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Marching Tenor Drums
There's a lot to like about marching tenor drums. For starters, they're generally considered the most challenging instrument on the drumline, so they provide an opportunity to master their technique and show off your skills. On top of that, they're customizable enough that you can put together a tenor set perfectly suited to your band as well as your own preferences. The most straightforward type of tenor layout is the 4-drum variety, which is what you'll find in this selection of marching quads. These include the fundamental four drums that make up the baseline of the tenor set, and you can stick to those to keep it simple or add your choice of 'shot' or 'spock' drums to take things to the next level. The choice is yours.
If you'd like to build your own set of marching quads from scratch, take a look at the Pearl Competitor Series Individual Marching Toms. These are sold one at a time, so they're a good bet if you want to make an exotic set with unconventional size progression. You can also go this route if you've got a worn-out drum on an existing tenor rack and want to replace just that one. Pearl's Competitor Series is made up of versatile, mid-range drums that fit nicely into any set, even if the others are from a different manufacturer or collection.
Of course, the primary focus of this section is on ready-made sets of marching quads, and you can go as affordable or as high-end as you like. Models vary from the highly practical Sound Percussion Labs Marching Tenor Drum with Carrier all the way up to the top-of-the-line Pearl Championship CarbonCore Marching Tenor Drums Quad Sonic Cut. The SPL set includes a carrier, making it an amazing buy for a beginning drummer. The Pearls, on the other hand, are aimed at professional bands with the biggest demands for customization - so they've left out the carrier in order to let you choose your own.
Whether you pick a set that includes a carrier or one that doesn't (or choose to buy your drums one by one from the Pearl Competitor Series), it's important to make sure you're getting everything you need to play them. So don't forget to pick up a separate carrier if necessary, not to mention a pair of high-quality tenor drum mallets. On that note, be sure to track down a good case as well - that'll make sure your marching quads get from place to place in good shape, protecting your investment and making for a worry-free travel experience. Take care of your marching quads, and they'll take care of you when it's time to go out on the field.