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  • Pearl Roadshow 5-Piece Drum Set

  • Tama Imperialstar 5-Piece Drum Kit

  • Ludwig Element Evolution 5-Piece Drum Set

  • Ludwig Accent Drive 6-Piece Drum Set

  • Ashthorpe Adult 5-Piece Drum Set with Remo Heads & Brass Cymbals

Pearl Roadshow 5-Piece Drum Set

This beautiful Roadshow set from Pearl comes with everything you need to start jamming: drums, sticks, toms, cymbals, stands, a bass-drum pedal, and a “throne” to sit on. It’s available in several configurations—new fusion, rock, jazz—as well as colors like red wine, jet black, metallic charcoal, bronze, and aqua blue.

This is a popular set with loads of user reviews on Amazon, and it’s clear that folks of all ages and ability levels are thrilled with the value here. You may need to upgrade the cymbals and drum heads as you grow over time, but that’s likely true of any all-in-one drum kit.

Pros

  • Comes in a gorgeous array of colors

  • Available in different configurations

Cons

  • None that we could find

Tama Imperialstar 5-Piece Drum Kit

This Tama drum set looks incredible, and reviews have praised it for both its sound quality and reliability. Whether you’re a seasoned musician looking for an extra kit for your studio or a total beginner eager to learn, Tama is a beloved music brand that’s sure to satisfy your needs.

This is a mid-range set in terms of quality, so it’s not exactly cheap. But Tama promises “a full, warm tone” from the drums in particular. Most user reviews have emphasized how pleased they were with the Imperialstar kit overall.

Pros

  • Gorgeous, heavy-metal look

  • Sturdily made drums

Cons

  • None that we could find

Ludwig Element Evolution 5-Piece Drum Set

Here’s another beautiful mid-range set from one of the most trusted drum manufacturers. The all-in-one Element Evolution kit from Ludwig comes with all the drums, hardware, and cymbals you need to get rocking—though you’ll probably want to consider some good drumsticks just to be safe. Fortunately, it comes with a nice throne and Zildjian cymbals.

Pros

  • Stageworthy “gold sparkle” look

  • Includes Zildjian cymbals

Cons

  • None that we could find

Ludwig Accent Drive 6-Piece Drum Set

The Ludwig Accent series delivers everything you need, all in one affordable package. You’ll probably want to invest in a drum tuner, and maybe even upgrade the cymbals at some point, but this kit will look fantastic at home or in a practice space. Reviewers call it “quality on a budget,” noting that it’s sturdily made despite the price point.

Pros

  • Great quality for the price

  • Looks fantastic

Cons

  • May require tuning or upgrades

Ashthorpe Adult 5-Piece Drum Set with Remo Heads & Brass Cymbals

Ashthorpe isn’t as famous a brand as Pearl or Tama or Yamaha, but Amazon customers love this all-in-one, “stageworthy” set. It includes quality Remo heads, sticks, cymbals—and you can find it in black, blue, red, or silver. At this price, you’re mostly looking to learn, have fun, and enjoy the music. But reviewers have been thrilled with the value here.

Pros

  • Includes Remo drum heads

  • Available in several colors

Cons

  • May require tuning or upgrades

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