Buying a drum set, especially if it’s your first time, can be intimidating. However, it can help to know that a used set can be just as high-quality as a new one, if kept in good condition. Drum sets are meant to take a lot of beating (literally), and will save you a lot of money in the long run. A good new drum set should cost between 200 and 500 for a beginner. Used set costs will vary, depending on where you find them. Someone could be selling their kit for cheap on Craigslist, or even offering it for free if you go and pick it up.When checking the upkeep of older kits, the first thing you should check is that all drumheads are accounted for and in good condition. Also check to see that the drums’ tuning lugs are all there, and that the finish is still in good condition. Besides lowering the aesthetic appeal of the set, these discrepancies can affect the sound of the drum kit as wellobviously the most important part. Take a knowledgeable friend with you to check the sound, but don’t ever go against your own instincts.When purchasing a new drum kit, bear in mind that you may need to buy cymbals separately. However, many kits do offer cymbals as part of the package. It’s probably easiest to get everything in one fell swoop, which is another vote for finding a good used set, but there are affordable cymbals out there, such as the Zildjian ZXT Trashformer Cymbal starting at 49.99 at Guitar Center. You could purchase four of these for 200 and be well equipped for the future.The double bass pedal is recommended for those interested in rock drumming. The Drum Workshop 3000 Double Bass Pedal starts at 199.99 new, but others run more expensive.