A national discount chain is offering an adult drumkit for £50 (about US$80).
I've often fancied getting my hand in as a drummer. I don't ever expect drums to be my main instrument, but I would like to be able to lay down simple rhythms for my own recordings, to be able to demonstrate rhythms to the real drummer in my band, and step in as a drummer if people want to jam.
I'm very aware of the handicap a very cheap guitar can be to the beginner guitarist -- bad intonation, inability to stay in tune, etc.
So, my question is, are there similar reasons I should stay away from a cheap drumkit?
What corners get cut when making a cheap drumkit? Which ones should I treat as an unacceptable flaw, and which ones should I treat as an acceptable compromise?
It occurs to me that a drumkit is particularly amenable to piecemeal upgrading -- a drum at a time, or even a pedal or skin at a time. Is there anything wrong with that way of thinking?