I've been playing the flagships V-Drums (TD20) in shops for a while, and I'm fairly sure I want a set. However, the review of the TD12 set on this site claims that the difference between the two sets isn't enough to warrant the extra expense. Any thoughts on this? I'd hate to get the cheaper ones, and then realise I'm missing something important.
For info, I'll be playing mostly solo shows, using the drumkit to trigger all sounds and lighting, so it's important that I've got a lot of triggers and good MIDI funtionality. Most of the sounds I use are models of real kits, so the brain has to be top-notch also.
In my case, SWMBO considered my argument carefully that I needed a kit to practice on at home without ruining relationships with her or the neighbours. As a very experienced musician and drummer, I spent six months trying out everything I could and only the Roland mesh pads gave me the feel of my acoustic kits. O.K., it cost me over £2K, but I've got a wonderful musical instrument which two years on I'm still learning its capacity. Roland are the Rolls-Royce of electronic drums. Even the lower end models like the TD3 sound brilliant through good headphones, if you're on a limited budget.
I have used my Roland kit live, but needed powerful amplification to match the performance of my acoustic Gretsch and Slingerland kits. I use a 5000 watt Peavey UL set up with 12 inch tops and 15 inch subs. This gives the necessary headroom to cope with most things.
When buying any musical instrument, get the best you can afford, as cheap budget instruments invariably disappoint, cause frustration and ultimately demotivate the serious player.
Hi again, mate of mine has just bought the Roland TD12 kit, he's also been testing the TD20, which without doubt is the best electronic kit there is bar none, but the 3k price tag really put him off, he bought the TD12 after much research and you can upgrade and add to get it pretty near the TD20, the only difference being the brain, but having said that the brain that comes with the 12 is almost as good. He paid less than 2k for the 12 and says it's the best £1600 he's ever spent.
I've played with the 12 and have to say, anyone want to buy my Yamaha kit, it's a brilliant drum kit, but I have been well and truly spoilt with the 12.