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Should I upgrade from kd-8 to mesh kd-85?

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  • Should I upgrade from kd-8 to mesh kd-85?

    I have been offered a really good deal on a kd-85, $200 used only once by a friend of a friend. But I'm not sure if I need it.

    I play death/black metal style, really fast double bass kick. I know the mesh heads have a bit of rebound to them, and I can't decide if that would be good or bad for really fast technical double bass playing. I can imagine the rebound being very helpful and increasing my speed, I can also imagine it screwing me up.

    Any opinions? I need to decide in the next couple days whether I want to buy it or not.

  • #2
    There has been a lot of discussion on the relative merits of mesh vs. rubber kick drums. It boils down to preference. I prefer the KD-8 because it feels like an acoustic drum with a pillow in it. Others like the bounce of mesh and wouldn't use anything else. Not much help, I know. If you have a local music store, you might want to see if they have any floor models to try. You could also just buy it and try it. If you don't like it, I am sure you could easily sell it here for $200.
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    • #3
      Good point, at $200 I really have nothing to lose. I've never even played acoustic so I'm not worried about realism or anything... strictly performance.

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      • #4
        Thought I'd give an update, the KD-85 completely blows away the KD-8. Yes there is retriggering, but all I had to do was set the retrig cancel function and now I can play blazingly fast with little effort. I don't find that accuracy was sacrificed at all. When I first switched to the 85 I was playing TOO fast, I had to adjust to it because I was used to putting a lot more effort into my kicks with the KD-8. Anyway I would definitely recommend it to anyone considering the upgrade to mesh.

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        • #5
          what's the opposite word for upgrade?

          that's what i did when i got the kd-85,i didn't like it and wanted back my kd-8.If i had to chose between a kd-8 and a kd-105 i would still prefer the kd-8.It's just a matter of taste.The mesh kicks look better but i didin't like the feeling.
          Ex E-kits:
          ''Lernean Hydra'' ( a bounche of roland pads with a td-6 module)
          ''Lucy'' (Diamond electronic drums with a td-12 module)
          current E-kit
          ''Cherry Gretschy Lady'' (Gretsch Catalina Ash 6 piece A to E kit-Roland td20 module-A to E cymbals)

          A-kit
          " Mrs.Catalina'' (Gretsch Catalina maple 6 piece kit-Paiste signature+Masterwork custom made cymbals)

          check out a few videos http://www.youtube.com/user/hampisdrums

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          • #7
            I went from mesh to the KD8 because I hated the retrig, however I'm seriously thinking of getting the Yamaha KP 125 now, not mesh but rubber with more rebound than the KD8, but less than mesh.

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            • #8
              And what about loudness? Is the mesh one really that silent comparing to rubber?

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              • #9
                Originally posted by szantykaw View Post
                And what about loudness? Is the mesh one really that silent comparing to rubber?
                No real difference, just a different sound.

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                • #10
                  It's a conundrum for sure, the KD-85 looks good but the KD-8 did feel better, the 85 design means it doesn't move away and around very much, the 8 has a mind of its own as was terrible on carpet going with the nit.
                  Nothing of importance here

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by KevH View Post
                    I went from mesh to the KD8 because I hated the retrig, however I'm seriously thinking of getting the Yamaha KP 125 now, not mesh but rubber with more rebound than the KD8, but less than mesh.
                    hey i want one of those too
                    Ex E-kits:
                    ''Lernean Hydra'' ( a bounche of roland pads with a td-6 module)
                    ''Lucy'' (Diamond electronic drums with a td-12 module)
                    current E-kit
                    ''Cherry Gretschy Lady'' (Gretsch Catalina Ash 6 piece A to E kit-Roland td20 module-A to E cymbals)

                    A-kit
                    " Mrs.Catalina'' (Gretsch Catalina maple 6 piece kit-Paiste signature+Masterwork custom made cymbals)

                    check out a few videos http://www.youtube.com/user/hampisdrums

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                    • #12
                      I changed my KD-8 into a KD-85 and it's much better.
                      It feels great and after adjusting the module it works great and isn't as loud as the KD-8 was.

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                      • #13
                        I agree with The Squonk -- I thought the KD-85 was a nice upgrade over the KD-8. On the other hand (foot?), I'm not a great drummer and my kick work is perhaps particularly un-amazing, so bear that in mind!

                        Anyway, I simply do like it better. The KD-8 always kinda bothered me, noise, feel and stand-wise. Before I got my KD-85, I'd actually switched back [from the KD-8] to my old Hart inverted beater kick pad [from my first edrum kit]. But my friend (who is a much better drummer than me) seems to like his KD-8 just fine, so there ya go. [But then again, he has all rubber pads and doesn't seem bothered by that either, so there ya go again -- it can come down to personal needs and tastes rather than absolutes)

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                        • #14
                          I want to add that I never had have an acoustic drum set, but I do play one every week in my drum lessons (A Yamaha Custom Beech-Set).
                          The music I play doesn't have much doublebass-parts.

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