View Full Version : Roland vs Yamaha for Electro Set
01-30-2008, 07:15 AM
Alright, I've finally decided to drop around 1000 on a digital kit...Any recommendations?
I'm trying to decide between http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Roland-TD3SW-VCompact-Electronic-Drum-Set?sku=447838
There are a few other brands out there in that price range, some include mesh heads, but I'm thinking I should stick to Roland or Yamaha, since those are two brands I trust the most.
I was also thinking about http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Roland-V-Drums-Lite-with-Monitor?sku=490051
since anything that saves on space is a BIG plus for me right now.
01-30-2008, 10:49 AM
The big drawback to the HD-1 I see is the kick pedal not being a real kick pedal and placement to the pads not even coming close (or in this case they're all physically to close) to that of a real drumkit. If you really want to save space, look into a Roland SPD-S or a Kat pad. Between the first two choices, if you can play both of them somewhere, do so. Since I own an SPD-S already, I'd go with the Yamaha, simply to get the Yamaha sounds. (I already have most of the Roland sounds) If you want your e-kit to sound more like acoustic drums, the Yamaha probably gets the vote. If you want your e-kit to sound more "industrial", the Roland probably fits the bill better.
02-02-2008, 12:52 AM
The HD-1 also has a very small adjustment range. It reminds me of that DW practice pad kit - same concept, with a middle pole that supports everything. There's a reason those were discontinued.
Modern Drummer reviewed the HD-1 in the last issue. Their basic complaints were lack of ability to configure it and the horrible feel of the pedals.
With this kind of investment you should really go to GC and bang around on their kits before making a decision. As far as brand names, Roland is widely regarded as the 'gold standard', but my experience with their customer service is well below satisfactory. You can also look at Hart Dynamics.
02-02-2008, 12:57 AM
In this price range I would go with the Yamahas, I think they are an overall better kit until you get up into the multi-thousand dollar range, thats when Roland really shines.
Consider buying used. The set below seems suspect in terms of too low of a price, but maybe I don't understand what's included. For sets in general, I agree with ironcobras assessment.
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