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Old 04-18-2012, 01:38 PM
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Good day to all and sundry.
A new poster here who has been lurking for a number of weeks and found this discussion forum to be absolutely superb.
I'm returning to drumming this Sunday for the first time in 10 years having played from ten years old to my mid 30s then dropped away.
Sunday will be the first time I've picked up a drumstick in anger for a decade and I'm looking so forward to playing with my old bandmates again...this time just for fun...no delusions of grandeur or anything like that.

The real point of my post.
I simply cannot practice at home with an acoustic kit so I will be shortly investing in an electronic kit. If no-one objects to me using boardspace I may well invite opinions on kits via this forum. I've already picked up some great 'broadbrush' advice and am looking at used Yamaha and Roland kits rather then the cheaper kits available.
I'll have around 500.

One of the things I'm hugely looking forward to is playing at home as part of an effort on my part to get a bit fitter...hopefully playing in a band and rehearsing at home will improve my overall fitness as well as prove to be great fun.

One question I have right now is this...and forgive me if it's a really stupid one...
What is a 'surge' cymbal. I've seen some kits have them...they appear as if 'real'....
Given that I'm motivated to keep noise to a minimum would I be better steering clear of these types of e-cymbals...or am I concerned here about nothing.

All assistance greatly appreciated

Regards

Martin
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:44 AM
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One question I have right now is this...and forgive me if it's a really stupid one...
What is a 'surge' cymbal. I've seen some kits have them...they appear as if 'real'....
Given that I'm motivated to keep noise to a minimum would I be better steering clear of these types of e-cymbals...or am I concerned here about nothing.


Martin,
I'm no expert but I do play an e-kit (Pearl). I believe the "surge" cymbals are brass, with a piezo or trigger attached to it to provide the electronic signal to the module. I had the brass cymbals from Pearl (which I am sure were Alesis) and I thought they felt good but were too noisy for me at home.
I don't know if the name "surge" refers to Alesis specific or not. I preferred the brass but I'm OK with the rubber ones.
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Old 04-19-2012, 10:19 AM
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One question I have right now is this...and forgive me if it's a really stupid one...
What is a 'surge' cymbal. I've seen some kits have them...they appear as if 'real'....
Given that I'm motivated to keep noise to a minimum would I be better steering clear of these types of e-cymbals...or am I concerned here about nothing.


Martin,
I'm no expert but I do play an e-kit (Pearl). I believe the "surge" cymbals are brass, with a piezo or trigger attached to it to provide the electronic signal to the module. I had the brass cymbals from Pearl (which I am sure were Alesis) and I thought they felt good but were too noisy for me at home.
I don't know if the name "surge" refers to Alesis specific or not. I preferred the brass but I'm OK with the rubber ones.
You've answered my question thanks very much.
The noise is the critical issue for me. Even though I live in a detached property, having had acoustic drums in a previous life, they are still very invasive to the surrounding properties...
So I'll steer clear of the surge cymbals (even though they look more impressive).
Thanks again
Martin
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