<p>A drum kit, drum set or trap set is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments set up to be played by a single player.
More specifically, a modern kit (for a right handed player), as used in popular music, taught in many music schools, and for which qualifications are available from Trinity College London consists of:
A drum kit is normally played seated on a drum stool or throne.
Most drummers extend their kits from this basic pattern, adding more drums, more cymbals, and many other instruments. In some styles of music particular extensions are normal, for example double bass drums in heavy metal music. On the other extreme but more rarely, some performers omit elements from even the basic setup, again particularly for particular styles of music.
The first recognizable ancestors of the modern drum kit were born in the Vaudeville era. Pecuniary and theater space considerations demanded that fewer percussionists covered more percussion parts. In military and orchestral music settings, drums and cymbals were traditionally played separately by one or many percussionists. The bass drum, snare drum, cymbals and other percussion instruments were all played using hand-held</p>