Just recently received my own special Cocktail Kit and I love it… Being a female musician, I am always looking for new and unique ways to do what I love.
The typical set consists of a 14 – 16″ (diameter) floor tom which is usually 16 – 25 inches tall with mounted legs. The floor tom has 2 drum heads…one on top and one at the bottom. The bottom is utilized as the bass drum, in which a reverse foot pedal is attached. Although there are different variations of cocktail drums, the newest drums have a mount for a “popcorn” snare drum which is typically 8″ in diameter. This eliminates the need for a snare stand. There is also a bracket for an added small tom which is about 10″. An additional holder is used for hi-hats, cymbals, cowbells, etc and can be easily customized to suit the drummer.
The Trixon cocktail set came out of the box ready and easy to set up. It came with a cow bell, reverse foot pedal with bracket (used to hold foot pedal in place), a holder for hi-hat and cymbals, an 8″ popcorn snare, a 10″ tom, a 15″ floor tom/bass drum, and they also included a pair of drum sticks !
The most challenging part was tuning the drum heads to my taste. The 8″ popcorn snare had a great tone, but rang as the other drums. The biggest drum, which is bass drum and floor tom combined, was the hardest to tune. The Trixon clear drum heads aren’t bad, but later I plan to replace with 4 PLY heads by Remo or Evans.
A well known tour producer advised that I use “egg foam” in each drum. He suggested that I use about 60% in each drum, but I tested and played with each drum using less. I later found that using the 60% did indeed prove to have a better tone and made it easier to tune the drums. I still found that the floor tom/bass drum basically had the same tone, and it was hard to differentiate the bass drum from the floor tom sound. I am still testing different options but generally like how they are tuned according to my specific taste.
I did however find that I was exhausted after about 1/2 hour. I typically can play drums for 1 1/2 – 2 hours without stopping, but because of the standing and balancing on one leg while playing the foot pedal, I was surprised in how much energy it took to play comfortably. In my video below…I played in heels, but will try flat shoes/sneakers next time. We will see if it makes a difference, but the cocktail drum kit is indeed fun to play.
How Much Do Cocktail Drums Cost ??
Cocktail drum sets can range from $250.00 – $1,300 depending on a few factors. These drums are sometimes sold as collector items so the value can depend on the age, model, accessories, and the condition of the drums . Some of the newer sets offer extra toms, or added cymbal stand attachments, snares and other items. The price can also depend on the type of wood used. Some are made with 9-PLY wood shells while others are made with Birch shells. Some kits offer beautiful lacquer finishes.
Take a closer look at this portable drumset and DARE TO BE different
….TAKE A STAND !! … Make your MARK !