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Best Drum Sets Under $2000 – Why These?

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When looking for the best drum sets for under 2000 dollars, it can be challenging to find the best deals. That is, to find a great kit that steals the show; and which one is the best under the price of two thousand large ones.

Finding a drum kit under two thousand dollars is pretty straightforward, depending on your playing and goals. However, you will need to choose between electric and analog kits to start with. So, to make your life easier, I’ve included both electric and analog kits for under $2000.

Best Drum Sets Under $2000 – Acoustic Sets

#Make and ModelFast FeaturesMy RatingCheck It Out
1Gretsch RENOWN Series7-ply maple3-pieceDouble Flanged “302” Hoops4.4/5Check Price
2Pearl Export Series5-pieceHardware incl.Pure white4.3/5Check Price
3DW Design Series5-piece shell packRed4.3/5Check Price
4Pearl Masters Maple Complete Series3-piece6-ply mapleRedburst lacquer finish4.2/5Check Price
5Yamaha Stage Series5-pieceIncludes hardwareBirch cranberry red4/5Check Price

Best Drum Sets Under $2000 – Electric Sets

1Roland TD-17 Series 7-piece (including hi-hat and hi-hat pedal)Sound module and stand included4.6/5Check Price
2Alesis Drums DM10 MKII Pro 10-piece4 x cymbal, 6 x drum padStrike Amp includedSound module and stand included4.4/5Check Price
3Roland TD-07 Series9-piece (including hi-hat and hi-hat pedal)Sound module and stand included4.3/5Check Price
4Yamaha DTX6 Series9-piece (including hi-hat and hi-hat pedal)Sound module and  stand included4.1/5Check Price
5Alesis Drums Surge Mesh 9-piece (including hi-hat and hi-hat pedal)Sound module and stand included3.9/5Check Price

Best Drum Sets Under 2000 – Analog

gold and black drum set

What is an analog drum? Well, that’s just an ordinary drum. Just in case there was any doubt, that is. I have to focus on four brands for my favorite top 5 drum sets for under two thousand dollars. Why four? Because these are the brands I like the most. I’ve tried other brands, but these are the ones that I recommend from my own experiences:

  1. Gretsch Drums Renown
  2. Pearl Export
  3. DW Design
  4. Pearl Masters
  5. Yamaha Stage

Naturally, I’m not going to leave you hanging – I’ll dive into each with a bit more detail and what I found when playing each set.

Gretsch Drums Renown

Gretsch makes some extremely high-quality drums. The 7-ply shells provide a deep and rich sound, and the double-flanged “302” hoops are a nice touch in terms of quality.

The RN2 set is a 3-piece shell set. It is a partial kit, requiring the rest of the components of your choice. The three drums that make up this set are well worth the money.

I play this set now as my main set of drums. I just use one rack tom and one floor tom. It’s the best sounding kit I’ve ever played.

Pearl Export

The Pearl EXX set is slick. There’s something to be said for white drums. They look great on stage with lights shining off them, don’t they? Okay, enough with the look. That’s not why Pearl made the list (but sexy drums are a nice touch).

Pearl is synonymous with quality drums. Since April 2nd, 1946, Pearl has been in the music industry. They started by making music stands in Sumida, Tokyo.

What I like about this drum set is the reasonable price for a great set that includes Pearl’s famous hardware. I mean, getting the hardware and the shells together with this quality is not to take lightly. That’s why Pearl makes the second slot on the analog drum list of choice.

DW Design

As I mentioned, I’ve been a fan of DW and their double base setup for some time back in the day. Seeing this set for sale is excellent because one of the first kits I played on was a DW double base setup. 

This set by DW is a classic 5-piece in DW’s classic red color. The drums are pretty decent, although not as rich-toned as the Gretsch, which is why you find the DW lower on my ranking list.

I would also like to mention that I like the drum sizes on this set. The 18″ x 22″ bass drum is great for live shows and studio work – not too big, not too small. The set includes a 5.5″ x 14″ snare, 8″ x 10″ tom, 9″ x 12″ tom, 14″ x 16″ floor tom and the 18″ x 22″ bass I mentioned.

Pearl Masters

Again, I’ve chosen another Pearl. They are a great brand, and I often use them as my go-to for drums. 

The MCT set is an excellent option for anyone looking for a drum set with a great sound at an affordable price. The set comes with a 22″ x 16″ bass drum, a 16″ x 16″ floor tom, and a 12″ x 8″ tom.

The shells are made from 6-ply maple, and the drums have a gorgeous Redburst lacquer finish that is incredible to see. This gives them a warm sound that is perfect for any music. 

The MCT set is perfect for anyone starting or who wants an affordable drum set that still sounds great. I don’t want to downplay this set, though, for those of you who have been playing for a while. I merely say that it’s a good set for someone starting because the price versus quality is in favor of the drummer, for sure. But even the most experienced drummers will appreciate the tone these shells put out.

Yamaha Stage

What can I say? I’m a sucker for live performance. These drums by Yamaha are a great set to bring on tour. I played many shows a few years back and had a set of Yamaha stage with me for the tour. These drums took a beating. I mean a hard rock tour-fueled kind of beating. And to be honest, despite the battle damage, they still sound fantastic.

The only thing I’d recommend with this set is to ensure your tuners are installed correctly. Not to say they will come to you wrong from Yamaha – on the contrary. I had some issues with one of my shells when I was changing the skin and wound up screwing up the shell edge. 

Now, in hindsight, it was likely my fault, but to this day, I’ve had a bit of wariness regarding Yamaha tuners. However, I’ve not come across anyone else who had the same issue, so maybe it was the drinks and not the tuner that day. Either way, I have a lot of fond memories of playing on the Yamaha Stage.

Best Drum Sets Under 2000 – Electric

electronic drum set

Now, not every drummer is into electric sets. But, I’ve found them invaluable for practice and pretty cool when you start playing with the sound module settings and samples.

My favorite electric drum sets under $2000 are all name brands that you’ve likely heard of. Here are my top 5 favorite electric kits.

  1. Roland TD-17 Series
  2. Alesis Drums DM10 MKII Pro
  3. Roland TD-07KV 
  4. Yamaha DTX6 Series
  5. Alesis Drums Surge Mesh 

Roland TD-17 Series

I’ve been a big fan of Roland for a long time. From their synths to their electronic drums, Roland knows digital sound. The TD-17KV shows just how far they’ve come too. 

My experience with the TD-17KV was somewhat limited until recently. However, I’ve had some decent hours to play on the set, and I have to say that I enjoyed the experience. I wound up recording some very cool beats I came up with on the same set.

The soundbank included in the module is pretty good. It’s the flagship TD-50 sound engine at the helm, and with the right pair of headphones, it’s hard to tell the difference. I mean, even for me, a seasoned drummer, I still find myself pleasantly surprised by the sound quality. 

My advice: invest in a GOOD pair of headphones and a decent floor mat. 

These two items and you won’t bother those around you so much, and you’ll hear what I’m talking about with a good set of headphones. 

Alesis Drums DM10 MKII Pro

When I first saw the Alesis DM10 MKII Pro, I thought it was just a gimmick, including the 2000-watt amp/speaker combo. Once I got to test the setup, though – I had wished I’d picked this electric all-in-one kit up for my practice space.

Alesis has never been my top brand for electronic drums – that title is reserved for Roland. But I can say with certainty that the MKII Pro bundle gave Roland a run for their money. Some might disagree with me and say that this set is even better than the Roland TD line (tell me in the comments if that is how you feel – and don’t forget to tell me WHY – I must know!).

Alesis has a pretty cool history, especially if you’re into film. Did you know that Alesis started in Hollywood in 1984? It’s true! MXR co-founder Keith Elliott Barr is who we have to thank for bringing Alesis electronic drums into our lives.

I can tell you that from my experience, I’m happy that Alesis came into my life. I like playing on the MKII Pro set and recommend it to anyone wanting to get into electronic drums and get the whole setup in one go. 

Roland TD-07 Series

I think of the TD-07KV as the little brother of the 17KV. It’s the junior package, in my opinion. Although I wouldn’t buy it personally (I like bigger and grander setups), this set is affordable for the fantastic quality Roland delivers for those of you just getting into electronic drums.

Like other Roland units, the sound module comes with 25 preset kits. Also, it has something like thirty or more effects built-in. There’s quite a bit of versatility to this electronic drum set. 

Combining Bluetooth with songs and lessons, the 07KV is again perfect for beginners. Newer drummers will love the forty free drum lessons included (hence, a good kit for beginners). 

For those with a bit more experience, one of the great things about this set is the compact size. Due to being compact, the drums fit well into smaller practice spaces and even could be construed as apartment-sized. 

The only drawback I found when playing the 07KV was that the sound module mounts loosened over time. I found my sound module would keep sagging down. Mind you, I like to keep the module on a bit of an angle due to the lighting I have in the area, but the rise versus weight should not cause it to loosen over a few moments. 

I wound up fixing the issue with a little bit of liquid thread locker I bought at the hardware store. I haven’t heard of anyone else facing this issue, and it was only minor, but I thought I should mention it. Other than that, it’s a great little setup for practice or an apartment.

Yamaha DTX6 Series 

Every musician has heard of Yamaha. If you haven’t, you should remove the rock you live under. All joking aside, Yamaha makes some pretty serious music gear – from synths and keyboards to drums and even electronic drums like the DTX.

The electronic snare caught my attention when I played the DTX for the first time. If my eyes were closed, I might have guessed that it was a snare I was hitting (except for the apparent difference in sound and sound vibration). The TCS head is incredible – I love the feel!

The other thing I like about the DTX is Yamaha’s attention to detail. They got it right with the choke and mute ability of the PCY135 cymbal pad. Very cool when combined with the 40 preset kits, 200 user kits, and over 400 voices. This machine is a beast amongst electronic drum sound modules.

I almost chose this setup as my go-to. But alas, I like Roland. However, I might have to go play on this set again and reconsider it for a higher position. 

Why didn’t I give it a higher spot? 

Here’s why:

I tend to play pretty hard. I’m a fan of harder music, and my drumming shows this fact. When I play the DTX, I find that there’s almost a little too much sensitivity in the dynamics of the cymbals. 

I had to tape them to dampen some of the interference.

My verdict: This set is incredible for those who play on the softer side of metal and hard rock. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with hitting them a bit, but if you’re a smasher, then you’re best with a less sensitive dynamic than the DTX. 

Suppose you’re into jazz or other lighter drumming where you want to hear the subtleness of a more delicate sound. In that case, this is probably your number one.

Alesis Drums Surge Mesh 

I chose to include the Alesis Surge series because everyone needs a break for their wallets. At least, if you’re looking for an electronic practice kit and you don’t want to break the bank – then the Surge is an excellent selection for you.

Again, I might not have chosen this set for myself (except that I did) after playing some of the higher-quality setups. Still, I have to say that the Surge is pretty decent for the lower price.

Looking for a decent quality electronic drum kit at a reasonable price and expecting excellent quality is not typical. However, if you expect acceptable quality at an affordable price, this is a good starter or practice set. I don’t recommend it for live performance, though, as I found it a bit touchy to trust for live shows.

Best Drum Set Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Top 5 Drum Sets?

The top five drum sets are those I’ve mentioned above. However, it depends on your point of view. If you’re a jazz drummer, you will have a very different perspective of the top drum sets. Although, I will say that both Pearl and Gretsch are at the top of my list at the moment. I have historically liked DW for their double bass, but lately, I like the quality of the Gretsch drums. 

Which Drum Set Brand Is Best?

There are a lot of really great drum brands – Pearl, Gretsch, Yamaha, DW, and if you’re talking electric, then Roland, Alesis, Yamaha (again). Each brand has strengths and weaknesses, but I’d probably go with Gretsch or Pearl if I were to say a top one. Both have incredible quality, and I’ve enjoyed playing on either.

How Much Is A Good Drum Set Cost?

A good drum set will typically cost between $500 and $2000. However, suppose we are defining a set as an entire drum kit, including a throne, hardware, cymbals, and more. In that case, we can easily estimate that a good drum set could cost between $3000 and $6000. 

The definition of ‘good’ will determine the cost. If you feel a cheap set is fine, you’ll have a different perspective. I like decent, good-quality drums, so I like those typically priced a bit higher than what a beginner might anticipate.