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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
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)

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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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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,507 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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92 of 94 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 9 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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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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UPDATE: After I posted this scathing review of the new Rock Band 3 cymbals, someone mentioned that the slipping problem a lot of people (including myself) have been suffering from might be related to the quick-snap part of the clamp. Sure enough, when I tried snapping the quick-snap part together again, this time using a wrench instead of my bare hands, it seems to have worked. Therefore, if the manual would have noted that you should use a wrench to snap the quick-snap parts together, it would have saved me and a lot of other people a lot of grief and removed the impression you need to tape the metal pole up for the cymbal to stay put. The quick-snaps are not something you should be snapping together with your hands unless you happen to be a gorilla.

This single oversight in the manual caused me a ton of hassle, as you can see from my original review below, so I'll remove one star for that. Otherwise, this seems to be a decent product. I'd give the game Rock Band 3 itself 5 stars, but these cymbals get 5 stars minus 2 for the pain and aggravation caused by this oversight in the manual. Maybe in a month after I forget how much the installation experience sucked, I'll want to increase the rating for the cymbals to 4 stars or so...we shall see...

Here's the original review for your um, edification:


Unfortunately, the Rock Band 3 version of these cymbals still retains a fatal design flaw that existed in the previous version whereby the yellow cymbal's clamp fails to perform the very basic function of clamping.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
These cymbals are awesome. They make Rock Band a lot more fun than without them. They are worth every penny.
Published 10 days ago by Medicguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
If you want to add some fun to your RockBand experience, this is an easy addition. Lots of fun and makes the game more challenging.
Published 21 days ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted and it gets used a lot.
We can't get enough of rock band, and now that we have the Pro-Cymbals, it really challenges us to perform better.
Published 21 days ago by RUTHIE TIRADO
2.0 out of 5 stars awesome till it broke.
these cymbals were a great addition to my rockband drumset...well, until they broke about a month or 2 in from regular play. Read more
Published 1 month ago by chris
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought I was bad at drums to begin with
Now I really suck at them. 3 more things for me to wail on...I had a hard enough time hitting the four pads it came with to anything resembling a beat. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Rainwaters
5.0 out of 5 stars Physical Therapy
I use the game as physical therapy to build strength in my reconstructed hand, and sharpen hand eye coordination. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SKW
5.0 out of 5 stars Works nice
I haven't had any issues with them.
i don't exactly hit the symbols lightly and I haven't had any issues with the symbols falling off. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amanda
2.0 out of 5 stars Had to send it back
The package says it's compatible with Rock Band, Rockband II and III but this isn't the case. The original rock band does not have the jacks to plug the cymbal into. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kim K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Worked well for quite a while
This is a nice, fun addition to the rock band drum set, though it adds no functionality in any way. The cymbals are the same color as the drum pads, so you can hit either of the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Works Great!!!
I gave this 5 stars because of the rigidity of the cymbals. I play pretty hard on them and they haven't failed me yet. One thing everyone should be aware of is how to install. Read more
Published 2 months ago by joshua selwocki
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