QUOTE(miss sooky @ Apr 13 2009, 09:18 AM)
I am reviving this thread in the hope that some of the furtive and 'out' drum kit players might offer some opinions on the best kit for my son who has been playing for 2 years and is 12 years old. We have already been told that a non-electronic version is best BUT we will get the pads to reduce noise! However, I would welcome thoughts on type of kit if anyone has any experience to share.
Son no.2 took up drum kit in his early teens. We started him off with a standard kit from the music shop and he gradually added to it and replaced parts of it as time passed and funds allowed. As he improved he found he needed extras like another high hat, a double pedal, etc and the thing grew to massive proportions and ended up in the loft. I posted a thread on here a couple of years ago called 'housing the kit', or somesuch because of this.
In order to try to minimse the noise we tried various things like stuffing an old duvet in the largest drum and buying a set of practice pads. Trouble is, son would never use them because he felt it distorted the sound.
Eventually we were visited by the Environmental Health dept because a neighbour had made a complaint. I have to say nobody had been round to see us before this; had they done so we would have tried to come to some kind of accommodation, even though he never did more than 30 mins at a time, and that was always mid-afternoon when he came home from school. Eventually he took the kit away to college and it has never returned, sadly, neither has son (for more than a week, I hasten to add!) because home is where the kit is.
Good luck to your son - maybe a sound/damp proofed shed would be a good addition.