look for signs of abuse e.g., bad marking (chips and scratches) and examine the bearing edges (where the drum head rests on the shell). Ensure that the original badges are still attached to the shell by their original fittings. 'Stuck-on' badges can represent an expensive name on a cheap shell.
  8. Check the condition of the drum heads for splits and signs of abuse. The life of a head depends on its type, how heavily it is played, how often it is played. REMEMBER that they can be easily and relatively cheaply replaced if necessary.
  9. Listen to the kit. Is it what you're after? Listen for buzzes and rattles which may indicate problems (although they may be due to a loose nut, screw or tension rod).
  10. Are there any 'spares' with the drums e.g., drum keys, spare tension bolts etc.

Never be afraid to ask the owner questions about the history of the drums and why they are being sold.


You may like to Contact Us with specific Questions.

Alternatively, you may like to contact the Drum Manufacturers directly, or the Music Press to access reviews and 'road tests' of the equipment you're looking for.


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