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  1. jp_bl_68

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    I've been thinking about trying to learn the drums. I think that an electronic drum kit might be a good way to start learning as it will be smaller, quieter and less expensive than a real kit. Obviously these machines have their drawbacks but I think they could allow me to experiment and learn a few basics.

    I've been looking on Amazon and this kit seems to get a good write up - Clarity 7 Pad Drum Machine

    Have any of you used one of these machines?

    What are your thoughts on them?
     
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    To be honest, I wouldn't bother with one of those. They don't give you anything near what you want for learning. You need to be co-ordinating arms and legs into a rhythmic power house, which you can't really get from that unit.
    It is worth keeping a look out for second hand electronic kits, but expect to pay around £150 upwards for something that would be more suitable for learning. Ones with mesh heads would give you a more "drum" feel, but may be hard to get at that price range. You may be able to get a set with a mesh snare and rubber toms etc.
    Where are you based?
     
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    You need to be looking at either the Yamaha DTX or Roland V Drums minimum. Anything less isn't worth considering as it'll be more or a hindrance than a learning tool
     
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    Croydon.

    Where would you go to buy 2nd hand e-drums (other than ebay)?
     
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    Not sure about second hand, but if you get a chance pop over to Wembley - Wembley Drum Centre is a treasure trove!!!! I could, and have done, blow £-thousands in there!!!!
     
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    Thomann's cheapest kit is only £175 with free delivery, also worth considering

    MILLENIUM HD-100 E-DRUM SET - Thomann UK Cyberstore

    This kit is £205 but ranks number 1 in their E-Drum sales which means they must shift a load of them (ie there can't be many problems with it)

    MILLENIUM MPS-100 E-DRUM STARTER SET - Thomann UK Cyberstore

    Obviously the sounds won't be top draw quality but the only thing it needs to do is trigger properly to get your learning chops on. With the bottom end Yamaha and Roland kits costing around £500 you might be hard pushed to find a used set under £200.
     
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    I'd be happy to pay £200 for a kit. Have you used that site before?
     
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    I've used Thomann twice and not had a problem with them. Delivery was quick/satisfactory both times, although their "trace you item" leaves a bit to be desired (not very time accurate)
     
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    Interesting to read, you fit exactly into the target audience for my current design project. I'm making an electronic drum kit. All mesh heads. And for under the £250 rrp mark. The only draw back is it doesn't have any samples, it just controlls software via midi. But it's good enough for a couple drum teachers who I've had test the early prototypes.
     
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    If you can make me one with two kicks, 3 rack toms, 2 floors, a snare, and about 10 cymbals for £500, that can have a "brain" plugged into it (like a Pearl Red Box or DTX unit) I'd be interested!
     
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    I'm no manufacturer, this is just part of my product design course! :L

    Edit: and the project is a bit of a labour of love, I'm getting the frame and the 4" tall shells all powder coated in Ferrari red. Black mesh pads. It's going to look beautiful!
     
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    I've used Thomann on numerous occasions, they're the largest musical retailer in Europe (hence the reason they must have sold a LOT of those kits) and have excellent customer service :smashin:

    I think that kit would do the job perfectly for a beginner and their own brand stuff is usually of decent quality.
     
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    I was considering getting an electronic drum kit, and use it on gigs. I tried a Roland TD-4K with mesh heads. It was ok, but didn't have the feel of an acoustic drum kit. Probably would have been ok to practice on though.
    I ended up getting a good quality Mapex M-Birch kit second hand, and I'm totally pleased with that.
     
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    Hey guys, any ideas how to make drum
    Shells? I'm looking at using a multi ply role of 4mm flexi ply round 4 times and glued solid in a jig over night, then put through a lathe to get rid of the overlaps and get a nice smooth round shell to mount pre made lugs and mesh heads onto?
     
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    If you don't get any advice on this here, you may want to look at this site, which has great forums for drummers

    DRUMMERWORLD OFFICIAL DISCUSSION FORUM - Powered by vBulletin
     
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    or try mikedolbear.com forum, loads of drum builders on that site who will lend a hand.

    as for the OP, For an absolute beginner id go with the thomann kit, cheaper than any roland traps yamaha koby electronic kit, and thomann are very good, not as cheap as they used to be now the euro is crap.

    i sold a roland TD-10 years ago when i bought my own house biggest mistake i ever made, hardly ever get to practice now
     

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