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Mendini by Cecilio Complete Gloss Review


Whilst you might not have heard of Mendini specifically, you will likely have heard of Cecilio who are a major influence in the musical instrument field. What about this 5 piece adult drum set, though?

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The name Cecilio is almost synonymous with good quality instruments. It’s very rare that you will be unsatisfied with one of their products, and this 5 piece is certainly one of their best products. Though they are probably better known for their woodwind instruments, their foray into the percussion world has certainly been a good one. This is for both producer and consumer. It has been very advantageous to the consumer, as they have been providing high quality products at a relatively cheap price. And of course, Cecilio’s products are always popular, so they have sold vast amounts of their drum sets.

This drum set is aimed at the beginner to intermediate. It would be a fantastic gift for anyone looking to pay the drums. So, if you have a teenager that won’t stop nagging for a drum set, then this would be a great option!

About the Product

This drum set is a standard five piece; the bass drum, the snare drum, two high toms and an extra high to that sits to your side. It’s a high quality drum set, so you won’t need to worry too much about purchasing extra pieces in addition to what you are getting. It’s a great choice for anyone looking for a complete drum set, and is suitable for beginner to intermediate drummers.

Before buying a drum set, there are a few things you should consider and compare to other drum sets. The main things that you should consider are;

Bass Drum: You need to have a decent sized bass drum to produce a good sound. The bass drum that comes with this set measures at 22″ x 16″. This is certainly big enough to produce a good sound. You won’t need to get a bigger bass drum than this 22″ x 16″ one.

Cymbals: The cymbals that comes with this set measure at 14″ and 16″. For a hi-hat, this is around the average size. For the crash cymbal, 16″ is actually a really great size for a beginner. It’s slightly bigger than what most beginner drum sets come with, though this will suit most people.

Price: This set comes at a pretty standard price when compared to other five piece drum sets. You might be paying slightly extra than some of the cheaper options, though this is worth it for a high quality drum set.


Colors: This Mendini drum set buy Cecilio is available in a variety of different colors. Whilst we absolutely love the gloss white that is featured, it’s available in a variety of other colors too. We’re not massive fans of the silver, but we certainly like the subtle and classic Wine Red color.

Fairly easy to assemble: Though it’s quite easy to assemble, it might take you a fair few hours to assemble it properly. This isn’t a particularly long time to take to assemble a drum set, though.

Reasonable price: This is a fairly good price for a drum set of this quality. Lets get things straight; it isn’t anything amazing and won’t blow your socks off in terms of quality. Though if you’re looking for something within this lower price bracket, this is one of the best options.



Cymbals: The cymbals that come with this Mendini set aren’t of the greatest quality. They will last you a few months whilst you are learning, but after a certain period of time, you’ll probably want to reinvest in a higher quality pair.


If you’re looking for a good quality drum set that is ideal for both adults and teenagers, then this is one of the best drum sets that you could invest in. Available at a relatively cheap price, there aren’t many other options on the market that provide a drum set of this quality at this low price.

Gammon Percussion Full Size 5 Piece Drum Set Review


Whilst starting originally as a smaller, home based brand, Gammon Percussion have become extremely popular in recent years. How does their full size 5 piece hold out?

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If you’re looking for a reasonably priced drum set from one of the more popular brands in the drumming world right now, then this is it. Gammon Percussion have become one of the more established percussionists in recent years, though they come from humble beginnings. Starting as a small family based business, they have continued to follow this ethic throughout their life span. This is fantastic for the buyer, as they provide great customer service and high quality products.

This 5 piece is one of their most popular options. It is of a decent quality, and at its price it is a really solid investment. Although it may be the best for beginners, it is also suitable for those slightly more advanced. If you are more advanced, then there are many other options from Gammon which may be more suitable for your needs.


About the Product

As stated, this Gammon Percussion drum set is your standard five piece. This means that it comes with five different drums that make up the set. A five piece has;

  • the large bass drum in the centre that you use a pedal to hit.
  • Two high toms situated just above the bass drum. You’ll end up using these quite a bit.
  • The Snare drum, which is the bigger floor drum that sits just to the side of you. It’s important to get a good quality one of these, as you’ll end up using it quite a bit.
  • An additional tom, which sits on the other side to the snare. You won’t use this as much as the snare drum, but it’s still important to get one of a decent quality.

There are a few things that you need to consider when you purchase a drum set. These are the specifications of individual parts of the drum set. The most important parts to consider are;

Bass Drum: The bass drum for this set measures at 22″ x 14″. This is a pretty average size for a bass drum, and will suit most people.

Cymbals: The cymbals for this set are 12″ and 14″. This is about the industry average, though the 14″ crash cymbal might be considered to be a bit small for some people. This size difference won’t be enough to affect your drumming experience, though.

Price: This Gammon Percussion set is priced around the industry average for a good quality drum set. It’s pretty surprising that you can get a drum set of this quality for such a good price.


  • Chain Driven Pedals: The pedals on this Gammon Percussion drum set are built to be long lasting. By making them chain driven, this ensures that they will work well for a long time.
  • Quality: They are finished with a high gloss finish, which makes them appear and feel luxurious. Not only do they appear luxurious, they are made to a high quality as well. They will withstand a lot of drumming abuse. Though they aren’t professional drum sets and you will have to upgrade eventually, they are perfect for beginners and those learning to play the drums.
  • Value for money: At this price, you aren’t likely to find any other drum set that is this higher quality for this price.


  • Set up: The instructions that come with this model aren’t as easy to read as the instructions you receive with certain other drum sets. This won’t prove to be too much of an issue, though.


This Gammon Percussion drum set would be a worthwhile investment for anyone looking to get into drumming. If you have no prior knowledge of drumming, then this would be a great set to start out on. Gammon Percussion are known to produce some of the most reliable, high quality products on the market at the moment. This set is no different, and you will likely be satisfied with your purchase.

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Best Choice Complete Drum Set Review


Best Choice are providing some great budget options for those looking to get their first drum set. Is this five piece a good choice for someone looking for a quality drum set? Well..




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If you’re looking for one of the cheaper 5 piece drum sets around, then you could do a lot worse than this set from Best Choice. Though it doesn’t have the prestigious name of some of the other drum sets that we have reviewed, it’s certainly a decent option for anyone who is making their first venture into the world of drumming. Be warned; when you first start to make that venture it’s a long, super addictive road. After purchasing your first drum set, within a few years you will be sure to want a new one!

Whilst Best Choice might not be the very best quality, you don’t need to be purchasing thousands of dollars worth of equipment for your first drum set. This set is aimed at beginners and perhaps slightly advanced juniors. So, if you have a nagging teenager, then this might be the best option for you.


About the Product

The drum set is a standard 5 piece drum set. This means that it includes the big ol’ bass drum, the smaller snare drum, the two high toms which are situated directly in front of you, and another smaller toms. It’s important to know this, as many people get this confused with referring to the cymbals and drumsticks as part of a five piece. They aren’t, this is a pretty common misconception. The main thing that you’ll need to consider are;

Bass Drum: The bass drum measures at 23″ x 16.5″, which is a fair size for a bass drum. For a beginner, it is around the perfect size. In fact even for the more experienced, it will be suitable.

Cymbals: The cymbals measure at 12″ and 14″. Again, this is pretty much the industry average for a set of cymbals. The crash cymbal at only 14″ might be considered slightly small, but this shouldn’t prove too much of an issue. You will still get the same response from the crash cymbal at 14″ that you would if it were a few inches wider in dimension.

Price: Whilst Best Choice may not be as prestigious as other brands that make percussion instruments, this helps you to save on cost. This Best Choice is one of the cheaper models on the market, which makes it a great buy if you’re on a budget. It’s pricing makes it a great Christmas or birthday present for a loved one.



  • Easy to assemble: This set comes with some pretty easy to follow instructions. Whilst you would think it’s easy to assemble a drum set, it’s actually much harder than you would think; without instructions, at least.
  • Adults and kids: This set isn’t just suitable for one age bracket. You can comfortably use this set if you’re an adult. But, you can also use this set for your children as well.
  • Relatively inexpensive: This set falls into the ‘bargain’ bracket. It isn’t super cheap, but it’s great value for money. It’s one of the better drum sets available within its price range.


  • The Drumsticks: The drumsticks with this set are perhaps not as good as the set itself. You could easily use the pair provided for the first few months and see how you go. If you need to upgrade at a later stage, this won’t be too much of an issue. Drumsticks are pretty inexpensive.



This five piece drum set will be suitable for the majority of people looking for their first drum set. If you are a bit more experienced, then there are other drum sets that you might wish to invest in. But if you are on a budget and are not completely sure whether you will carry on playing the drums, then this is a great starter set. Best Choice have provided a pretty solid drum set that would be a great purchase for most age groups, especially beginners.

GP Percussion 5-Piece Junior Drum Set Review


GP Percussion are producing some of the best quality drum sets around. They’re made by professional drummers for professional drummers; usually. This junior dum set is aimed at those starting to learn to play the drums; can they produce their junior drum sets as well as they produce their professional ones?


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This GP Percussion 5-Piece Junior Drum Set is a great kit for any kid or beginner looking to make some noise or play the drums seriously. They are good quality and have impressive sound. Besides sounding amazing, they look awesome as well in this black finish. They are made to handle kids beating them constantly, and is overall a great product with a few minor flaws.

About the Product

The GP 5-Piece Junior Drum Set is a great drum kit for kids. It comes with everything needed to start drumming. This includes 2 stand-alone drums, a bass drum with 2 connected drums; drum sticks, cymbals, and a seat. The types of instruments are as follows: 1 kick pedal bass drum, 1 snare drum, 3 tom drums, 1 hi-hat cymbal, and 1 cymbal. It comes with everything a beginner needs to start drumming right away. These can even be tuned and come with a drum key and all the necessary hardware.. The drums have good sound and are a good small size for children.

This set is a sharp looking black color with the GP logo on the bass drum. It would look great in any music room or bedroom, as well as sound awesome. They are just like a smaller version of a professional drum kit. These drums are a great gift for any kid, especially one with musical aspirations. All kids love making noise, and drums are a great way to express this. They are good for kids interested in music as well because they have a good, true sound and produce music very similar in quality to professional drum sets. This set is the perfect size for kids, particularly ages 4-12 as they can be adjusted.

These drums also have the added bonus of being able to be used by an adult for road trips and such. They can fit in the drunk of a car easily to brought along similar to how a bass or guitar can be brought around to play on. The quality is evident with these drums, as they are pretty durable and can handle children pounding away on them for years.



Durability- This is a high quality set made to withstand all the rigors that come with being a drum set for children. It will surely hold up to your kid for a long time.

Sound- This set is made with care and the sound is very true on the drums. It truly sounds like a real drum set, not just a kids one.

Size- These drums are the perfect size for kids to learn on and grow with.

Ready to Play- This set comes with everything needed for your kid to start drumming right away. It has all the drums, cymbals, sticks, hardware, needed. It also comes with a throne.

Adjustable- All the pieces on this set can be adjusted to fit your child as he/she grows into needing it taller. It also comes with a drum key so your kid can mess with tuning the drums by making them tighter or looser.

Gift- This set can surely be the best present under the Christmas tree, or the best birthday present. Think of how happy any kid would be to receive a present specifically designed to make noise with.




Set Up- These drums can be a real pain to setup if you’re not experienced with drums or instruments in general as the instructions to set them up are not very clear and it may take a long time to set up.

Cymbals- Both the hi-hat and regular cymbals are of lesser quality than the rest of the set and do not have the best sound.

The only question to durability is the act that the pedal for the bass drum is fabric driven instead of train driven, which means it could eventually give out. Also, the cymbals aren’t of the highest quality and don’t sound quite too good. If you’re not experienced with drums and music, be wary, the instructions for putting this set together are not that clear and it may take awhile.



Overall, this GP Jr. Drum Set would make a great gift for any kid looking to just make noise, or who wants to start drumming seriously. This set comes with everything needed to begin drumming right away. They are made with care and are of high quality. This set also has very good sound and will last for a long time and drums are completely adjustable as well. They are the perfect size for kids overall though. The cymbals are the only part of this product lacking the standard of quality set forth by the rest of the set. These drums do look super sharp though. I would recommend this set to anybody looking for a great gift to a child, whether they just want or make noise or they have a love for music and drums.




Gammon 5-Piece Junior Starter Drum Kit Review


Gammon have proved themselves to be a quality brand that have been producing some really great junior drum kits over the past few years. Is this 5 piece better than the competition?


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This Gammon Junior Starter Drum Kit is one of the top Junior drum kits on the market. They have great sound, are built with care, are extremely durable and come with everything needed to start drumming.

The Gammon Junior Starter Drum Kit is an excellent percussion set. This drum kits comes with everything your child needs to start drumming, it has a bass drum, a snare drum and stand, two tom drums, a mounted cymbal, a drum key, and drum sticks. It also comes with all the needed hardware and no extra pieces are needed to be bought for your child to start having with this amazing drum set. It is built masterfully and has true sounds, something not often found in Junior or Starter kits. The drums are built with extra care and sound almost identical to a real drum set, which is true of every drum in this set. It is obvious from the construction of this set that Gammon has a real passion for percussion and wants to help all kids become musicians.

About the Product

This is a very durable set and can stand up to young children playing on them a lot. This is especially helpful as these drums are recommended for kids 3-10 years old. Children love to play these drums and make noise, any kid would love to be able to bang on the Gammon Starter Kit all hours of the day. They are built very strongly and come with excellent hardware to keep all the pieces together and intact, regardless of how much they’re played with. Any child would love to receive this as a gift, drums are extremely fun and playing music has all kinds if benefits. It is proven that playing an instrument can improve math, problem solving, and science skills. Playing the drums is also good for your body and can help to build social skills. While this is an amazing product, it comes with some drawbacks. The cymbal can be a bit flimsy. The hi-hat cymbal is also not quite to the standard set by the rest of the stand. While these two pieces fall a bit short, they should hold up perfectly fine with normal drumming usage and can be counted on. These drums need to be assembled but come with clear instructions and should take you no more than 30 minutes to put together.



Sound; These drums have some of the best sounds for a Junior drum kit. They rival that of professional kits across the full range of drums.


Durability; These drums were surely built with a passion and deep understanding of how children play. They are extremely sturdy and can hold up to just about anything your kid will do to them.


Quality; Gammon built these drums with extreme quality that matches that of professional drums such as Yamaha.


Fun; All kids love making noise, and what better way to make noise then to play on the drums? These make an extremely fun way to spend time with your kid.


Gift; Maybe you don’t want all the noise in your house, that’s why these make a great gift because then you can see just how happy they’ll make a kid and not have to take Excedrin every night!



Cymbal; The included cymbal is a bit flimsy but should be able to hold up perfectly well for normal use. The only scary thing is extremely reckless or violent kids may break it off. The sound also is not as good compared to the rest of this set.


Hi-Hat Cymbal; The hi-hat cymbal has the same issues as the regular cymbal in that it is not as durable and good sounding compared to the rest of drum set.




The Gammon Starter Drum Kit is an awesome product for any kid, especially those interested in music or just making noise. If your kid wants drums, or you want to buy drums for a child, don’t go to Target or Toys R Us and buy toy drums, order these high-quality drums instead for a much better experience for the kid. They are built to a very high standard and are very durable overall. This is due in part to the high-quality hardware included with the set to hold all the pieces together.

The only parts that don’t quite live up to the standards set by this set are the cymbals, but Gammon offers replacement pieces. These are some of the best sounding junior drums on the market today. The snare, bass, and tom drums are all true to their sound and sound very similar to professional drum sets. These are a great Christmas or birthday gift and will most likely be the favorite gift of the child. Playing an instrument has been linked to improving math, science, and problem solving skills as well.

This product is surely recommended to anybody looking for a great gift for their young child!

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