Roland TD-30kv kit vs. Roland TD-30 with Pintech mesh pads


Senior Member
Hi All,

I've been playing drums since the early 1970s and have owned (and still own) a lot of quality gear along the way. I use both ekits and acoustic kits for gigging and practice. I now own a Roland TD-8 module with Pintech mesh pads: a 12" snare, two 10" tom pads, a 12" tom pad, a 12" kick and a mix of Roland and Simmons rubber pads with a Roland FD-7 for cymbals. All are single zone except the snare which is dual zone. For rehearsals with one of my bands I use a standard Roland TD-8 mesh head kit (owned by the bass player) with rubber pads for the cymbals and FD-7 for HH controller. I use the Roland/Pintech kit every day for practice I am now ready for a significant upgrade.

My questions: If I just upgrade the module to the TD-30 and keep my existing pads will there be a major upgrade in performance (sound, responsiveness, dynamics, etc.) compared to the TD-8? I guess another way of asking the same question is: are my existing pads good enough and/or compatible enough with the TD-30 to bring out high quality response? How comparable are my existing Pintech pads to the Roland pads that come with the TD-30k or the v pads that come with the TD-30kv? I also have the same questions about the cymbal pads and FD-7. In addition, I have a Yamaha HH-80 foot controller that I don't use.

I searched the net and the forum but did not find much info to help. The only thread that I found which partially addresses my questions is: td-30 pintech Any further thoughts would be very much appreciated.



P.S. No Ekit bashing please.


Gold Member
No ekit bashing ...

Yes. However, having spent all that money wouldn't you be tempted to get the full kit? I know I would. I've played both the 30 K and KV and they are a new generation of ekits. The KV is a whole new world and I'd love to own the set.