We take a look at 6 of the best mini drum kits and portable drum kits that prove the best things come in small packages
Whether we simply don’t have the room at home for a full-size drum kit, we need something portable to take to gigs without too much fuss or we simply love the tighter sound of a mini drum kit, these small drum kits are extremely useful.
Fortunately, thanks to high quality production processes, superb quality tonewoods and the fact that drum brands really care about the sound that these kits produce, you can get a professional level sound out of a relatively small drum kit.
Today, we’re going to look at some of the best mini drum kits, that prove you can still get a massive sound from a smaller sized kit and comfortably gig or record with.
1. Tama Club Jam Satin Blonde Drum Shell Pack
The Tama Club Jam Blonde Drum Shell Pack is a beautiful mini drum kit designed for professionals in need of a highly portable drum kit that you can use for smaller gigs, rehearsal spaces or even just around the home.
We think this is one of the best mini drum kits thanks to the superb tonewoods used. In this pack you get an 18x12” bass drum, 10x7” rack tom, 14x7” floor tom and 13x5” snare drum made from a 6ply Mersawa / Poplar blend. This hybrid wood construction ensures you get soft highs, punchy mids and a boosted low-end warmth – this kit has serious personality. To save space, there’s a built-in bass drum mounted cymbal holder and the spurs of the bass drum are slightly curved so they don’t get in the way.
One of the best portable drum kits for those who need a big sound out of a smaller drum set.
2. Ludwig Questlove Breakbeats Shell Pack, Wine Red Sparkle
Time and time again, the Ludwig Questlove Breakbeats Shell Pack is relied upon by professional drummers in need of a portable kit that still provides world class sounds. These are designed by the legendary Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson (The Roots, Late Show with Jimmy Fallon) for those in need of an apartment drum kit and those with limited space. We think this is one of the best mini drum kits thanks to the tonal qualities of the wood used, the expert construction and the fact you get a full selection of velvet storage bags to transport your kit with.
In the box you get a compact 14x16" bass drum, 7x10" tom, and 13x13" floor tom as well as a 5x14" matching wood snare drum all made from 7-ply hardwood shells for a thick, versatile tone. The compact mobile design of this small drum kit makes it easy to carry around and the fact you get velvet bags to transport the kit and mute the drums is a great addition to an already incredible, budget friendly deal.
3. Gretsch Catalina Club Jazz 4 Piece Drum Kit - Walnut Glaze
The Gretsch Catalina Club Jazz 4 Piece Drum Kit features a bop size 18x14" bass drum, 14x14" floor, 12x8" rack alongside a 14x5.5" snare drum all made from a 7 ply Mahogany with 30 degree bearing edges that results in a warm, punchy and vintage tone any Jazz enthusiast will love.
This is an extremely user-friendly drum kit that features a lightweight mini GTS tom mounting system as well as reliable Gretsch T-Wing screws and bolts for added security while you’re hammering away on the drums. A single cymbal mount and 12.7mm L-Arms ensure you’re not taking up too much space and the combination of 1.6 mm triple flanged hoops on the tom and snare drums with matching lacquer bass drum hoops finish off the kit nicely.
A beautifully designed kit geared towards those who love the snap and warmth of a Jazz kit and those who want a smaller Gretsch kit for around the home.
4. Tama Silverstar Custom 4 Piece Shell Set in Light Blue Lacquer
The Tama Silverstar Custom 4 Piece Shell Set pictured here in Light Blue Lacquer features an 18x14” bass drum, 14x14” floor tom and 12x8” rack tom finished off with a matching 14x5.5” snare. A 7-ply bass drum and 6-ply snare and tom set made from Birch provide a powerful, rich and warm sound akin to the higher-end, full sized Tama kits. You get a surprisingly big sound out of such a small kit!
This is easily one of the best mini drum kits for musicians of all levels thanks to the relatively low price when you compare it to other kits in this price range. For not a lot of money you get pro-level appointments such as a Star-Mount System to increase resonance and support as well as Sound Arc Hoops to enhance natural tone and provide an increased sensitivity and tonality. A beautiful looking and sounding portable drum kit.
5. British Drum Co. Imp Portable 3-Piece Drum Set
The British Drum Co. Imp Portable 3-Piece Drum Set is the most expensive mini drum kit in this blog, but it’s totally worth it. British Drum Company make exceptional drums and are quickly becoming an industry standard brand for those who value their sound – the Imp Drum Shell pack is no exception.
We think this is one of the best mini drum kits thanks to the fact it features a 16 x 10” bass drum, 13 x 10” floor tom and 10 x 6” rack tom all of which provide a warmth and deep, resonant tone that is surprising considering the smaller size diameter and depth of the drums. A vertical grain maple core and a 30-degree round over bearing edge ensures a powerful, loud sound whilst the cold press moulding process also ensures a perfect shape – something that contributes heavily to the big sound.
This kit doesn’t come a snare drum, but we highly recommend the British Drum Co. 12 x 5.5” Imp Snare Drum Kensington Knight as it is perfectly matched.
6. TOURTECH TT-12SM Electronic Drum Kit with Mesh Snare
Last but by no means least we have the TOURTECH TT-12SM Electronic Drum Kit with Mesh Snare. This extremely budget friendly electronic drum kit is very portable and easily a contender for best mini drum kit thanks to its small footprint, easy set-up and fold-down design and smaller 7.5” drum pads. Don’t let the small price tag fool you either, this is certainly not a toy but a professional level electronic drum kit packed with 250 high quality percussion voices and 20 preset drum kits spanning a range of styles and genres. For under £250 you get a 7-piece electric drum kit complete with mesh snare pad for a realistic response and feel as well as a kick trigger with hammer to mimic the feel and response of a kick drum.
Everything has been designed to take up as little room as possible including the shape of the cymbal pads and the placement of the module – you’ll save a lot of space with this small drum kit.
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