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  • playing in an apartment and difference in drums

    Hello,

    This is a two part question, the first question being more important because that would essentially determine if I buy the a set of vdrums.

    1) What have people done to minimize the pounding of a bass drum pedal on the floor?

    I live in an apartment and the floors are not the greatest. I worried that the pounding/stomping of the bass drum pedal against the trigger will be "too much" for the other tenants to handle. Any tips/suggestions on creating a nice platform to cut down on the "stomping".

    2) I currently have a yamaha dtxpress that I bought about 6 years ago. It's no the greatest and I don't like it. I want to stop using my acoustic kit when I play out as I'm getting "old" and lazy and hate lugging around and setting up the monster acoustic kit. What should I keep in mind when purchasing a "real" electronic kit to keep it small, light, easy to setup and easy to move?

    thanks for the responses in advance,

    Erin
    (the 32 year young lazy drummer who doesn't want to lug around the acoustic kit anymore)

  • #2
    If you search the forum for this question you will get lots of solutions...

    here is only one thread about it:

    http://www.vdrums.com/forum/showthre...t=tennis+balls

    but do search for phrases like tennis balls, mufflng kick, noise reduction, neighbour/neighbor, etc...
    TD9+6v with Diamond Electronic pads, and cowbell.
    ATH-50m headphones, VEX packs
    not to mention keyboards, guitars, basses, and cats

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    • #3
      Originally posted by saku View Post
      If you search the forum for this question you will get lots of solutions...

      here is only one thread about it:

      http://www.vdrums.com/forum/showthre...t=tennis+balls

      but do search for phrases like tennis balls, mufflng kick, noise reduction, neighbour/neighbor, etc...
      Cool! Thanks, that post gave me some ideas.

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      • #4
        1) I've tried wrapping a felt blanket around the bass drum head. That helps a bit. Search the forum (or google on site:vdrums.com) and you should find something.

        2) Dunno, but I guess the frame will matter if you have a big enough van to take it in one go. All I can tell you is that the older MDS-6SL stands that used to come with TD6V kits like mine are a challenge to move. The weights of the drum triggers tend to cause the poles to rotate, so by the time you get to the destination it can end up looking like it was trying to transform into a robot of something, but couldn't find the instructions...

        I guess by tightening the parts really well and having a second person helping you carry it would reduce the amount that would happen by though.

        All the newer Roland stands look like they have better support though.
        My kit:

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        • #5
          Originally posted by LordLucan View Post
          2) Dunno, but I guess the frame will matter if you have a big enough van to take it in one go.

          ...

          I guess by tightening the parts really well and having a second person helping you carry it would reduce the amount that would happen by though.
          I have to tear everything down to the bare minimum. I drive a mini cooper- space is at a premium. It's not like my saturn where i didn't have to worry as much.

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          • #6
            I will be moving into an apartment very soon, so the same question has been on my mind. I know about the tennis ball platform already, but I was also considering other options. Has anybody any experience with the interconnecting "softfloor" mats? They have varying thicknesses and strengths and though expensive, could possibly do the trick? I just need to find somewhere I can personally inspect the stuff, to have some kind of idea which one I should go for. Gym, Sport or Ultra?

            http://www.softfloor.co.uk/

            I've seen the official Roland mat, but I'm pretty sure even the large size (made for the td-20s) doesn't appear to be large enough for a TD-20 at it's proper size. The dimensions are too small!

            Any opinions?

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