New, or second-hand drums. What's right for me?

Buying a drum kit is daunting, but is definitely the most exciting shopping experience for a drummer!

A quick tip is to always look at reviews - both of the seller and product itself. Usually the situation entails a retailer selling first hand and an individual (not involved in a business) flipping something second-hand. Either way, it is important to protect yourself and even consult a drummer (or even musician) on your options before making a purchase.

Buying New

If an untouched product with a warranty is your gig, go new - especially if you have the money. Perth Drum Lessons sees a multitude of students go new with hardly any consequences, none in fact. Most drum kits come with a two year or more warranty that covers basically everything. As well as this, new kits obviously have new parts and technology, leaving them less susceptible to breakages. The only put-off? MONEY. New drum kits can be very expensive, even for a beginner set. Definitely weigh up all your options, including looking second hand when buying brand new.

Buying Second-hand

Looking through listings of pre-loved kits can be a goldmine. Often drummers find cheap vintage kits, sometimes sold by people that have no idea how to play or the gear was inherited. Other than this, the search for a pre-owned drum kit can produce listings of intermediate and even professional drum kits at the price of a brand new beginner’s kit from a retailer. The downsides of these options however are the lack of warranty, scratches/dents in the equipment, potential rip-offs or fakes, and getting scammed in general.


The funny thing is, you’ll find experienced drummers going for pre-owned equipment and newbies buying from retailers. This is due to the sense of security in buying from a retailer, especially with the lack of drumming knowledge. On the other hand, experienced drummers often know the purchasing environment when going second-hand. This includes a knowledge of the brand, model, website and even the seller themselves!

Simply put, if you’re new to the scene it may be better to buy brand new from a retailer. However, if you’re new and can only afford pre-owned equipment, there are almost too many options for you including cheap rentals and highly moderated sites with verified sellers flipping second-hand drum kits.

Perth Drum Lessons advises students on where to buy equipment, based off their experience to find a tailored solution. If you have any questions regarding buying equipment, feel free to call Perth Drum Lessons on 0424 681 483, or email

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