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Old 08-08-2013, 06:17 PM
apolloXiii apolloXiii is offline
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Default Need acoustic/electric drum buying advice!

Howdy all!

Sorry for the lengthy post. I'm new to the forum, and new to purchasing drums, but I've been playing drums for about 5 years now. I'm self taught, learned on some kits that lived in my apartments over the years, and I constantly drum on pretty much any surface I can find. I suppose I'd consider myself a player who is leaning towards the advanced side of intermediate. I'm definitely not a beginner but haven't had the drum resources available to call myself an "advanced player". I've been playing bass for about 12 years now, and I honestly think I'm better at drums than I am at bass :P

I'm looking for some advice pertaining to buying an electric/acoustic kit. I live in the city, so buying a strictly acoustic kit is kind of out the window if I want to be playing every day. However, I love playing acoustic kits, and would definitely like to be able to do so when possible. I'm mostly interested in playing jazz/fusion/hip-hop/electronic, and occasionally rock/hard rock/indie rock.

I've had experience playing a few different kinds of electric kits. I've played some of the higher end Roland kits (which are fantastic, but definitely out of my price range), and I've played the Pearl E-Pro kit with the plastic cymbals (which I actually really liked, despite a lot of negative feedback I've seen about it). I don't know much about acoustic kits, but the kit I primarily played over the years was some kind of pearl 5 piece kit with a really snappy snare and I loved it.

I'm considering two different avenues currently:

1.) Just buy the e-Pro kit. It runs for about $2200.00.

I have my reservations about this, as I feel like putting acoustic heads on these drums might not sound too great. Also I'm not a big fan of the drum rack.

2.) Buy an actual acoustic kit, and then buy the tru-trac drum heads and a module. (I am definitely leaning toward this option)

The heads and module range from $1000-$1500 depending on the module, you can see the all the options here:

As far as the acoustic kit goes, I'd probably want to try to buy something that comes with just drums and hardware, like one of the following two models:

Gretsch Catalina Club Jazz Kit: - ~$670

Gretsch Catalina Maple Kit: - ~$999

(Who knew newegg sold music equipment?)

So this option would cost me about the same price, and I'd have a full acoustic kit (minus cymbals, which I can always pick up later if I start playing live more often).

Does anyone have any experience with either of these options? Or any info that would help make my decision a little easier? Or perhaps have any alternative suggestions?

I'm pretty open on the type/brand of acoustic kit for option 2. Again I don't really know much of anything about buying an acoustic kit.

Thanks in advance!
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