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  • TD-9kx OR TD-12?

    Hey guys,

    i have a roland td-3 kit at the moment but im so unsure about what to do. I have been looking at the new td-9kx which has all mesh toms but the problem with it is that the leads of the toms all go into 1 unit which means you can not change the bass drum or ulter the toms around! So that makes me look at the TD-12 which is like 800 more and is an all around better kit.

    Im so confused its not like i have money to throw around as im going to uni next year but i would like to upgrade my kit. Anyone feel like solving my problem?

  • #2
    Welcome to the forum. I think you may have got the wrong idea somewhere. Just because the cable is fixed at one end, it doesnt mean you can't change things at the other. It still uses standard jack plugs to connect to the pads, so you can do whatever you like.

    Yes, the TD-12 is a better kit, however, its only better for you if you can afford the extra cash. Are you happy with the kit you have already? If so, have you considered upgrading just the module rather than the whole kit?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ige87 View Post
      Welcome to the forum. I think you may have got the wrong idea somewhere. Just because the cable is fixed at one end, it doesnt mean you can't change things at the other. It still uses standard jack plugs to connect to the pads, so you can do whatever you like.

      Yes, the TD-12 is a better kit, however, its only better for you if you can afford the extra cash. Are you happy with the kit you have already? If so, have you considered upgrading just the module rather than the whole kit?
      Well i would like upgreaded mesh toms and a better module really. But say i wanted to upgrade the hi hat or bass drum on the td-9kx is that not possible? Because the TD-9 would be great however i would like to think i can eventualy upgrade the bass drum to the td 12 style one.

      What is actualy the big difference between the td 12 and 9? are the sounds THAT much better on the 12?

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      • #4
        TBH, I havn't had a chance to compare them. The best thing to do is find somewhere that has them both, or two places that have one of each and try them out for yourself.

        Also, you can upgrade anything. The TD-9 will work perfectly well with a VH-11 and a KD-85 (like the TD-12 kit has).

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        • #5
          I have the TD-9 with te KD-120, and all I had to do was change the trigger setting within the module from KD-8 to KD-120. I did have to rearrange the rack, but it fit fine after I switched the crossbar and the snare mount. You will NOT need to edit the rack for the KD-85. Click "photo1" in my sig to see the setup.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Colquhoun View Post
            I have the TD-9 with te KD-120, and all I had to do was change the trigger setting within the module from KD-8 to KD-120. I did have to rearrange the rack, but it fit fine after I switched the crossbar and the snare mount. You will NOT need to edit the rack for the KD-85. Click "photo1" in my sig to see the setup.
            Wow that looks awsum! so how is the TD-9kx wired? Im really confused about it because i saw the scart lead type input that goes in the back. Are the sounds that much different on the td9 compared to the 12? The Td9 is way more in my price range but i would like the VH-11 hi hat and the upgraded mesh bass drum. Ahhhh what do i do? Thanks for all of your comments. Is anyone going to Drummer live 08 in London on the 14th June?

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            • #7
              Some of the sounds are the same, some are an indication of the next generation. However, they are less tweakable than on the 12. The kit is wired in exactly the same way as any other, just one end has all the plugs combined into one.

              I'd love to go to drummer live, but I have lots of other things on around that date.

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              • #8
                Oh thats a shame. At least Roland will be there letting people play on the kits haha for some people thats as close as they will get to buying a td12 or 20!

                The prices really are a joke.

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                • #9
                  Well, if you consider all the R&D that goes into making a module, let alone the initial manufacture and tooling costs, it isnt all that bad. Just about in line with the keyboards etc, and if you also factor in the smaller sales demographic..... Also, look at how much you can wind up paying for a signle acoustic drum or cymbal...... Not that I'd complain of the V's were cheaper of course!

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                  • #10
                    Well yea ok acoustic stuff is expensive but at leat your getting something that actually took time to make. Rather than a bit of rubber or mesh that has been made for 1/10 of the cost Roland sell them for.

                    Half of the time your just paying for the name of something and i think Roland knows that there name is worth the money.

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                    • #11
                      True, but its not like they're the only ones who do so........

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                      • #12
                        that has been made for 1/10 of the cost Roland sell them for.
                        You are not paying for the cost of manufacturing the HW, you are paying for the R&D costs to develop the kit. I think e-drums represent just a fraction of the drums sold today (I have no hard data on this). If more people purchased them, the price would come down.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by vdrummer20 View Post
                          If more people purchased them, the price would come down.
                          I would expect that the only way the price would come down is if Roland is having trouble moving inventory. The way it looks now, if more people bought kits, Roland makes more money.

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                          • #14
                            just saw this thread, I posted a similar thread in the products tab.


                            I'm in the same boat, TD9 or TD12. However, I've never played drums before. I see the 12 is more configurable than the 9, which might make me cancel my preorder on the 9's.

                            I'm still trying to figure what is what. Advatages/disadvantages...

                            Good luck to ya and from what people are saying about these 2 models are: you can't go wrong with either one of them.

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                            • #15
                              Crashing realisation

                              Well i have to weigh up the situation i have Uni comming up soon and i am not sure its woorth me spending that much money on a drum kit

                              Considering i would love to get an acoustic set but have nowhere to play them

                              guess im stuck with my TD-3

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