Yamaha Gigmaker 5-Piece Standard Drum Set
Yamaha’s Gigmaker is the most affordable Yamaha drum set and one of the best sounding beginner kits. Yamaha is a company that makes a lot of different products, but they really excel in making high quality drums. In my experience, even the least expensive Yamaha hardware is extremely well made and is very durable. The different drums included with this kit are nicely matched and balanced with each other while the shells are a mix of basswood and poplar but sound a bit better than other kits made of the same material.
The kit is usually sold as a set complete with double braced hardware and cymbals. These cymbal stands are higher in quality than the usually stands included with entry-level kits. The included mounting hardware for the toms is of the same quality that they use on their higher-level kits while the ball and socket type joints allow for easy tom placement. One thing to note, the beginning drummer should be careful to properly loosen these before adjusting the toms. While Yamaha tom mounts offer more options in tom placement, they also can be easily stripped when not cared for properly.
The bass drum has wood hoops and a wide tuning range while the included bass drum pedal, hi-hat pedal, and snare drum stand are also superior to most of the hardware included with entry-level kits. One added bonus is that the included cymbals actually sound decent, another rarity in entry-level kits! There are two different available configurations and some pretty cool looking finishes as well.