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    Stumbled on some interesting videos of old state of the art Simmons kits. I swear this must still be what most people think of when you mention electronic drums.

    http://www.photogrammer.com/sdx/sdx_videos.html

    Makes me wonder how the rest of Yes put up with Bill through this phase

  • #2
    Great videos...I'm a fan of Yes for 30+ years. Thanks Man
    chris :D

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    • #3
      Ah yeah... the vintage Simmons kits. Genesis brought them along for the Invisible Touch album, and even We Can't Dance. I remember the first couple incarnations not even having rubber playing surfaces, but hard plastic. Absolutely horrible to play on for any extended periods of time... extremely limited dynamics, and a grossly electronic sound Nevermind the fortune that they cost - making the TD-20 kit look cheap by comparison.

      HOWEVER... they were also the prioneer. Without them - we would not be where we are today.

      Heheh... anyone remember this little gadget? I had one...

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      • #4
        Almost forgot about this too - would plug into cheap casio keyboards...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by srobak View Post
          Ah yeah... the vintage Simmons kits.... I remember the first couple incarnations not even having rubber playing surfaces, but hard plastic. Absolutely horrible to play on for any extended periods of time... extremely limited dynamics, and a grossly electronic sound
          The plastic version was my first ekit, some 12 years ago, it was cheap, but still, it was truly awful. Still, it did mean I could play without hassle from the neighbours. I dont think my wrists ever truly recovered hahahaaaaa
          Cheers
          Paul

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          • #6
            Originally posted by srobak View Post
            Heheh... anyone remember this little gadget? I had one...

            My wife bought one of those for $1.00 a few years back...
            chris :D

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            • #7
              I love old SDX videos. At one time or another I owned nearly every electronic drums in the early days. I have had some Simmons pads but never a complete set with brain and all. The early Pearl electronics lasted me about 3 months and the same with the Tama's.

              Here is a picture of the best of my early kits, put together by my current bandleader who insisted I use electronics back in 1989. It was 2 Roland PD31 (4 trigger triangle shaped pads), 3 DIY 10" tom pads and a "tombstone" DIY bass drum. All of it was powered by an Alesis HR16 drum machine through a Casio DZ-1 midi translater.

              One Roland was the snare/rimshot/cowbell and the other was the ride/lg crash/sm crash & tamborine. The HH was an acoutic on a cable extension (built from scratch by Jeff because of a shoulder injury.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by drumslinger50 View Post
                I love old SDX videos. At one time or another I owned nearly every electronic drums in the early days. I have had some Simmons pads but never a complete set with brain and all. The early Pearl electronics lasted me about 3 months and the same with the Tama's.

                Here is a picture of the best of my early kits, put together by my current bandleader who insisted I use electronics back in 1989. It was 2 Roland PD31 (4 trigger triangle shaped pads), 3 DIY 10" tom pads and a "tombstone" DIY bass drum. All of it was powered by an Alesis HR16 drum machine through a Casio DZ-1 midi translater.

                One Roland was the snare/rimshot/cowbell and the other was the ride/lg crash/sm crash & tamborine. The HH was an acoutic on a cable extension (built from scratch by Jeff because of a shoulder injury.
                talk about pioneers, that hi-hat design should win some kind of award.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by srobak View Post
                  Heheh... anyone remember this little gadget? I had one...

                  Hey, it's the ol' Synsonics pad! I had one, too. Back in junior high/high school, I added one to my first a-kit. It sat to the left and below my hi-hat. I guess that would have been my first experiment with electronic percussion.

                  Did you have the foot pedals that went with it? It was a single unit with two small spring-loaded buttons. One button would open and close the hat. The other was for the kick. Pretty fancy, eh?
                  >>>See my E-kit here<<<

                  >>>See my A-kit here<<<

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                  • #10
                    Wonder how much a SDX # 118 system went for brand new? And when was new?
                    TD-6v, (3x)CY-8, (4x)PD-8's (2x)PD-6's (1x)PD-80R (1)KD-8 http://www.cstoliker.com/Drums/

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                    • #11
                      According to Modern Drummer's review in 1988... the basic 10 piece system was as follows:

                      Standard console
                      2MB RAM
                      Bass pad
                      Snare pad
                      4x Tom pads
                      Hi-hat system
                      3x Cymbal pads
                      Cabling

                      MSRP $9990

                      Console stand is $400
                      Drum rack is $635
                      2MB RAM expansion is $900 (can add 6 for a total of 8)

                      20MB Hard Drive $1750 (yes, that is MEGA Bytes, not Giga. )

                      Small fortune.


                      http://www.jymdingler.com/extras/SimmonsSDXReview.pdf

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                      • #12
                        haha, and danny carey used the sdx up until relatively recently!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by srobak View Post
                          According to Modern Drummer's review in 1988... the basic 10 piece system was as follows:

                          Standard console
                          2MB RAM
                          Bass pad
                          Snare pad
                          4x Tom pads
                          Hi-hat system
                          3x Cymbal pads
                          Cabling

                          MSRP $9990

                          Console stand is $400
                          Drum rack is $635
                          2MB RAM expansion is $900 (can add 6 for a total of 8)

                          20MB Hard Drive $1750 (yes, that is MEGA Bytes, not Giga. )

                          Small fortune.


                          http://www.jymdingler.com/extras/SimmonsSDXReview.pdf
                          This reminds me of the Macintosh IIfx, from 1990.
                          40 mhz chip, and 4 mb of ram. Yes, I typed that correctly.
                          Dubbed "wicked" fast...and at the time, it was.

                          Price? $9,900.

                          And people complain about how expensive Macs and Roland Vdrums are NOW!

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