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Question for Drummers...

Nuclearfishin

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I'm looking to buy an electronic drum set for my son for his birthday and am hoping to get an opinion on two sets. Being a guitar player I'm not sure what to look for and what's important in my price range. I'm looking at a roland td-11k and a yamaha dtx522k. Both are $999 and seem to have similar features. Both seem to get good reviews. What do you drummers think? Is there another brand I should be looking at in this price range? Thanks!
 

b80

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Very close on these two. They are equal in value and features. Is there a way he can play on both first to see which feels better?
 

habanaerosmith

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Roland has been the top dog in the eDrum game for a long time. Yamaha has always seemed to be playing catch-up, which isn't necessarily bad--in fact, they may be better feature-wise in order to stay competitive.

If it's not a surprise, I'd have him try them. It's likely that the pads will feel slightly different, but the sounds at this point are going to be fantastic on both.

I remember reading that the Yamahas in that price range were more expandable--more inputs for additional pads--but I'm not sure if that's still true.

You can't really go wrong either way.
 

metropolis_4

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I've always thought the feel and response of Roland's electric drums is better than Yamaha and looking at the two, I would probably give that nod to the Roland.

The Yamaha has a bit better pads though with 3 trigger zones for the cymbals and snare (compared with 2 zones for the Roland pads), and the Yamaha has some extra built in features to facilitate practicing and learning, which I don't believe the Roland has.
 

hobbes1

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I am primarily a guitarist and bassist but have also played drums. The best route I found (for best sound and feel) was buying used roland pdx-8 pads for toms, a pd-120 for the snare and Yamaha pcy e-cymbals and HH. I use a roland td-8 brain (started with a TD-6V) but the later generation brains might be better from a multi-zone perspective (using all zones on three zone cymbals, snare, etc.). I used some acoustic drum kit type hardware for mounting as I hated the MDS roland racks. So I bought used snare stand, cymbal stands and Gibraltar arms for mounting the toms. I felt like I had a really nice, stable, compact eKit that was very touch sensitive, easy on the wrists (rubber pads suck!) and allowed a lot of expression. The number one thing I like about an eKit is using it to trigger Superior Drummer samples via a midi cable/computer. Route the sound to either a home stereo or PA speaker, etc. and you really have a great sounding kit at all volumes. Easily recordable too.

IMHO, for sound, touch, feel and general happiness, you won't find a better eDrum experience unless you are in the Roland TD30KV territory and spending $5k+. You can put together a kit from used gear for easily less than $1k as I described above. Also, you can make this scalable in that you can start with HH, snare, kick and a tom + couple of cymbals and add toms, cymbals as needed. Hope this is helpful in some way.
 

habanaerosmith

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The best route I found (for best sound and feel) was buying used roland pdx-8 pads for toms, a pd-120 for the snare and Yamaha pcy e-cymbals and HH.
Buying used is almost always the best option...unless it's a gift, which this is.
 

hobbes1

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Buying used is almost always the best option...unless it's a gift, which this is.
yes, I got that. Still, unknown timeline for getting it purchased. IF there is sufficient time, buying used is a viable option. Guitar Center online used often has lots of drum equipment for sale and can be shipped/delivered in <one week, IME, no matter where in the US it comes from.... Anyway, just a thought. Buying a complete kit-in-a-box could be an easier solution, but IME it may not be the best solution.
 

fwguitar

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I have the basic version of the Roland, the TD1-KV and I really like it.
I would go with the Roland.
 

Nuclearfishin

Silver Supporting Member
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Thanks for all the info fellas, I went with the Roland TD11K which I was able to get for a great price ($730). Good info hobbes and something I'll have him consider for future reference. Right now neither him (or I) know enough about piecing a kit together so for this first go around preferred to keep it simple and buy a complete kit. I'll leave it to him to upgrade once he finds his own path. Thank again, Cheers!
 




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