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Rock Band 3 PRO-Cymbals Expansion Kit

by Mad Catz See the Amazon Page for this brand
Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews) 5 answered questions

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  • Color-coded for Crash, Ride, or Hi-Hat configurations / Velocity-sensitive for precise drumming
  • Height adjustable / Easy-to-install clamp for quick setup / New 10-degree strike angle
  • Improved Crash, Ride, & Hi-Hat cymbals
  • Cymbals required for Rock Band Pro Mode
  • Compatible with Rock Band 2 Drum Kits for Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii

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  • ASIN: B003RS1AIS
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 10.5 x 3.5 inches ; 4.8 pounds
  • Media: Accessory
  • Release Date: October 31, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,698 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Rock Band 3 PRO-Cymbals Expansion Kit provides the means for you to drum like the pros with velocity-sensitive Crash, Ride, and Hi-Hat cymbals. With the easy-to-install mounting brackets, you have total control and can set up your drum kit in any configuration you see fit. Boasting several improvements over the Rock Band 2 version, notable upgrades include a 10-degree strike angle, full rubber construction for quieter drumming, superior response and performance, and Pro Mode a remarkably authentic interpretation of playing real instruments in Rock Band 3 compatibility. Once your drum kit has been customized to your standards, you’ll be all set to attack your song library with new vigor and achieve the next step in drumming perfection.

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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
For everyone on here who can't figure out how to assemble these (which is understandable, because the directions are terrible):

Each clamp comes in two pieces, with a slight space between them. Take them and SQUEEZE THEM TOGETHER as hard as you can until you hear two loud pops, one on each end. Don't worry, you didn't break it. You're just putting it together. If you don't do this, the tightening nuts won't work, no matter how much you try to turn them. Now they don't slide down when you hit them! No tape necessary!

Now. Speaking as an actual drummer, these are the best accessory for Rock Band ever. Quieter and more responsive than the RB2 cymbals. As for the hi-hat clamp length issue, here's what I do. To set up like an actual drummer, you need to connect your crash and your hat on the LEFT side of the kit. Put the green crash on the tall tube. Connect it to the set with a short clamp. Now connect the hat to that tube with the long clamp, putting the hi hat on a short tube to the left of your snare. Now put your ride on the right side. There. May take some adjustment, but you're playing like an actual drummer. HAVE FUN!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to RB3 (with a little help) November 1, 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I purchased this RB3 Cymbal kit to go along with my RB2 drum kit to use in Pro Mode in Rock Band 3. Out of the box these cymbals are WAY too sensitive to be even remotely fun to play. I was extremely frustrated at double-hit notes coming through constantly. I searched around online for an answer and found a partial solution. If you look for the "Penny" mod it will clear up a lot, but not all of the issues (although it will void your factory warranty). I added some extra foam padding above the actual sensor and now the cymbals work perfectly. So, as an out-of-the-box item these cymbals are pretty much useless for the precision needed for RB3. With a couple of simple mods, though, these puppies work great. Granted they should have worked great straight from the factory but they are so much fun now I'm willing to overlook the simple mods I had to do to make them work properly. A worthwhile investment if you don't mind doing a little work to get them to function properly. Hopefully Madcatz will clear this issue up with future releases of the cymbals.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works perfect! February 17, 2011
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I was a little skeptical to buy the cymbal expansion kit. I read reviews where there had been problems with stability and the cymbals generally not working correctly. I've been using these for the past couple of months now, and they work wonderfully! They are completely sturdy when attached the CORRECT way, and add a whole new dimension to an already great game! I am very, VERY pleased that I went with my instincts to buy the expansion kit over getting a whole new set. I am not disappointed at all! Highly recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great! Works as advertised June 14, 2014
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So far so good.. Better than IONs version which one cymbal became defective after the a few months. Sensitivity is great. Responsiveness is good too. Easy set up.
If only they made the installation so the yellow cymbal is left of the snare, it would be perfect. Just like a real drum set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adds more complexity, realism, and fun! January 30, 2013
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I have been waiting for this expansion kit to go on sale for months and finally got it for 1/2 price! It is only compatible with the Rock Band 3 game, playing on the Pro Drums setting and adding a check mark to each cymbal color. There are also lessons to help you get used to the new setup in the game.

The instructions just show a picture of how to add the the expansion kit to your existing Rock Band 2 drum kit. There are no step-by-step instructions. It took maybe 30 minutes for me to get it hooked up. Getting the clamps to snap together was the trickiest part. I had to keep squeezing them together while slightly shifting them around until they clicked. The kit comes with a red piece in case you are left-handed and want to reverse the arrangement. I've seen videos online that give advice on other arrangements, as well, so that you can customize it several ways.

After playing on the kit a few times, I can state that it really does add more complexity and realism to playing the drums. It is challenging, but fun, and has made me want to work even harder at becoming a better drummer. Musicians who play real drums even admit that people who can play on this kit, on an expert level, can feel right at home sitting behind a real drum set.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN!!!!! January 16, 2013
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I gotta give this 5 stars for many reasons. 1.) I've read through the reviews where others had problems and have not a single one myself, which is a relief! Every cymbal operates as designed to and no registered double hits at all. Also, to note, it IS compatible for lefty's like myself. 2.) Being that I love playing the RB drums, this expansion kit heavily expands the fun experience of any song in your music collection in RB3. It's like playing a new song whenever you play the song on Pro Drums as opposed to the regular way! Definitely adds plenty more entertainment to be had in RB3. 3.) I'm not sure if I just got lucky or what, but the quality of the cymbals I ordered were marked as 'used - good' from Amazon Warehouse, but when they came in, I noticed everything was still packaged and seemingly brand new! So, from that, note that the quality may be deceiving, BUT to your benefit lol.

tl;dr (Too Long, Didn't Read): This is a GREAT product and anyone with a love for drums (specifically plastic Rockband drumming) should get this!
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