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Old 07-04-2008, 09:49 AM
JonJason JonJason is offline
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Default About e-cymbals

I play a Roland TD9kx which I think is a great mid-range set.
I am looking for a better cymbal set up - I don't like the feel of hitting the plastic cymbals - and asking if anyone has experience with real metal e-cymbals such as the Hart Dynamics, Smarttrigger or Alesis Surge cymbals, in particular the hi-hat.

For the money, the Alesis Surge package looks like good value.

What is the response like?
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Old 07-13-2008, 09:58 PM
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Default Re: About e-cymbals

The Alesis cymbals are just re-branded Smartriggers- the response is very accurate. I used to use them till I switched back to 'real' cymbals.
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Old 07-19-2008, 05:09 PM
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I tried using the Hart Dynamics and hated them. They're a really hard plastic material so they feel wierd and make a louder sound then the rubber Roland cymbals (which I switched back to after trying the Hart ones).
From my experience with the e-cymbals, in general they just can't even come close to reproducing the feel or sound of real cymbals.
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Old 07-20-2008, 03:01 AM
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I used to play a full set of SmarTriggers (hats, 3-zone ride, multiple 2-zone crashes, smaller auxiliary crash) -- and I have to say I cannot recommend them. While the stick feel is superior IMO to plastic/rubber cymbals, I found the sweet spots to be too small and the cymbals to be lacking durability. (*Every single one* had the plastic underside dampening material peel off -- and I even sent back multiple cymbals to be repaired). I *much* prefer the reliability and consistency of the Roland cymbals (I've switched my entire set over to them).
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Old 07-20-2008, 07:20 AM
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Default Re: About e-cymbals

Have you tried the new Yamaha e-cymbals? The ones that came with my DTX 3 feel great. That's one of the main reasons I decided on the DTX 3 and not a Roland. I just couldn't get over how rigid the cymbals were.
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Old 07-20-2008, 07:54 PM
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Default Re: About e-cymbals

I have played the lower end Roland Cymbals and well as The high End Roland's. There is no comparison. The high end ones are great. I also had the Harts for a while. I liked the metal ride but the plastic crashed feel like hitting Frisbees.
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