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Importing Yamaha Elec Drums

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  • Importing Yamaha Elec Drums

    Hi, I live in the UK, where we have a weird power supply and different voltage to the rest of Europe and the US. I'm just coming into electronic drumming, and was thinking of getting a Yamaha DTX kit to start of with. I've found a place in America that sells them really cheap, does anyone know what I'll need to run the module on a UK Power Supply? Does the plug actually come out of the back so it can be replaced or will it need rewiring? And will I need a step-down transformer? Any help greatly appreciated.

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    With regards to my post, I have just thought, would it perhaps be a better solution to import everything from the US except the module, and try pick up a cheap one over here? Or would there be no compatibility issues anyway? I am of course assuming here that (besides the speakers) the module is the only part of an E-kit that actually needs a power source.

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    • #3
      Not sure what your budget is, but www.piedog.com have the complete DTXPress for 795 all in and if you shop around the Yamaha dealers you should beat that easily. I was in Chappells at Milton Keynes a couple of weeks ago and I think they have it at 699. You can get a list of approved dealers from www.yamaha-music.co.uk.

      If you import from the states, I believe you have to pay some kind of import duty as well as the original cost of the kit. Someone may know more than me about this.

      Mucking about with the power supply on the brain will invalidate the warranty, so be careful! You could get a transformer to bring the power up to 240v, but it would need to plug into a UK stlye mains socket, and accept US stlye plugs.

      You could save money by buying a brain and a rack, then just adding the minimum amount of pads you need. Expand when you can afford it.

      I've just been through all this, so email me if you want the benefit of my rather traumatic experiences....

      Aik.

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        Oi, where are you in Leeds? I live in Batley, just south of Leeds...


        Schmunk
        TD-8, Pintech pads, Pearl rack, Mackie SRM-450, Behringer 802 mixer and DSP1400 UltraMizer, Electric Sticks.

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        • #5
          [QUOTE]Originally posted by Schmunk:
          [B]Oi, where are you in Leeds? I live in Batley, just south of Leeds...


          Not actually Leeds, more Bradford, but since nobody in the country actually seems to have heard of Bradford despite it being the 8th biggest city in England. Do you know any good drum shops in Leeds with 2nd hand elec gear?

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          • #6
            DTXtreme uses a wall wart, so all you have to do is get a European model wallwart and you're there.
            Drumkat Turbo 4.5, Emulator X3, Superior 2.1, Roland Fantom XR, DTXtreme III, SPD-20 etc.......

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            • #7
              Originally posted by lainchbury:

              Not actually Leeds, more Bradford, but since nobody in the country actually seems to have heard of Bradford despite it being the 8th biggest city in England. Do you know any good drum shops in Leeds with 2nd hand elec gear?
              Errr, second-hand gear, no. I bought my pads from Northern Drum (B'ford) second hand and I got my module and some other stuff brand new. By the way, I'm selling my stuff, going back to Acoustics (practicality issues with playing gigs with other bands and supplying the drums). Looking for about 1200, don't know if that's in your price range...

              Schmunk

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              TD-8, Pintech pads, Pearl rack, PM-3, Behringer 802 mixer and DSP1400 UltraMizer, Electric Sticks.
              TD-8, Pintech pads, Pearl rack, Mackie SRM-450, Behringer 802 mixer and DSP1400 UltraMizer, Electric Sticks.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Schmunk:
                going back to Acoustics (
                Geez, feels like rats leaving a sinking ship.

                (sob) Will we see you around Schmunk? (sniffle)...
                Steve

                'I only ever quote myself - except when I quote someone else' - me

                , plenty of , and , , triggered acoustics, , and a plethora of PA blah blah freakin blah...I mean does anyone care about the specifics of pedals, speakers, processors, hardware or anything that I'm using?? :confused: Hmmm, maybe this is an appropriate place to mention that I tried out a new cymbal stand the other day...

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