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Which set Y. DTXplorer, DTXpress II or R. TD3

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  • Which set Y. DTXplorer, DTXpress II or R. TD3

    Hi guys,

    Im gonna buy a used e.kit and im gonna make a choice out of these sets.

    Yamaha DTXplorer $567
    Yamaha DTXpress II $693
    Roland TD-3 $755

    I'm just a beginner so i don't want to go for a new set. Which set do you recommend? And can you tell me why?

    Thanks in advance
    Alesis Trigger I/O + TD-3 + TMC-6, 2x PD-120, VH-11, 2x Pd-85r, 1x Pd- 80, 1x Pd-8, 2x CY-8, 1x Cy-12r, 1x CY-5, KD-8

    Addictive Drums, Complete EZdrummer Series, Superior Drummer 2.0 + NY Legacy Expansion, Steven Slate Drums 3.0, BFD2

  • #2
    Biases here will run toward the TD3, and I would recommend that one. Here's why:

    The TD-3 has better sounds, and the hardware is better-built. You will be have a more seamless upgrade path with the Roland kit, and better resale value as well.

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    • #3
      How would this chanage if the user was triggering EZD?

      On paper, the DTXplorer looks inviting over the other two but that's purely on paper.
      TD-12, DTX502, SD1000, EZDrummer, Diamond Drum 12" snare, S1000 toms/cymbals/kick, PCY10/100/135/155, CY-5/14, Hart Ride, Hart Acupad 8" kick, Epedal Pro II, Concept 1 pads/cymbals, SD1000 & Roland V Sessions racks, PD-7, Kit Toy 10" splash, DMPad ride, SamplePad, PerformancePad Pro

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      • #4
        Having a mesh snare can be a big influencing factor. Does the TD-3 you are looking at come with a mesh pad? I would got with a TD-3 just for that.
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        • #5
          Michael: Yes it comes with a mesh pad.
          Grog: Does the DTXplorer look better on paper than the DTXpress II?
          I thought that the DTXpress was better than Xplorer.....
          Alesis Trigger I/O + TD-3 + TMC-6, 2x PD-120, VH-11, 2x Pd-85r, 1x Pd- 80, 1x Pd-8, 2x CY-8, 1x Cy-12r, 1x CY-5, KD-8

          Addictive Drums, Complete EZdrummer Series, Superior Drummer 2.0 + NY Legacy Expansion, Steven Slate Drums 3.0, BFD2

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          • #6
            My opinion has been expressed in my reply to your PM. But I will repeat it here.
            TD3 for reasons stated by others, sounds, upgradeability, build quality, but also it has some excellent training programs built in.

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            • #7
              I could be wrong about them. I did a quick search and the Xplorer is newer and touted as having combined features of blah blah blah.

              Again, I have very little experience with these modules.
              TD-12, DTX502, SD1000, EZDrummer, Diamond Drum 12" snare, S1000 toms/cymbals/kick, PCY10/100/135/155, CY-5/14, Hart Ride, Hart Acupad 8" kick, Epedal Pro II, Concept 1 pads/cymbals, SD1000 & Roland V Sessions racks, PD-7, Kit Toy 10" splash, DMPad ride, SamplePad, PerformancePad Pro

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              • #8
                Chappie,

                I'm working on a semi-DIY kit currently and have spent under $700 (admittedly, I had some of the pieces already). I am taking an acoustic kit and converting it, by replacing the heads with mesh and using the ddrum acoustic triggers. Here's my breakdown (including shipping & tax):

                Module: TD-6 on eBay for $375
                Acoustic Kit: free - I have one already, but I'll bet you can get a bargain 5-piece for ~$200
                Snare Mesh Head: $10
                (3) Mesh Tom Heads: $25
                Mesh Kick: $20
                Kick Pedal: free - maybe $50 or so if you need one, or hopefully included in kit
                (5) pack of ddrum Red Shot acoustic triggers: $110
                Hi-Hat: DY-8 $80 on eBay
                Hi-Hat Controller: $60 on musiciansnearyou.com - variable threshold =D
                Hi-Hat Stand: free - maybe $30-40 if you don't have one?
                Ride: free - maybe $10 for one of those practice rubber cymbals
                Crash: free - maybe $10 for one of those practice rubber cymbals
                Mouse pads & piezo's for DIY cymbals: $5
                Cymbal stands: free - maybe $40 or so used
                1/4" Cables: $30

                By my count, that's around $1000 for everything - for a far superior kit to the TD-3. Now, if you have any of the pieces, you can get much lower. I'll make a full post when I'm done.

                Picking a module: It comes down to features and sound quality. Which of these features do you want?
                -dual-zone snare
                -dual-zone cymbals
                -dual-zone toms
                -variable threshold hi-hat controller

                Listen to some youtube videos of each of the modules.

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