I would like to take a moment to capture the phases I went through to reach the four-piece kit I’m playing today. I began with the “minimum viable drumkit” and then slowly added components. As someone who has to bring the kit to a public park in order to practice, keeping the weight and part count low is a priority.
The evolution of drums (it’s OK to laugh):
Proceeding clockwise from top-left:
- The original “minimum viable drumkit” or MVD. This kit can play brass on the beat with kick and snare. What else do you need, really? It also has the advantage of being a “one-trip drumkit” – which is to say you can carry it wherever in one trip. To build this kit I had to drill a tom mount into the snare drum – that’s what’s fun about drums, right?
- Adding hi-hat to MVD. With hi-hat entering the mix, the kit has a lot of new sounds… but you’ll notice there is still no snare stand. I dare you – try playing a sixteenth note beat on the hats with your snare on a tom mount! Another challenge: try carrying the MVD with a hi-hat stand strapped to your back! Yeah.. this configuration didn’t last long.
- The first 4-piece. This kit uses a cymbal stand and a tom holder built into the bass drum to provide maximum drums for minimum hardware. Thank you Drum Factory Direct for selling me the components I needed to build this frankenstein. I’d like to highlight the addition of a snare stand, which is absolutely worth its weight.
- The best 4-piece without spending money. This kit trades up for a pro snare and full crash I had sitting in the closet. The result is a “two-trip drumkit” that sets up wherever.