you'll be getting a 5 piece kit but these are great drums. i've had many very high quality high priced kits in the past and now this is the kit i swear by. i'd say get this and then add on as your friend gets some extra cash. which a 5 piece kit is plenty of drums to wack on for 2 or 3 months until he gets some money to add on. but then again i dont like bigger kits at all. i play a kick, snare and floor tom so i guess i favor the small kits more.LayingGroovesJam":153y83wx said:you wont find a name brand for that kind of money, but the closest youll get is a ludwig cs custom, its 100 % birch, you may want to check that set out.