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I've recently bought a cheap electric drumkit and am really enjoying playing! However, the cheapness of the kit is noticeable in almost every area, the feel, the sound, the pads, etc. 

I'm strongly debating a serious upgrade, I'd be looking at spending up to £1000 on something second hand, most likely something Roland. 

Does anyone have any experience with higher end electric drumkit? Any things I should look out for or particular models that are better than others?

Any advice would be very welcome! :)

Russ.

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Upgrade your snare to one with a mesh head - arguably that’s the one you’ll be using most often, than think about your kick.

a better quality sound module will help too, but I think the feel of the snare is the most important thing.

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Just now, paul_5 said:

Upgrade your snare to one with a mesh head - arguably that’s the one you’ll be using most often, than think about your kick.

a better quality sound module will help too, but I think the feel of the snare is the most important thing.

I'm looking at buying a full and complete kit, likely pre-owned to get the best bang for buck, rather than upgrade bits and pieces, so at my price point (circa £1000) I'm almost certain that would be mesh heads all round! I'm definitely only interested in a mesh head set up for sure. :)

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Just now, paul_5 said:

Upgrade your snare to one with a mesh head - arguably that’s the one you’ll be using most often, than think about your kick.

a better quality sound module will help too, but I think the feel of the snare is the most important thing.

Sound module is critical for sure. Snare perhaps depends on genre, for jazz I found with even a top end kit the cymbals were more the problem 

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I'm currently trawling through the ads to see whats what! I think I've found one that appears to represent the best bang for buck, but there's a lot of similarly named variations under the Roland umbrella, so really need to truely understand whats the right set up for me before laying down a small fortune.

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When I bought mine I spent a lot of time on drummist sites reading reviews and opinions, I was blown away by it when it arrived, sounded way better than I expected, felt like a real kit, and was so easy to record. Only thing I didn't like was the frame, still prefer traditional stands 

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I'm a drummer, a real one 😱 The ONLY electric kit I've ever had that didn't BEND under normal use is a Roland TD-30KV

Anything that doesn't have a real rack and real stands is a bit of a challenge I'd say. Same as with a bass probably, get the best you can in your budget to avoid disappointment.

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The problem with e-drums us that you start to resent the limitations of a kit very quickly, and the bit by bit improvements that can result end up way more costly than buying a great kit first time. You my not need a TD30, but if you do, not buying one is a false economy 

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2 minutes ago, caitlin said:

Get an acoustic kit, you get a lot more for your money :D

All the stuff on ebay is local pickup :/ the VOLUME of boxes that a TD30-KV comes in is quite something.

True on both counts, I sold my TD30 because there is nothing better than real drums. 
 

And yes, the box count is ridiculous 

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Don't get me wrong, an acoustic kit is definitely the way forward, but it just isn't viable for so many reasons... predominantly because I live in a terrace house and my neighbours would literally have me killed if I started bludgeoning their ears with the smashery of acoustic drums! 

@Bankai - that Millennium kits looks interesting... I'll have a good solid look at that, thanks! 

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I got my TD30 because I couldn't afford the TD50 :P

I spent a year trying to work out how to build a sound proof studio either in my house or in my garden and after accepting that it was either impossibly expensive or would ultimately make my house collapse, or would spring a leak behind 4 layers of green glued sheet rock if built outside.

Given that the TD30 was 1/10 of the cost of TRYING to play my real kit on a shoestring it seemed a no brainer, as Beedster says there's no substitute for real drums, but I have not regretted getting the roland kit for a MOMENT. Of course it's my 'main' instrument so that possibly changes my investment in it.

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Just now, binky_bass said:

Don't get me wrong, an acoustic kit is definitely the way forward, but it just isn't viable for so many reasons... predominantly because I live in a terrace house and my neighbours would literally have me killed if I started bludgeoning their ears with the smashery of acoustic drums! 

@Bankai - that Millennium kits looks interesting... I'll have a good solid look at that, thanks! 

 

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1 minute ago, binky_bass said:

Bit old, not sure I'd be BOUNCING for less than a TD20 brain. no hihat, just a bouncy rubber pad.

what's your timescale, I'm a skinflint so i stick a saved search in ebay and steal the good one that eventually turns up that's in price :P

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9 minutes ago, caitlin said:

I spent a year trying to work out how to build a sound proof studio either in my house or in my garden and after accepting that it was either impossibly expensive or would ultimately make my house collapse, or would spring a leak behind 4 layers of green glued sheet rock if built outside.

I had the same decision, but decided to go the other way. But if I had to have an electric kit, it’d be a Roland and the 30 or higher depending on budget at the time.

 

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If anyone was wondering, it's not that the drums are small, it's that the cymbals are big. 

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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Millenium-MPS-850-Electronic-E-Drum-Kit-/293947807710?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49292

Think I'll keep an eye on this... 

They have got some excellent reviews, might be a good way in for less money, I can also shift it on an upgrade later. I am just starting my drumming journey after all! Just about able to play most of the Make Believe album by Weezer at the moment...

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