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use PD120 with TD5

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  • use PD120 with TD5

    newbie here.
    I bought a close-out deal on a Roland Trap Kit (with TD5 module) and I really like the feel of the PD120. I'm not looking for anything but basic sounds so I can use this kit for practice. Will I have much problem using a PD120 with the TD5?
    Many Thanks!
    Rudy

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    It should work as Roland had a photo in an older catalog showing it as an upgrade.

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      The PD-120 will "kind of" work with the TD-5 brain. I have both.
      Roland's web site shows the PD-120 as a compatible add-on for the TD-5. Don't believe it.
      After not being able to get the rim trigger to work, I called Roland technical support (they never accept responsibility for poor product design or documention, by the way; very arrogant people to deal with).
      Tech Support said that the TD-5 is unable to sense the rim trigger. While they could not exactly explain why (imagine that from Tech Support!), other posts indicate that this has to do with the PD-120 having dual piezo trigger elements, while the TD-5, et al were designed to use a single piezo/switch combination.
      Even the TD-8 or TD-10 cannot sense the rim piezo in the PD-120 except in the "snare" input.
      The long and short of it is that I really like the PD-120 with the TD-5, because of the feel; but I already had a PD-120 from my V-Pro set.
      I might suggest as an alternative, the Pintech Concertcast with the (woven) Silentech heads (around $100). You should get a similar feel to the PD-120, without the hefty $300 price tag.

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