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Old 06-27-2012, 08:01 PM
benomoth benomoth is offline
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Default Upgrade DTXpress or Purchase Better Kit?

Hey guys, new poster here. Currently, I am playing a Yamaha DTXpress original. I did not expect to go all the way electronic, but it seems acoustic kits are just too loud for city living. The DTXpress is a bit underwhelming after a year of use and I'm ready to upgrade.

What would be the more cost effective measure.. to upgrade the brain of the DTX with something like this ? or to buy a newer (and very expensive) kit?

Of course, if I upgrade the brain only, I will be stuck with the old Xpress pads. Maybe it would be cheaper to replace the brain and the pads than to buy a new full kit with rack?

If buying new is the best option, do you guys have any opinions on the best electronic sets in the $800-1000 range? Lightly used will be fine. Any good websites to buy kits at a good price?

Thank you guys
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:58 PM
theoak theoak is offline
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Default Re: Upgrade DTXpress or Purchase Better Kit?

It depends how you define "underwhelming".

The DTX500 module has stock sounds only ... around 400. So I am not sure if you would find that underwhelming also. You can tweak the voices. You could also try the MIDI out and computer thing to get new voices for your pads too.

The DTX700 module can be had for $750+- which allows you to load your own sounds/voices on the module itself without the need for MIDI. It also comes with around 1200 internal voices.

If you want new pads, you could just get the pad kit like the DTP700P (8" snare, 3 - 7" toms and kick pad) for under a grand. To get 3 voices out of them though you need a DTXExtreme III or higher I think.

If it is both the brain and the pads that are underwhelming I think in the end it would be cheaper to get a kit versus purchasing the pads and brain separately. A kit with the newer silicone pads though are going to me more than a grand.

You could probably get a DTX700 and a XP Snare for just over a grand, and then upgrade the rest piece by piece. You could probably get a DTX500 and a XP Snare for around the $600 to $700 mark depending on the size of snare you ended up with.

Those are kind of your options for $1000+-

You can also check out Roland's offerings too. I am not familiar with those.

It kind of depends what is "underwhelming" you ...
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:15 PM
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Default Re: Upgrade DTXpress or Purchase Better Kit?

A complete kit is always a bargain compared to buying this part and that part separately. You should sell the current kit and buy a new complete kit. Because the Express was very inexpensive, you won't lose very much and you have easily had your money's worth out of it.
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