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What is the best upgrade for my old TD-7?

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  • What is the best upgrade for my old TD-7?

    Hi All! I'm new to this site and I would like to know what is the best upgrade to my TD-7. I love this kit but the sounds are getting a bit old after 8 years. So I recently visited my local drum shop and the sales rep suggested the TD-8 V-Drum brain....Any other suggestions?
    Thanks, John

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    Originally posted by drumstix_61:
    Hi All! I'm new to this site and I would like to know what is the best upgrade to my TD-7. I love this kit but the sounds are getting a bit old after 8 years. So I recently visited my local drum shop and the sales rep suggested the TD-8 V-Drum brain....Any other suggestions?
    Thanks, John
    Welcome aboard John. Your salesman is giving good advice. You could also consider a TD-10 expanded, a TD-6 or a ddrum4 . It depends what you're looking for and what your budget is. What kind of pads do you have? If it's the hard pads, I'm sure the majority of this site would recommend mesh heads to go with that new brain. Since I'm spending your money, I'd recommend selling the entire kit and doing a total upgrade.
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    • #3
      Thanks for the speedy reply Boingo! Yes I do have the hard pads. I don't know what I could get for my TD-7 Kit. I have 6 PD-7 pads and 1 PD-10. Plus the standard HH and Kick triggers. I also have no idea how much the entire upgrade would cost.
      Thanks and keep the suggestions coming.
      John

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      • #4
        Replacing just the pads or just the brain would be considered an upgrade. Replacing the entire kit isn't really an upgrade. It's a replacement.

        For an upgrade, if you like the rubber pads, I'd go with the TD-8. Unless you really need the advanced features of a TD-10, the TD-8 has alot more sounds for about half the price. Nice unit.
        "I'm not a guitarist, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night!"

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        • #5
          Do you want to practice and play along with sequencers? Then the Roland TD-8 or even a TD-6 is the best option.

          For live use and when you want "real" sounds the ddrum is better. But the pads you already have will like a Roland module better.

          The TD-10 is far too expensive and set apart by the TD-8 (half the price, better sequencer, more sounds)
          Robert

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          • #6
            I moved from a TD7 to TD10 exp, with mesh heads over a two year period. I upgraded the brain first, then heads on a individual basis, finally replacing the hard pads with V-cymbals.

            This way I was able to keep the bank manager & my partner happy. The other plus is you always have a kit to play, you can use the TD7 as a back-up device if something major goes wrong at a gig (it hasn't so far) and you build the system that you really want, in the time span that fits to you.

            For me it didnít cost much more being based in the UK, I was able to buy items from German based companies which saved me a fortune (ie didnít pay UK Vat)

            David

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            • #7
              Thanks for your suggestions! Now I have to get the $ to either buy a new set with mesh heads or just get the TD-8 and replace the heads as I get more $.
              I greatly appreaciate your responses.

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