Ludwig LJR106 Junior 5-Piece Acoustic Drum Set w/ 16" Kick (Discontinued)
Ludwig is the biggest brand included in this guide and their full-sized professional kits are endorsed by numerous successful and well-known drummers.
Although more expensive than some of its competitors, this drum set comes with higher quality hardware.
This kit received slightly lower ratings than some cheaper options seemingly because Ludwig appears to have been held to a much higher standard than those lesser-known brands.
Items Included in this Drum Set:
- 16" x 10" Bass Drum
- 12" x 4" Snare
- 8" x 5" Mounted Tom
- 10" x 5" Mounted Tom
- 13" x 10" Floor Tom
- 10" Crash Cymbal
- 8" Hi-Hats
- Kick Pedal
- All necessary hardware is included
- NB: Drum Sticks are not officially listed as part of the package and although some people say they did get sticks with their order, it would be wise to buy your own set - you can order these from Amazon.com.
- The Hi-Hat stand is double braced.
- The other hardware is single-braced.
- The shells are multi-ply but the number of plys is not specified.
The response to the overall quality was positive in most customer reviews and there were even positive comments about the cymbals - sometimes with a disclaimer that they're not professional cymbals but good for the price. The sound of the drums was also cited quite positively for a junior kit. In addition to good reviews from non-musician parents, there were also many experienced drummers and musicians that gave this kit positive reviews.
One of the most common complaints was that assembly instructions were not included with delivery, although this was not the case for everyone - you can download detailed assembly instructions from Ludwig. Some experienced drummers didn't like the drum heads or cymbals and said they would or have replaced them - these people seemed to be measuring this junior kit against the standards they're used to from full-sized Ludwig kits.
If the child you're buying a drum set for already has experience and has displayed an interest in continuing to improve their skills, then it's probably worth the additional investment in buying this kit. This is the one I would recommend as your first option if you have no budget limitations because of its durability, big-brand backing, and overall build quality.
This isn't available new in stores anymore, but you will find our current recommendations in our guide to The Best Junior Drum Sets For Kids.
Here's a video of a 3-year-old playing a Ludwig LJR106 Junior 5-Piece Acoustic Drum Set: