Once you get to the middle range there should be no question of the hardware letting you down. The moving parts, in particular the foot pedals, should now be well engineered and strong enough for serious gigging. They will serve you until you can afford to upgrade to the truly pro quality. Stands are mostly double braced but there are some lighter, single braced stands still available which you may actually prefer.
In fact, your choice of kit may well rest on your personal taste in hardware and on any other incentives the manufacturers or dealers can cook up. DW Pacific has the clever idea of including a double kick pedal as standard with its CX and LX kits. The 402 pedal is a budget version of its class-leading pedals and obviously reflects the fashion for monster double kick chops amongst the young drummers of America today. Incidentally, Pacific also includes a bass drum muffler and a Tommy Igoe video with useful tuning tips.
I’ve no doubt that we will see more and more incentives like these over the next year or two. The competition is that hot. But don’t forget that your local store also wants your custom and it’s a good idea, if you have particular preferences, to discuss things with them. They will undoubtedly do their best to accommodate you and offer you a tempting package. Until recently, what marked the final jump from mid to top line drums was the inclusion of special resonance isolation mounting hardware. But with all the major companies producing their own resonance mounts for several years now, the development costs have been absorbed and we’re starting to see resonance mounts on virtually all mid-price drums.
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