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Old 01-08-2014, 12:44 AM
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Hello, this is my first post, and i'm 16 and have been drumming on an acoustic Mapex Voyager for around a year now. However, I am not satisfied with the positioning of the kit, the sound of the bass drum, and just not thrilled with it in general. I like electric kits from Yamaha, because they are a better buy than Roland kits. I'm looking at the Yamaha DTX 430K, the Yamaha DTX 450k, and if I can save the money for it (and maybe sell my acoustic kit) the Yamaha DTX 522k. A few questions

1. Despite what the Yamaha reps say, can a double bass pedal (a DW 3002) fit on the electric kick pad and trigger consistently?

2. Are the kits durable? As in do I frequently have to replace the pads

3. Is the DTX 522K ($999.99) worth the extra $400 up from the 430K(599.99)?

4. What headphones would fully bring out the sounds in the kits? Under $100 that is

5. Do the kits have a quality build in general? As in do the parts feel cheap or well made

That's bout it. Appreciate any help. Happy drumming!
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Old 01-08-2014, 01:32 AM
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[quote=NewbieDrummer;1216882]Hello, this is my first post, and i'm 16 and have been drumming on an acoustic Mapex Voyager for around a year now. However, I am not satisfied with the positioning of the kit, the sound of the bass drum, and just not thrilled with it in general. I like electric kits from Yamaha, because they are a better buy than Roland kits. I'm looking at the Yamaha DTX 430K, the Yamaha DTX 450k, and if I can save the money for it (and maybe sell my acoustic kit) the Yamaha DTX 522k. A few questions

1. Despite what the Yamaha reps say, can a double bass pedal (a DW 3002) fit on the electric kick pad and trigger consistently?

Yes a double kick pedal can fit on the KP65 kick tower.

2. Are the kits durable? As in do I frequently have to replace the pads

The kits are durable and are backed by Yamaha's 1 year parts/labor warranty.

3. Is the DTX 522K ($999.99) worth the extra $400 up from the 430K(599.99)?

The DTX502 series is a set up in terms the cymbal pads play 3 zones (Cup, Bow, Edge) this includes the hihat. The snare pad is a 3 zone DTX-Pad (Center, Crosstick, Rimshot) which made from textured silicone for a real drum feel. The DTX502 module can be expanded with 4 additional pads. Also you can load your own samples into the module.

4. What headphones would fully bring out the sounds in the kits? Under $100 that is

There are a couple good ones on the market but I suggest taking your favorite songs in an ipod or cell phone into a music store to listen to the frequency response. Try looking for headphones that are completely inclosed to block outside sound.

5. Do the kits have a quality build in general? As in do the parts feel cheap or well made

It Yamaha drum hardware so its known through out the industry for durability and ease of use.

Hope this helps,

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Old 01-12-2014, 12:40 AM
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Hi my friend

I had the same dilemma 20 days ago and finally ended up with 522. Even though I have little experience I think it's worth invest for 522. Far better module and a awesome textured silicone snare ( plus the 3 zone cymbal).
To be honest after playing for a while with 522 you will regret yourself for not choosing 542 (all toms come with textured silicone). If you afford it go for 542
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Old 01-19-2014, 12:33 AM
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Hi my friend

I had the same dilemma 20 days ago and finally ended up with 522. Even though I have little experience I think it's worth invest for 522. Far better module and a awesome textured silicone snare ( plus the 3 zone cymbal).
To be honest after playing for a while with 522 you will regret yourself for not choosing 542 (all toms come with textured silicone). If you afford it go for 542
GAS never ends. I went for the 562 in order to have a real hi-hat.
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Old 01-19-2014, 07:19 PM
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Real hat pedal/stand makes a big difference.

Also, if you have a computer you can get midi into, check out XLN Addictive Drums. It is a really lightweight program so it can run on lots of older hardware, it has way better sounds than any drum module, and it is pretty cheap ($99) assuming you have a DAW to play it in. I think there are free DAWs though.

Edit: I have a 700 series brain/kit. I find it much sturdier than my friend's Roland set. His wobbles all over, the Yamaha is pretty solid.
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Old 01-18-2015, 05:20 PM
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I have a question: You need a special double pedal for KP65 tower, aren't you?
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Old 01-18-2015, 05:30 PM
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I've used a few different double pedals with the KP65, and have had no issues.
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I've used a few different double pedals with the KP65, and have had no issues.
whiteknightx, what hi-hat stand would you recommend for double pedal set ? Is there something better than Yamaha HS740 (within that price range) with swivel footboard, adjustable spring tension and lightweight ? Thanks !
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Old 01-19-2015, 08:27 PM
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whiteknightx, what hi-hat stand would you recommend for double pedal set ? Is there something better than Yamaha HS740 (within that price range) with swivel footboard, adjustable spring tension and lightweight ? Thanks !
I'm going to get the 542k, and buy a hi-hat stand+pad for my birthday!
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Old 01-19-2015, 10:28 PM
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I'm going to get the 542k, and buy a hi-hat stand+pad for my birthday!
If you buy 562K then you've got it all in one package + PCY135 as a crash cymbal (instead of PCY100). Isn't it cheaper than "upgrading" 542K ? I am just asking cause in my country price difference is below 250$ (equivalent).
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I don't have a ton of experience with many double leg hi hat stands. I have an iron cobra and it works fine, but I don't like how heavy it is for moving around.

That yamaha stand, the legs can swivel on the stand so you can rotate them a fair bit to get a pretty good fit for a double pedal along side the hi hat pedal. it worked fine for one of my double pedals, but not with my pearl Eliminator, it's just a tight enough fit, it would pop the cams out while playing.

The yamaha RHH135 hi hat cymbal seems to work with any hi hat stand. I'm big into lighter weight hardware. To me double braced is just a big marketing gimmick.
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Old 01-20-2015, 06:06 PM
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I don't have a ton of experience with many double leg hi hat stands. I have an iron cobra and it works fine, but I don't like how heavy it is for moving around.

That yamaha stand, the legs can swivel on the stand so you can rotate them a fair bit to get a pretty good fit for a double pedal along side the hi hat pedal. it worked fine for one of my double pedals, but not with my pearl Eliminator, it's just a tight enough fit, it would pop the cams out while playing.

The yamaha RHH135 hi hat cymbal seems to work with any hi hat stand. I'm big into lighter weight hardware. To me double braced is just a big marketing gimmick.
I'm asking because I bought Speed Cobra Jr (310LW) double pedal set and I'm not sure if its left pedal fits HH650 which (as far as I know) hasn't got swivel legs. Thanks !
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Old 01-21-2015, 05:00 PM
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If you buy 562K then you've got it all in one package + PCY135 as a crash cymbal (instead of PCY100). Isn't it cheaper than "upgrading" 542K ? I am just asking cause in my country price difference is below 250$ (equivalent).
For the crash, the pcy100 is nice! On the pcy100, they actually offset the post so that you get more playing space. It's like an oval, more or less! I just got a quote for the dtx562k at 1300, but I am going to go with the dtx542k for 1500 since I can buy it from the store. If there is a problem, I can easily just take it to the store. The website I got the quote from wasn't as trust worthy as the store. The only thing I would consider upgrading would be the hi-hat.
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:02 PM
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I have the DTX450K and kind wish I had the cash for the 502 series.
The only thing I don't really like is the hh65 hi-hat controller. Just dosn't feel right and sucks as a double bass pedal. Other then that the kit is pretty amazing.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:18 PM
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The only thing I don't really like is the hh65 hi-hat controller. Just dosn't feel right and sucks as a double bass pedal. Other then that the kit is pretty amazing.
Totally agree. I had Roland HD-3 and its hi-hat pedal was better. HH65 has quite narrow pedal position range so it is not easy to find "half-open" sound.
As far as double bass pedal feature goes - it has to be weird cause you've got beaterless pedal under left foot (hh65) and beater pedal under your right.
I can only say that if you want to play double pedal you should buy such set. My Roland HD-3 had both beaterless pedals and I know that I will need some time to "switch" to beater pedals because the feeling is completely different.
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Old 01-29-2015, 03:36 AM
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[quote=NewbieDrummer;1216882]4. What headphones would fully bring out the sounds in the kits? Under $100 that is[quote]

http://www.samash.com/hd280-pro-head...29-shd280prd-p

Good sound. I've had mine for 5 years, no problems. New ones can be bought for $100-140 USD. Good luck and have fun.
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