Purchasing a drum set, even a used set, can be a major financial investment. Before you purchase a used drum set, make sure you thoroughly inspect the set.
The first thing you should inspect is the drum shell. If the drum shell is in poor condition, replacing the shell could cost as much as the entire set costs.
The drum shell consists of the cylindrical wood body of the drum. The shell should form a perfect circle. Make sure there are no gaps between the shell and the rim. If there is a gap, it should be the same all the way around the shell.
You should also make sure that there are no scratches or cracks on the shells. Scratches and cracks are an easy way to spot a set that was not well taken care of.
Inspect The Hardware
After you inspect the shells, you need to inspect the hardware on each drum in the set. There should be a rim around the top and bottom of each shell held in place with tensions rods and lugs. You should be able to turn the tension rods with a drum key.
If you can't turn the tension rods with a drum key, the rods are stropped. It is easy and generally relatively inexpensive to replace the tension rods on a drum set.
Look Over The Cymbals
If the drum set includes cymbals, be sure to give them more than just a passing glance. Make sure there are no cracks on the edge of the cymbal. You cannot fix a cracked cymbal, so be sure to factor in the cost of a new set of cymbals if you like the rest of the equipment.
Don't Forget About The Accessories
Be sure to inspect the accessories as well. Most drum sets will also come with a seat, drum pedal, and cymbal stand. Make sure these parts work smoothly, and are dent-free.
Test Out The Set
You should always see if you can try out the drum set. Not all sets sound the same. By testing out the drum set, you will be able to see if the drum set produces the type of sound that you are looking for.
Do Some Research
Finally, if you find a used set that you like, look online and see what the set went for originally and what other people are reselling it for. That way, you will not be tricked into paying more for a set than it is worth. Talk to an expert like Palace Jewelry & Loan for a second opinion.