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 Drum kits 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 drum kit package can make a lot of sense. Drum kit 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 drum kits.
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.
Drum 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.