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Old 01-08-2014, 12:44 AM
NewbieDrummer NewbieDrummer is offline
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Default Yamaha DTX Drum Questions

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
DTX Product Specialist DTX Product Specialist is offline
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Default Re: Yamaha DTX Drum Questions

[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,

DTX Product Specialist
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:40 AM
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Default Re: Yamaha DTX Drum Questions

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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Default Re: Yamaha DTX Drum Questions

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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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Default Re: Yamaha DTX Drum Questions

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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