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#1 Joeyfivebags

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 10:43 AM

My nephew is interested in learning drums but obviously mum and dad aren't too keen on the noise associated, but very happy for him to learn (his sister is learning guitar). Therefore i am after some recommendations for beginner electronic kits budget likely to be around £300 and i think they would be open to buying second hand.

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 11:09 AM

I would recommend a used Roland TD kit off eBay or Gumtree.

We picked up a TD6 for my son and it cost just £130, so we added a mesh snare, decent hi hat and an amp for less than an entry level unit would cost new. You just have to bide your time and be willing to collect.

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 11:39 AM

or Roland HD-3. Mesh snare makes a big difference.
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Posted 10 May 2017 - 11:52 AM

I'm in the process of doing an acoustic to electric conversion on a well used Stagg fusion drum kit at the minute for my home-based silent rehearsal project. So far I'm just over 200 quid (used TD6V module off the bay, DIY drum triggers, second hand Stagg kit and Alesis cymbals off gumtree), but it takes some DIY and experimentation, and I'll probably break the 300 quid mark by the time I'm finished (need pretty much all hardware replaced since the stagg stuff is AWFUL). Just putting it out there as a possible option.

My thinking was it would feel more like a real drum kit. The drummer in my previous band bought a TD3 and gigged it for a while (which was great - nice quiet stage!) but lost interest in it as the feel wasn't right.
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Posted 10 May 2017 - 01:41 PM

Bear in mind that electronic kits are only quiet in relation to the noise that an acoustic kit makes.

I've played in bands with a variety of electronic drum kits over the years and have yet to find one where the noise of the sticks hitting the pads don't mask the drum sounds at anything less than very loud hifi volumes. Also you will probably have to find a way isolating the bass drum pedal from the floor, especially if you intend to use in any room that has another one beneath it.

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 02:55 PM

IMO an electric kit is not the best way of learning drums. Play one after you've learnt but not to learn on.

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Posted 15 May 2017 - 02:43 PM

You should be able to get a decent used Yamaha kit for that price too, more or less on a par with Roland. If you really want to bring an electronic kit to life, get a decent USB computer sound interface, connect the kit via midi and listen on headphones using drum sample software, eg. EZDrummer, Superior Drummer or BFD.
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