I looked on Ebay for some Sensitones but didn't know if it'd be a good buy. Should I get a regular one or an Elite? What is the difference between the two? (outside of more material choices for the Elite's)Just pick up a Ludwig Acrolite used and save the rest of the cash.You can get that honkin' deep sound out of it,or that Steve Jordan pitched up pop.(yes he uses one quite often and did so playing the Crossroads Festival).Just ask him.
Or you may be able to score a used Ludwig Supra,a Pearl Sensitone,A Tama King beat or Powertone.All used and can be had usually around 200.And the're all very versitile drums.
I have to agree with this. When you're 17, you're just in that process of figuring out what you like. Unfortunately, the only way to figure that out is to buy stuff and play it. I'm 46 now, and I've gone through at least 20 different sets and an un-counted amount of snares and cymbals to end up with what I like today. Tomorrow could be a different thing, but the good news is, I can theorize about what a drum might sound like because I've played so many of them.You sound like a cat in a room full of mice....decisions ,decisions.Thats why a clutch of pidgeons when startled, fly in four different directions...to confuse raptors.Its about making a decision.Just pick one.You're overthinking now.Acrylic?What about carbon fiber?Granite?Cast Bronze?Steam bent,or stave?You can go to just about any drum forum,say Ludwig Acrolite,and I swear the overwhelming majority will give you a thumbs up.The're a great sounding drum,and pro all the way.You buy the drum,and even if you don't like it,you can sell it for what you paid for it,the next day.Around 125-150 sometimes even cheaper.
The sensitone and sensitone elite are basicly the same drum,different choices,different badge.Everything else is the same.
You can't get a better deal than that anywhere.