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How To Assemble A Typical Drum Set

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Although drum sets can come in countless styles, arrangements, and variations, many beginner drummers may not know how to construct what could be considered a typical or basic drum set.  With this set of step-by-step instructions, anyone with the proper materials will be able to put together a complete set.  Not all the materials that I present are required (because again, you may not have everything that I have), but it will provide the basic skills needed for assembly.  View the next step for the list of materials that I will be handling.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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The drum set I will be using consists of:

- 1 kick/bass drum
     - 2 legs
- 2 toms
     - 2 connector arms 
- 1 floor tom
     - 3 legs 
- 1 hi-hat stand/pedal
     - detachable hi-hat clips
- 1 snare drum
- snare stand
- drum sticks
- kick pedal
- 2 hi-hat cymbals (14")
- 1 crash cymbal (16")
- 1 crash/ride cymbal (18") 
- 1 ride cymbal (22")
- 3 cymbal stands
     - including all screws, pads, and washers
- 1 cymbal stand arm extension
     - including all screws, pads, and washers
- drum seat (also known as a throne)

Again, not all of these are required, but this would be considered as a standard or basic setup.  

Step 2: Choose a Location

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Find a location that has plenty of room for assembly and has enough space for the completed set.  As a rough estimate, a circle of a 20 foot diameter should suffice.  Determine which direction the set will be facing, gather the materials, and continue on to the next step.