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Percussion is the heart and soul of any song. Whether it's a pulse-pounding heavy metal track or cool and classic rock & roll, the drums are there, setting the pace for the entire band and injecting energy into the sound. With such a vital role to play in the performance, the right acoustic drum kit is one of the most important investments you can make. Fortunately, there are plenty of choices available to suit every style of drummer in any genre. While the professional percussionist will certainly specialize his or her kit to accommodate personal preferences, an all-in-one acoustic drum set is the perfect foundation to get started on the road to success. A typical acoustic drum set will include some combination of snare drum, bass drum, tom-toms, hi-hat and cymbals. Experienced veterans, of course, will know exactly what to put in their arsenal. If you're a beginner, the ideal set for you will depend on your own sound. Perhaps the most important part of the set is the bass drum, converting simple foot motions into the living pulse of a melody. Snares and toms enter the mix to add complexity and rhythm, able to be played with sticks, rutes or brushes to create the perfect tone for any song. Cymbals are the 'special FX' center of the drum set, and an important factor in putting together the right kit. Aside from the familiar splash, crash, ride, and hi-hat cymbals, you can also take advantage of other varieties to refine your sound. China cymbals create a dark, crisp and explosive tone. Sizzle cymbals are bold and penetrating. Swish and pang cymbals take the standard ride cymbal to a whole new level. A set with exotic cymbals paves the way for a truly unique sound that you can call your own. So pick up the sticks and get banging! Whether you specialize in fast, frenetic bass, mastery of the snare and toms, or an array of cymbal effects second to none, there is a perfect acoustic drum set for you.