£450 Budget - Used Yamaha or New Alesis?

MBP13

New member
Hello All,

I'm looking at getting an e-kit and have seen a few things i'm interested in with a budget of about £450 absolute max. I am happy to buy used and the main uses will be practicing, home recording and getting ready to one day move on to an acoustic kit when my living situation allows.

Things I'd like but not set on:
  • 3 symbols, 3 toms
  • Proper hi-hat stand
  • A mesh or silicone head on snare and maybe bass drum
  • Fold up flat
  • On the quieter side if possible
  • Recording with Pro Tools
  • Multi-zone on as many drums/cymbals as possible
  • Double bass pedal compatible essential, included with kit optional
  • Reasonably customisable in terms of placement so I can find what works best
Some kits I think might be good are:
- Yamaha DTXpress IV Special: Selling about £300-450 on Ebay but very old. Is the age an issue? Does it hold up well or should I look at a comparable kit that's newer by Yamaha or Alesis?
- Yamaha DTX532K: Looks like it has exactly what I need but will need to get a good deal for it to fall in my price range.
- Alesis kits: Seem to have a lot of positives such as affordable mesh kits but often missing a few of my criteria above.

I am aware the Roland's should sound best (perhaps except the Yamaha's cymbals) but I think to get a Roland in my price range I will have to compromise on a lot of the things in the list above (particularly the hi-hat stand). After doing some research it seems that if I am ruling out Roland, I am basically left with Yamaha or Alesis as my best options. I have heard a DTXpress IV and am happy with the sound it has so anything from there or up is fine. Therefore I don't think I need to go Roland unless I can get a really great deal.

I know I can probably get a good deal on something if I'm patient but I'd like to get one soonish, so I don't want to wait and hope on something much better coming up exceptionally cheap.

Are there any things I should ask/check for when buying used? Are there other kits I should look for that are usually the same sort of price? I'm hoping for something with a base kit that covers most of my desirable things as I don't have a lot of time to research all the individual pieces to look at customising the kit or buying a customised used kit (and this may cost more).

Thanks in advance for any advice!
 

electrodrummer

Senior Member
[opinions as requested]

"Roland's should sound best " - nope. Can sound very processed and fake (uses modelling). Prob why most Roland users (including £5,000+ TD50 people) seem to end up using £200 software instruments ;) (Roland is the "Apple" of ekits)

Used Yamaha. DTXPress - age is not an issue - got some still 100% decades old Yammy stuff in my collection (which includes Roland and Alesis - no axe to grind)
DTX522K if you can't afford the 532K - "Proper hi-hat stand"s are anachronistic and unnecessary. You can always add pads (up to 12 in total) as budget becomes available. Also - as it's an ekit - you don't "need" an old-school double pedal - you can use two pads and two single pedals if you like. Many options.
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MBP13

New member
Thanks to both of you for taking time to reply. It's been very informative to have opinions on each side of things. I'm going to keep playing close attention to what comes up for the timebeing in case of any really amazing deals but I think I'm going to try and save a little more so I can cover all bases without having to take any chances on anything.
 

electrodrummer

Senior Member
Thanks to both of you for taking time to reply. It's been very informative to have opinions on each side of things. I'm going to keep playing close attention to what comes up for the timebeing in case of any really amazing deals but I think I'm going to try and save a little more so I can cover all bases without having to take any chances on anything.
Cool - so what's the issue with the £399 one I listed, of interest?
 
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