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  • TD-12 pads a little too small

    I've been playing A drums for 30+ years and recently bought a td-12 , but my only problem is that the pads are too small, especially the 10" snare. So what I decided to do is get a pd125 for my snare move the pd105 to the floor tom and and move the pd-85 up to the top and guess what ...it almost feels like I'm playing my acoustic kit. I just wasn't getting the right feel out of the 10" snare the sweet spot was just too small. I'm still getting used to the smaller toms but my accuracy is improving and I'm sure over time everything will work out. Check out the pics (the black on the kick is a little gaffers tape to save the felt beaters)
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    That is my mine disappointment about the TD-9 kit. The 8-inch pads make a tight target for the average punter. But no doubt, if that's where you're starting, you probably get used to it. But I agree about the need for a 12" snare.
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    • #3
      Pretty much what I did with my TD-6SXT kit. Except I haven't added the 4th tom yet. But man what a difference the bigger snare makes!

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      • #4
        I'm kind of anticipating the small pads on the TD-9 because I think it will force me to sharpen my technique. When I order it I'm thinking about also ordering an additional PD105 to use as the floor tom. That was the only pad that bothered me when I tried it out in the store.

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        • #5
          I completely agree that the 10" snare is too small. I so much more prefer a 12" snare.

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          • #6
            Good move on the PD-125. Since the snare is the one that gets most hits, bigger is definitely better. That's why I got the Hart Pro snare - 13".
            Hawk snare, toms, and bass; Hart ECII crashes & ride; VH-10 Hihat; Iron Cobra double-bass.
            "I never play the same thing twice...sometimes because I simply can't remember it." - John Paul Jones

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            • #7
              I can understand upgrading the size for a snare, but I have had no trouble adjusting to the 8" toms. Consider the how small the "power dots" that are on many acoustic drum heads...and if you look at the area of stick marks that are on your acoustic toms, I'll bet they all fall well within an 8" circle. That is, unless you play like Animal from the Muppets.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Colquhoun View Post
                I can understand upgrading the size for a snare, but I have had no trouble adjusting to the 8" toms. Consider the how small the "power dots" that are on many acoustic drum heads...and if you look at the area of stick marks that are on your acoustic toms, I'll bet they all fall well within an 8" circle. That is, unless you play like Animal from the Muppets.
                Agreed...I've been playing for 20 years and found it was an easy adjustment to the smaller surfaces on the toms, evan on the fast tom passes...that said after 20 years I should be able to pretty accurate! I did also change the snare to the 12" pad, but have yet to add on another tom.

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