When looking to buy your first drum kit or replace one you already have consider this: If your purchase involves cymbals, get good (read more expensive) ones, if they sound best to your ears. While you can do a lot to change the way a drum sounds (head selection, tuning, muffling, etc.) you can do very little to change a cymbal’s sound in a positive way. Sure, you could put tape on them or something but that would probably just make you like the cymbal less.