Difference Between Roland TD-17KVX & TD-27KV ??


I spend most of my practice time on my electric drum kit so that I don't disturb my neighbors (especially at 3:am) but the hard rubber on the toms & kick is taking a painful toll on my body. I am thinking about upgrading to a new & better kit. I was checking out the new Roland TD-27KV but when I compared it to the Roland TD-17KVX, besides the larger snare drum & ride cymbal, I can't see any other difference. There is a huge price difference, so what am I not seeing?

Is the TD-27 KV worth the big difference in price?
Besides the full size snare & larger ride cymbal, what is the difference between the Roland TD-17 KVX and TD-27 KV ???

Thanks for the help.


Senior Member
Too early to tell, apart from wading thru the marking BS. Think the 27 may have a sound card in it. Other thing I did note was MIDI IN ! Still got evil cable snakes ;) (this triggers cable-snake owners ;) )

So, prob best to download the manuals, and have a peruse.

ps. if you have an issue with "hard rubber", then look at the sticks you're using. You should be looking at maple. Maple flexes and soaks up vibes. (and maybe a thinnner stick)
flex: Maple > Hickory > Oak
Been hitting rubber for over 30 years with no issues :)

pps. Try Yamaha's silicone pads as well as trying various mesh pads.


Junior Member
There are at least several videos online showcasing features of the new TD-27KV. The module uses the same modeling engine as the TD-50. Snare drum is essentially full-size at 14" x 4.3" and is digital with eight sensors. The new ride is 18" and is also digital. The listing on Sweetwater's website gives a fair amount of detail. With a minimal of effort you can compare it with the TD-17 all from the same site.

Fritz Frigursson

Senior Member
TD27KV has better ride, better snare, better toms, better rack, better module and better hardware (cymbal boom arms with ball joints). 100% better buy.