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Old 11-09-2012, 03:15 PM
langywangy langywangy is offline
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Default Roland TD-15K v TD-11KV

Hi,

I am looking to buy an electric kit after years of resisting! I had an old Yamaha DTexplorer for a while a number of years ago but this just seemed to be so far from my acoustic kit in feel that my technique began to suffer.

The new Roland mid range is a little confusing as, from what I can tell, the 15 is the superior module over the 11 and the 'KV' is the superior pad setup over the 'V'.

This leads to an overlap point where the 11KV if actually more expensive than the 15K. But which to buy. I have been playing for 18 years (although I'm only 25) and am in regularly gigging bands. i need to be able to record and also gig with the kit for small venues but my budget Isn't huge. I cannot really afford to stretch to the 15KV although this is the obvious choice for people who cannot remortgage for the TD-30! The kits needs to sounds and feel as realistic as possible as the main priority and I am less bothered about the number of kits and editing capability.

Your advice would be appreciated.

Thanks

Aaron
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Old 11-09-2012, 11:40 PM
kurth83 kurth83 is offline
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Default Re: Roland TD-15K v TD-11KV

If you can't play one in a store, the next best thing is GC's no questions asked 30 day return policy.
I have had GC salespeople recommend this as a way to try
out an instrument. Good even for special orders.

Editing sounds is much more important than you might think.
You take tuning toms, bass, and using your preferred cymbals and heads for granted
on an a-kit. When you get to an e-kit the editing amounts to the same thing.
Most guys report some time to get everything dialed in.
Both the 11 and 15 have decent editing options.

If you want stage volume, you'll need an onstage
drum monitor too (with a nice sub if you want the kick to feel right).

Mesh heads are an acquired taste, bouncier (tightening the head reduces this),
hot spots, take some time to get used to the kit.

The www.vdrums.com site has more info.

For the K vs the KV, mesh heads are expensive, you should be able to play on
rubber vs mesh heads in any GC, enough to be able to tell if you like
rubber toms or not.
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