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Whether you're a beginner picking out their first kit, or a seasoned pro looking at an additional kit for practice or gigging, making the choice of purchasing a complete drum set can give you the sound you need from day one. Modern drum kits have seen a great number of advances through the years. From their origins in Vaudeville, to keeping the back beat in juke joints in the 30s, to being an integral part of the rise of rock and roll music, great drumming can take even your favorite song to memorable new heights. There are a number of factors to keep in mind when purchasing a new drum set. First and foremost has got to be your location. You can have the most incredible drum set ever assembled, but if you can't play them without a noise complaint, what good are they? Where are you planning on playing these drums? Will you be set up in an area where you can rock out like Keith Moon? Or will volume be a concern? If you want to jam, but can't make a lot of noise, a kit such as the A400 from Traps or the GoKit from Taye might be the right option for you. Both are portable and reduce decibels for smaller venues or practicing. Once you determine where you'll be playing, it truly becomes a matter of personal preference. Do you want a simple kit with just the basics, or do you want more drums than limbs? Do you want a set that's more suited to jazz, or are you looking to play blazing fast heavy metal and punk rock? As always, there is no right or wrong drum kit, only the one that is going to work best for what you're trying to achieve. Honing and fine tuning your drum technique takes years of practice and it's important that you start out on a quality kit. Taking the guess work out of buying individual components can have you sounding fantastic from day one, making a complete kit a worthwhile investment.
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