Buying band equipment


#1

We are looking to start a band and want to get some instruments; Side drums, bells, cymbals and a base drum. A local CO said yesterday that his side dums cost £1000, are they really that much? Anybody got any advice on something cheaper.


#2

Musical instrumsnts are not cheap at all. £1k is probably about the right price for a side


#3

It very much depends on what you’re after. If you’re on a budget, gear4music do side drums and bass drums for about £150 a piece, they’re no amazing but definitely useable.

If you really feel the need to splash out then I recommend Premier drums at £530 a piece. Pearl are also good.

Good luck with the new venture.


#4

Cost of instruments aside, storage and transportation are the bigger long term problems to be faced.
I was part of a multi squadron band as a cadet and when the squadron where the band was centred lost the old Transit they used for transporting the instruments, the band dwindled.


#5

Hi TS,

You want to avoid the cheap and nasty drums as they’re far harder to play, and less likely to get a band going.

Can definitely recommend Paul Brown at Marching Drums (UK) - their drums are used by the National Marching Band, at least two regional bands, and at least 10 squadrons/wings that I know of.

Happy to send you some information/price lists/advice via bader if you want to PM me?

OUAT