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Using Pintech Pads to expand VCustom

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  • Using Pintech Pads to expand VCustom

    I had my new VCustom kit delivered a couple of weeks ago and I've got just one problem with it... not enough cymbal pads. I'm used to having 5 or 6 cymbals on my acoustic kit... I keep hitting the ride cymbal thinking it's a crash coz I'm used to having a crash on that side.

    ...so I need to buy some new pads pretty quick.

    I've seen on musiciansfriend.com that the Pintech Hi-Hat pads are way cheaper than and Roland pad options at just $40. If I bought this, I could free up my PD7 as an extra cymbal pad.

    Also, Pintech cymbal pads start at $30...

    I have 2 questions:

    1) Has anyone used Pintech pads? Are they any good or completely useless?

    2) Are the Hi-Hat and cymbal pads Dual Zone? Do they allow chokes on the cymbals?

    If this is a stupid idea for expanding my kit, let me know... I'm new to the world of VDrums. Any other *cheap* suggestions would be welcome.

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    I have an expanded V-custom set. (Who doesn't expand??? $^) I'm pretty sure the Pintechs are single-trigger, which wastes a separate cymbal sound. My two suggestions for expansion (cymbal) are:

    Yamaha PCY-80S, triangular rubber pad, some flex, dual-trigger. About $70, makes a great ride or hihat.

    Roland CY-6: About $80, mounts to standard cymbal bracket, also dual-trigger. I have 2 of these for my crashes now, and a PCY-80S for my ride.

    A few folks (Gibraltar, ???) make rack-mount cymbal arms for about $25 or maybe less, for the CY-6's or PCY-80S. Or, if you used the supplied cymbal arms for the 6's, then you can just get multiclamps and L-rods for the PD-7's.

    You could add 2 CY-6's as crashes or PCY-80S's as ride/hh, and keep the PD-7's as other cymbal/percussion pads. Just 'Y' Tom 3 into the Kick 1/2 input. This gives you a total of 6 dual-zone cymbals (hh, ride, 4 crashes) along with the snare, 3 toms, and kick, plus you still have the 11/12 input open for 2 dingbats or a BP80 percussion bar!

    FWIW, I tilt my cymbals at an appropriate angle so I can strike the edge or the pad, as I like to max the sounds I have. I keep one PD-7 near-vertical to my right as either a cymbal or a percussion pad.

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      Originally posted by bensnape:

      I have 2 questions:

      1) Has anyone used Pintech pads? Are they any good or completely useless?

      2) Are the Hi-Hat and cymbal pads Dual Zone? Do they allow chokes on the cymbals?

      If this is a stupid idea for expanding my kit, let me know... I'm new to the world of VDrums. Any other *cheap* suggestions would be welcome.

      Check out this link:
      http://www.edrums.com/drumcomponents.htm

      I own a set of pintechs, and love them. Not to say they are the best, but in my opinion, the best for their cost....

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