This is my first instructable so dont be too harsh lol. As there are alot of considerations to make, i may miss things out.
Step 1: Consideration 1 - The Cost
Beginner Kits:These are considered to cost less than Â£200. The build quality is generally quite basic and they are manufactured simply and on mass. Mostly they come with cheap hardware (hardware is equipment such as stands for cymbals and drums, footpedals and stools) and alot come also with cheap quality cymbals. They are a good option for people new to the drums who do not want to spend alot of money and just want to start playing, the reason being they come with alot of beginner hardware. They are not considered to be long lasting, probably being needed to be replaced after under 2 years.
Intermediate Kits: Intermediate kits are generally considered to cost between Â£200 and Â£500. They have a fairly good build quality and some also come with beginner cymbals. They are good if you want a decent starter kit at an affordable price with an average to good build quality. They are usually a popular choice among people drumming a little while and students who cant afford high end kits. Big brandssuch as pearl, tama, mapex and gretsh make kits in this price range. Some kits in this price range also boast beng made of good woods such as birch.
Semi-professional Kits: These kits are usually priced between Â£500 and Â£1000 although some can be more expensive. The build quality is very good and they are usually supplied with very good hardware to match. Woods like birch and maple are common on kits in this range which give good sounds. They also are generally finished well and are nice looking. They are good for people who have been drumming a few years or people who have money to spend on a very good first kit. As they do not tend to come with cymbals, with many starting drummers intermediate kits are preferred.
Pro kits: I regard these kits as Â£1500+ although they can be regarded as Â£1000+. They can be found cheaper. They have the best build quality and many are hand built using specialist woods and materials in special factories. The sounds and finishes are second to none, they are used by most professional drummers. They come with the best hardware. All the big brands have at least one series of kit in this price range. They are the best choice for professionals and drummers who have been drumming a very long time and have the money to spend. There are many custom drum manufacturers who only make drums in this range such as Pork pie, SJC, slingerland and orange country.