So you want to be a drummer in a band and you can’t convince your cousin Fred to borrow you his set of drums to practice on? Well, don’t be discouraged, and don’t fork out a huge amount of cash for a new drum kit, rather buy a second hand drum kit via your online classifieds (like Junk Mail).
Recently we gave out some Guitar Buying Tips on the Junk Mail (thanks to the lead vocalist and guitarist of Southern Gypsey Queen, Gareth Wilson). For those of you who did not know, his brother, Paul Wilson, is also in the band. He plays the drums like they should be played: loud and with passion.
We recently asked Paul Wilson some questions about second hand drum kits. This is what he had to say:
If a person is looking to buy a second hand drum kit, what should they look at to make sure that its in tip top condition?
Check that no cracks in the wood and the rims and lugs aren’t bent on the drum kit. Often drummers won’t tell you that when they are selling a second hand kit – it affects tuning in a big way.
Do you have any advice for all the aspiring Drummers out there?
Find the styles of music you like and listen to the drummers a lot. It helps to be versatile. Most of all lots and lots of practice – especially rudiments. But, most of all find your own original style of drumming – that’s important.
If you are starting to drum in a band what kind of drum kit should you be looking at?
Look for something in the middle range so you don’t have to buy to soon again. I started with Pearl Export and used it for years.
What can drum kit owners do to look after their kits?
Buy protective bags for your kit – especially if you are doing shows. Clean the kit regularly so the lugs don’t rust.
How many sets of drum sticks should will a drummer go through in a lifetime?
Thousands – but I lost count growing up and now I get them free so don’t care! Ha ha – the better you get the less you break.
The Junk Mail Team would like to thank Paul Wilson for taking the time to answer our questions about Drum Kits. You can follow Paul via @paulsgq1 on Twitter. You are also welcome to check out the Southern Gypsey Queen website at http://www.sgq.co.za/ to see the band in action at one of their local gigs in your city.
Check out this video of Paul Wilson drumming (at a Southern Gypsey Queen gig in Molteno)
We hope all of you aspiring drummers out there will find this information useful. Remember, you will find adverts for drum kits in the Musical Instruments category on Junk Mail.