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I was wondering if you could tell me a couple of good brands of reasonable priced electric drum sets. Answered

I'm just starting out playing so i don't need a pro series or anything. and I only think that i need electric, because my parents are all for my being able to play quietly if not silent. (kind ironic don't you think?) but if there is another way to make acoustic set be quiet then tell me please.thanks.


 I happened to be looking for a double bass pedal on Ebay and I saw an electronic set for a very reasonable price and it has 3 packages:
1just the set with nothing else
2 the set and an amplifier and a stool and headphones
3 I can remember the difference between 2 and 3 but I think the most expensive was around $ 700 look for OSP DD-502 MK-II on Ebay I think the cheapest goes for about $450, and it sounds pretty good, they have video demonstrations so you can judge for yourself, that also goes for caitlinsdad who doesn't believe that there can be good affordable electronic sets.

One thing that I have noticed on new drummers is that they tend to hit the drums a lot harder than needed. That said, a cheap electronic set is not going to be up for the task, maybe with the exception of the Guitar Hero/Rockband sets.. if you are one of those drummers, you should get an acoustic set, you can always get silencers as caitlinsdad mentioned, and if you look at mesh heads, you can always convert your set to an electronic set if noise is a concern.  Of course getting an acoustic set and converting it later to electronic costs $$ but this is instructables and we are here to save you as much as possible if you are willing to do the work. By the way you don't have to cut the toms in half to convert an acoustic set, you don't even need to make your own mesh heads, they sell them already made.  same goes for the triggers/piezos
and of course you can get a used module in Ebay or Craigslist.

I don't think there are really "good" affordable electronic drum sets. The controllers and midi setup can be expensive. Those all-in-one units with everything cramped into something the size of a computer monitor don't really have the feel or give you the large layout of a real drum set.

There are many things to do to muffle a room like carpet/heavy curtains or put your drumset in the garage/basement. Have a sound-deading booth or wall divider for your drums. They sell practice pads, kinda like mouse pads that cover your drumheads and cymbals. They kill the sound but let you drum away. And you can always take them off when the folks are out.

If you have the room, go for the acoustic. By the way, for Christmas I got my daughter a pulse pro set on a great deal at musiciansfriend.com which sounds pretty good with "tone rings" on. Check out youtube videos on drumming like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uEKsYHrYlk to get inspired. Good luck.