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Old 10-13-2013, 03:02 PM
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Hey all,

I figured I would put a quick thread together of my gear. I play both acoustic and electric drums so I have two kits to show. Both are kinda big, but they serve my purposes very well,

First up is my 1993 Tama Rockstar DX. I got this kit when I was 13 and its has just built up over the years. It was my first, and only, acoustic kit:


From left to right we have:

Drums: Tama Rockstar DX (circa 1993)
16x16 floor tom
11x12 tom
12x13 tom
13x14 tom
16x18 floor tom
6 1/2" x 14 steel snare
(2) 16x22 Bass drums

Cymbals:
16" Medium A. Zildjian "Brilliant" crash
17" Medium A. Zildjian "Brilliant" crash
8" Paiste Signature splash
12" Wuhan China
10" A. Zildjian splash
12" A. Zildjian splash
10" Sabian Mike Portnoy signature mid-stacks
14" A. Zildjian "Brilliant" hi-hats
18" Medium-Thin A. Zildjian "Brilliant" crash
22" A. Zildjian "Brilliant" Ping ride
20" Z. Custom Zildjian china
12/14" Sabian Mike Portnoy signature low-stacks

Accessories:
LP Rock Rider cowbell
Rhythm-Tech DST tambourine

Hardware:
Lots of Tama Stilt stands, accessory boom arms, and Gibraltar clamps
Pearl single chain pedals
Tama HH75N hi-hat stand (Pre-Iron Cobra generation)

Heads:
Remo clear Pinstripes on top
Remo clear Ambassador on bottom
Remo clear Powerstroke 3 Bass heads (front and back)
Evans coated G2 snare head

I also just picked up an 8x8 and 10x10 tom to go with the kit, but I havent gotten them set up yet. I need to find a place to fit them.
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Old 10-13-2013, 03:03 PM
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Next up is my electric kit.

So, since I have moved to Chicago I have been without my acoustic kit because 1) its rather large, and 2) its really damn loud. This just doesn't bode well for apartment living. So I had to start looking in to electric kits if I ever wanted to play. After much research over all the different brands and the different models, I knew I wouldn't be happy unless I bought the best kit out there. I figure, I only buy a drum set once every 20 years, so why not? This is my Roland TD-30KV:


From left to right we have:

Drums: Roland TD-30 Drum Module
Roland PD-128S-BC (side snare/floor tom)
Roland (2) PD-85's (octabons)
Roland PD108-BC
Roland PD108-BC
Roland PD128-BC
Roland (2) PD-85's (more octabons, or hi-hats, or whatever I want)
Roland PD128-BC
Hart Dynamics hand hammered 13" snare drum
Roland KD140-BC bass drum

Cymbals:
10" Kit Toys mini-china
10" Madkatz splash
Roland VH-13-MG hi-hats
Yamaha PCY-135 crash
Roland CY-14-MG crash
(2) 10" Madkatz splashes
Roland CY-14-MG crash
Roland CY-15R-MG ride
Yamaha PCY-135 crash
Kit Toys 14" china

Accessories:
Simmons DA200s Amp
Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones
Boss FS-5U foot switch

Hardware:
Roland MDS-25 rack, clamps and stands
A bunch of PDP clamps for more cymbal stands
Gibraltar tom mounts for the PD-85's
A couple Tama Boom stands for the left side of the kit
Pearl H-2000 hi-hat stand
Pearl Eliminator double pedals
Pearl S-1000 snare stand

Heads:
Roland (Remo) 2 ply heads on all Roland drums
Hart Dynamics Maxxum single ply head on snare drum

This kit also grew since my original purchase of the TD-30KV, but I knew I wanted it to be very similar in size and setup as my acoustic kit. This should make it easier for transitioning between the two kits.

Last edited by Tommy_D; 10-19-2013 at 03:09 AM.
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:15 AM
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Those are some beast kits, man!
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Old 10-21-2013, 01:53 AM
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That Roland rig is very impressive. If I were in your situation I'd be more than happy to be able to play one of those. Years ago when I was doing the apartment living thing I bought a DTX-treme. I really wanted the Roland but it was just out of my budget. In hindsight, I wish I had just saved up longer for the Roland or just not have gotten anything at all. The DTX isn't terrible, though.
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Old 10-21-2013, 02:17 AM
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Nice rigs. On the Rolands you have at my count 23(?) pads/triggers, I thought the TD-30 only had 16 inputs. Did I miss something?
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:01 AM
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Nice rigs. On the Rolands you have at my count 23(?) pads/triggers, I thought the TD-30 only had 16 inputs. Did I miss something?
The TD-30 has a kick, snare, hi hat's, (4) toms, (2) crashes, (2) ride's and (4) auxiliary. So I use all of these, and split 2 of the auxiliary inputs for the two little splashes up front and the two china's on the left and right.

The (4) PD-85's, (2) on the left and (2) on the right, and the left most little splash cymbal are hooked up to a TD-9 module, but I'm thinking about selling the TD-9 module because it just isn't giving me the sounds I am looking for.
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:32 PM
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That Roland rig is very impressive. If I were in your situation I'd be more than happy to be able to play one of those. Years ago when I was doing the apartment living thing I bought a DTX-treme. I really wanted the Roland but it was just out of my budget. In hindsight, I wish I had just saved up longer for the Roland or just not have gotten anything at all. The DTX isn't terrible, though.
I was really looking hard at the DTX950K before I bought the Roland, but after a few months of having the kit out in the public I started hearing if cracking silicone heads, the hex rack was being discontinued and out of production, etc. It was all up in the air back then. Fortunately, Yamaha has brought back the hex rack and their TCS pads are a bit better than the first batch. Unfortunately, I already bought the TD-30 so no Yamaha for me. I am glad though. I am really happy with the TD-30. It does everything I really need, though there are still some things you can do on an acoustic kit that you cant do on an electric. There will always be a limitation with electronic kits relative to acoustic kits, but there are also a lot of benefits to them. Yeah the TD-30KV is a many many thousand dollar drum kit, but so is a DW collectors, or a Gretsch USA, or a Tama Star Bubinga, etc. Throw in top end cymbals and hardware and you are easily over the price of the TD-30KV. Now you have one really nice kit, but its only one kit. The TD-30KV can be as many kits as you want, with as many different cymbal packages as you want.

So yeah, its pricey but I like that I can have a kit for Metallica and another for Pearl Jam, another for jazz, one for Gavin Harrison, and now I'm working on a 'Tool' kit. Tons of different sounds and kits are possible. All for the price of one top end acoustic kit.
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Old 07-26-2014, 11:34 PM
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Just ran across your Roland Kit. It definitely made me start thinking.

I've been collecting ideas of what I want out of my new Kit. I'm pretty sure it will be TD-30KV. I like how you added the Hart Dynamic Snare. What did you do with the snare that came with the kit? Did you need to get a stand for the Roland Snare? I assume you got a stand for the Hart.

I'm not going to even be near the kit you have here, but still interested in what engineering you went through to adapt all the extra's from the basic kit.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-28-2014, 08:23 PM
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Hey Macarina,

I don't have that Roland kit anymore. I sold it and have made an A2E Roland TD-30 kit that is basically the same setup, only with real drum shells and sizes.

As for that kit, it was something that just quickly built up from even before I came shipped to my door. Basically you can use any Roland pad or cymbal with the TD-30 and it should work just fine. Yamaha cymbals work great with the module as well, but the hi-hat wont work. Hart Dynamics pieces work great as well since they are/were designed to work directly with Roland modules, but they are some tweaks you will have to make in the trigger settings to get them to work perfectly. Nothing too out of the ordinary though. For the Roland snare, I turned it in to my side snare/left side floor tom and hung it with a Gibraltar RIMS mount. It worked great when I had the kit. Very solid and no faulty triggering. The Hart snare is held in a regular snare stand and works great.

I still have the a TD-30 module, the Hart snare, the Yamaha cymbals, china and splash cymbals, and the four PD-85's but sold off the main TD-30KV kit.

Here is a more detailed account of my Roland kit:
http://www.vdrums.com/forum/forum/pe...ommy_d-s-drums
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:23 PM
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D'oh (face palm). I just now remember you posting that in Vdrum.

Hey thanks for the info on what you did. I'm going to look into that.

Edit add: I see on Ebay, a couple of Hart Dynamic Used snares going for $250. Opinions?
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Old 07-28-2014, 10:27 PM
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I really like the Hart snare. Much better than the 12" pad Roland gives you. I find it feels a lot like an acoustic snare. The Maxxum mesh head Hart supplies is really nice. I like it for a snare head better than the Roland mesh head. Hart is currently out of business. They may start up again one day, or not. Who knows? I have no fear that my pad will stop working, and if it does it is just simple electronics inside that anyone with basic knowledge of a soldering iron will be able to repair it.
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Old 07-29-2014, 01:07 AM
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I don't have that Roland kit anymore. I sold it and have made an A2E Roland TD-30 kit that is basically the same setup, only with real drum shells and sizes.
Any pics/ specs of your A2E setup? Would love to see how you went about it.
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Old 07-29-2014, 04:30 AM
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Nothing loaded here, but I do have a post on the Vdrum forum to a quick build of kne of my toms:

http://www.vdrums.com/forum/forum/ad...d-roland-td-30

Shortly after building the kit, my wife and I bought a house and have been spending most of our time working on it. The kit is disassembled and stacked up in our bedroom because we have to figure out some drainage issues to keep the basement from taking on water. Once thats done and the basement is 100% dry I will get the kit completely set up.
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:39 AM
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Nothing loaded here, but I do have a post on the Vdrum forum to a quick build of kne of my toms:

http://www.vdrums.com/forum/forum/ad...d-roland-td-30

Shortly after building the kit, my wife and I bought a house and have been spending most of our time working on it. The kit is disassembled and stacked up in our bedroom because we have to figure out some drainage issues to keep the basement from taking on water. Once thats done and the basement is 100% dry I will get the kit completely set up.
Ah, you went the cake pan route- very nice.
I see you bought the cones, peizo's and jack's from quartz percussion- any reason you didn't just buy their harness triggers outright? (I've found they've done a good job for my setup).
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:59 PM
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I had heard such great things about the cake pans that I decided to go that route. Simple drop in setup and easy removal if I want to make the drums acoustic again. Overall they trigger well, but I think the moleskin I added around the cake pan rim to protect the bearing edge is causing my rim hits to be a bit muted. I have upped the sensitivity, but its not triggering as perfectly as it did with the KV kit. I may try removing it from one of the pans to see what the difference is. I don't want to damage the bearing edges, but at the same time, I want great response and playability as I had with the KV kit.
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