The Groove Warehouse drum shop features a complete range of acoustic and electronic drums and percussion for musicians of all ages. We specialize in complete packages, drum mutes, snare drums hardware drum accessories and cymbals. Junior drum kits are our speciality. We stock the worlds leading brand names including Pearl, Mapex, Alesis, Gretsch, Ludwig, PDP, Dixon, Remo, Evans, Vic Firth, Innovative Percussion, Zildjian, Paiste, Meinl, LP, and much much more. The Groove Warehouse is staffed by professional musicians all being drum and percussion specialists, we can provide expert advise on all things drums and percussion both in store and online.
Welcome to the Groove Warehouse Buyers Guide. Our guide will assist you with providing specialist advice on the complete range of Drums and Percussion. Rhythm, the language of music is best expressed through drums and percussion. Rock ‘n’ roll, pop, jazz, R&B, country, gospel, world music, hip hop, classical music all have one thing in common: Rhythm! Let’s get started on choosing your drum kit and making music.
People come in different shapes and sizes. Choosing the best fit drum kit for is like choosing clothing. We need to consider your height, weight, style preferences and more. You essentially, sit on a drum throne and surround yourself with drums, cymbals and accessories. It is very much like driving a car, both feet, hands, eyes and ears are all involved. Let the fun begin, consider electronic or acoustic drums first. I think of electronic drums in the same way we think of flight simulators for aircraft. Electronic Drumkits have the same components as Acoustic Drum Kits with the added advantage of playing through headphones for softer practice.
Acoustic drums are the instrument you will most likely play on stage in live performance. Most professionals play and practice on both. For your setup choose from a four-piece, a five-piece, six-piece, or larger set, which add additional toms for a wider tonal range. These larger kits are generally suited for heavy rock, fusion, contemporary, and metal styles. Most drum sets come in two different configurations, Standard or Fusion, distinguished by configuration. Fusion drum sets typically feature 10" and 12" mounted toms, a 14" floor tom, can be suspended or standing, and usually a 20” or 22" bass drum. Standard-sized kits may feature 12" and 13" mounted toms, a 16" floor tom with a 22" bass drum. Jazz drum kits, four pieces, often feature an 18” bass drum with a 12” tom mounted on the bass drum and a 14” floor tom. Most all drum kits feature the snare drum, usually 14” as an essential component in the package. The benefit of the smaller drums is their punchy tone and articulate sound. Standard size drums have larger toms produce more volume and bigger tone. Choosing the best set is a subjective process with benefits to each configuration.
Electronic drums allow you to dial in your sound of choice with many famous vintage drums digitally sampled and included in your menu. Hardware or “traps”, the old term for the drummer’s “trappings” (more on that later) may come with a complete drumkit package. Drum kit packages will usually contain all the hardware and a usually a drum throne.
Drums without hardware and cymbals are called Shell Packs. Shell packs consists of the drums only with no additional hardware except the rims and tom mounts. Shell packs are great If you already have hardware but want to expand it, an add-on pack can be a good way to go since their cost is often less than buying the add-on drums singly. Shell packs are also often at the higher end of the market. People order shell packs when they want a custom order with a special finish or size.
If you are a beginning drummer shopping for a new kit, a beginner drumkit package can make a lot of sense. Drumkit packages usually include all the drums, cymbals, stands, and other hardware needed to start playing right out of the box. Children often look to, Junior Drum Kits. These specially scaled drum kits are sized for kids and include the entire outfit to launch a budding drummer’s career. Unlike the supermarket variety, junior drum kit packages are built solidly and offer the sound and feel of full-sized drums. The groove warehouse specializes in both electronic and acoustic junior drumkits.
While there are drum sets that work for a variety of styles, in general it's a good idea to choose a drum set that fits the style of music you play. If you love Chad Smith “Red Hot Chili Peppers” sound you may want a PDP kit or if you dig Max Roach and Jazz you may want a Gretsch Drum Kit. Classic rockers love Ringo Starr’s Ludwig sound. Most of the heavy hitters gravitate towards Pearl Drums and hardware like Thomas Lang. Whatever your taste in music we have the best selection for you! A rule of thumb is that kits with fewer and smaller drums are a good fit for jazz, traditional blues, and other primarily acoustic forms of music, while drum sets with larger drums are better for rock, metal, and other more amplified styles. Wood or Metal drums? Many kinds of woods are used for drum building, and all have unique sound qualities. The Groove Warehouse carry drums made from Maple, Birch, Oak, Poplar, Mahogany, as well as specialty drums made from Australian hard woods such as Redgum by Dixon drums. Maple is the most popular wood used for drum making, with a warm, balanced tone. Birch is very dense and tough, with a harder and brighter sound than maple or mahogany. Its loud, bright tone makes birch excellent for recording, as it easily cuts through the mix with its clarity. Birch features enhanced highs and lows with a reduced midrange. Mahogany has an enhanced low end and midrange with reduced highs. The sound is slightly warmer than maple and is said to have a "vintage" character. Poplar is a low-cost alternative to maple or birch with a similar, bright sound. Oak is similar sound to maple, with a more porous composition and a powerful, bright sound. Drum shells often consist of several plies, or layers of wood. In general, drums with more plies have a brighter sound and higher fundamental note. Drums made with fewer plies usually are fatter and warmer with a lower fundamental note. The angle at which a drum shell's bearing edge (where the skin meets the wooden edge) is cut makes a difference in the sound quality. A sharper bearing edge angle gives a brighter sound with more cut, while a more rounded bearing edge (baseball cut) gives a softer, mellower sound.
Drums finishes like vinyl wraps with a great variety of patterns and looks to choose from. Covered finishes provide great durability and resist scratches and nicks better than a natural finish. Transparent lacquer finishes enhance the woodgrain for a beautiful natural look. There are also a wide variety of custom lacquer finishes that include glitter, texture matt and gloss options. Drum colours and textures are as varied as the music that is played on them.
Traps, the term derived from contraptions best describes drum hardware. Just over one hundred years ago drummers began the process of trying to play more than one instrument at the same time. Economics forced band leaders to hire one drummer instead of three: Bass Drummer, Snare Drummer, Cymbal player. It was William F Ludwig that is credited for creating the first widely used metal bass drum pedal 1919 under the name Ludwig and Ludwig. This allowed the drummer to sit on a drum throne and play the bass drum with the foot. At the same time lightweight snare drum stands, as well as a wide variety of attachments for tom toms, cymbals, triangles, wood blocks etc. freely with their hands.
The Hi Hat pedal was born as the Charleston pedal, positioned the two cymbals on wooden footplates allowing the seated drummer to play bass drum, snare drum and cymbals independently or at the same time. This was soon followed by the Low Boy pedal and by the mid 1920’s the Hi-Hat pedal. The Groove Warehouse has a 1921 Leedy drum kit on display complete with hardware!Todays' drum hardware has come a long way.
You will require the following hardware components to get started: bass drum pedal, hi hat stand, snare drum stand, cymbal stands (usually one for the ride cymbal and one for the crash cymbal) and drum throne.
Hardware packs can save you money as all the items are bundled together in one box. Drumkit packages often include all the hardware you need to get started, although some do not include the drum throne. It is best to check each individual package as drum manufactures provide various options at different price points to adapt to your budget. Individual stands allow you the freedom to mix and match brands and specifications.
Single braced hardware, preferred by jazz drummers, usually provides ample support for your drums; however, if you are a heavy hitter, you may choose double braced hardware, preferred by rock and progressive drummers. Manufactures like Drum Workshop (DW) are now also making super light weight hardware as, after all, you do need to carry your components into your gig!
Bass Drum Pedals have come a long way in just over one hundred years. Look for name brands such as Ludwig, Pearl, DW, PDP, Gibraltar, Dixon, DXP, Trick, Mapex and more. Each company make bass drum pedals that range from super lite weight to very sturdy. Bass drum pedals may feature single or double chain drive, direct drive, strap drive. Most have a plate under the pedal to stabilize any extra movement.
Single bass drum pedals have always provided ample opportunity for drummers to perform most all popular music. The double bass drum, made popular by Louis Bellson (Jazz), Ginger Baker (Rock) set the stage for the left foot switching over, at times, from the hi-hat to a second bass drum creating a thunderous sound. Australian drummer Don Sleishman is credited with manufacturing the first double bass drum pedal in 1972. Double bass drum pedals allow the drummer to play everything they would play on two bass drums on a single bass drum. The Trick double bass drum pedal, and the DW 9000 Double bass drum pedal and the are considered some of the finest double pedals preferred by leading progressive rock drummers. The DXP double bass drum pedals and PDP direct drive single and double bass drum pedals provide great value for drummers starting to explore double kick.
Setting up your Drum Kit