Mendini by Cecilio MJDS-1 Junior Drum Kit Review


Value for money






Sound quality



  • Very affordable
  • Good quality
  • Perfect size for small children
  • Includes everything you need (drums, cymbal, sticks, stool)
  • Easy to assemble


  • Only for small children (Check out the MDJS-3 and MDJS-5 for kids up to 5 feet tall)
If you’re looking for a junior acoustic drum set for kids between the ages of 3 to 8, then this is worth checking out.

Ideally you want something that is suitable for your child’s size, affordable (as they will grow it over in a couple of years) and is made of good quality drums. This kit meets all of those needs. This article talks about the Mendini MDJS-1, which is their smallest kit in the MDJS range (slightly larger kits are the MDJS-3 and MDJS-5).

Basic Features

It consists of the bass drum, snare, one to, and one cymbal and comes also with the bass pedal, adjustable stool, and wooden drum sticks, giving you essentially everything you need right out of the box. Since it is specifically designed for small children, it is rather small in size, with it’s 8” by 13” bass drum and all of the other features fitting accordingly. This set will come in five different colors (purple, red, green, black and blue) and it has really nice finishing, which gives it a look of a much more expensive drum set than it actually is.

The great thing about this set is that with the package you will get everything you need for playing drums, without the need to buy anything else. That is often something parents really want, to get a full package right from the start. 


The first thing you notice when buying this set is its price. At this price, you don’t expect to get a high-end kit, but that is just where this drum kit stands out from its price range competition. You will get rather sturdy and quality made drums, perfect for small children to practice on, durable enough to take children hitting them uncontrollably.

Also, the sound is really good on this drum kit, which you wouldn’t expect from kids set. Value for money is great on this kit, as for this amount of money you can really only expect to get some lousy kits from supermarkets on sale, which are poor quality.


Setting up the kit right out from the box is easy and you shouldn’t have any problem with that. Everything comes in neatly packed, and it’s really just a matter of mounting everything to its place.

The set itself is built to look and sound similar to full-sized adult drums (though they’re a bit quieter!). The stand for the drums is pretty sturdy and the heads are pretty strong. All in all, the build quality is as good as required for a junior drum set.


If you’re worried about loudness, we’re sorry to say that this kit won’t be quiet. As this is not the electronic drum kit, you can’t just plug earphones in and hush out most of the noise. So, if you don’t have the patience for your little one banging throughout the day or some practice spot, this probably isn’t really a good choice for you.

But, if you are specifically looking to buy an acoustic drum set, then this is the right piece of equipment you need. As we said earlier, the sound of these little things is amazing, and they will give our child a real feel of how drum sets actually sound and work. Of course, at ages, 3-8 nobody expects from a child to become new John Bonham, but it can help for a kid to start learning some basics of drum playing, which they can improve and build on later on. 

Space usage

This set is designed especially for small children, will not take up much space as everything is very compact. With that in mind, you shouldn’t have any problems with storing the whole set. Also, you can easily disassemble the set when it is not needed, so there shouldn’t be a problem as well.


You can’t really upgrade on this set as there isn’t any room for upgrades. The designers felt (and were right in our opinion) that as this is a small child set, they will quickly outgrow it, meaning that they will need bigger set if they want to keep playing.

Also, because this is meant for use by children 3 to 8 years old, there really is no need to upgrade the kit, as children really can’t learn to play more than the drums included in the set. Of course, when your children grow up, there are other options, also by Mendini, for bigger sets with more drums and other options, that are upgradeable and can last a bit longer than this set.

Should I get an acoustic kids set or an electronic kids set?

This is very much a matter of preference. If noise is a concern to your family or neighbors, then you should consider an electronic drum set for kids. However, if it’s acceptable to have a bit of noise coming from these in your home, then they are a great start for a young drummer!

You should also check out our ‘best of’ guide on the best drum sets for kids, which goes through the best acoustic drum set options for children.


This set is perfect for a young drummer. With the basic kit of three drums and one cymbal, kids will learn the basics of how the drums work and learn basic principles and moves. This will allow them in the future to move on to more complex kits more easily, like Mendini’s 5-piece sets, that will get them closer to playing real drums.

MJDS-1 is a great set for small children to get them to start playing drums and fall in love with drumming. It will give you good quality for a really great price, so even if you don’t want to spend much money you can get good quality drums for your children. The sound you will get is as close to the real drums as it can get for kids. All in all, if you want to buy a junior drum set for your little ones, you should look no further than this drum set.

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Mike O'Connor

Drumming has been my passion for over 18 years. I play quite a few different genres and I really enjoy experimenting with hybrid kits that blend acoustic and electronic drums. I love all things drumming!

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