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Good toy with the potential to be a passable instrument if upgraded
on August 18, 2014
Update-- In hindsight, given the trouble and effort required to make this kit sound good and the fact that half of the included components are essentially garbage, I would probably recommend spending the extra money on a higher quality entry level kit, like the Questlove Breakbeats Ludwig LC179X028 Breakbeats 4 Piece Shell Pack with Riser, White Sparkle It was fun, but I really only got about 1.5 years of use out of it before needing to upgrade.
I am a drummer who bought this for my 2-year-old daughter (and myself). Overall I am pleased with the kit, especially for this ultra-low price.
The dimensions of the tom drums I received do not match the product image shown on this site. You can see the appearance of the actual shell dimensions here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/B0033HHETC/ref=cm_cmu_up_thanks_hdr The kit you get does not look as well-proportioned as what is pictured, especially the medium (10 inch) mounted tom, which is too shallow. Aside from this issue with the 10 inch tom shell dimensions, the set looks quite nice fully assembled. I simply omitted the 10" tom from the kit and have it set up as a four piece.
At this price point, I knew there would probably be some issues. Some of the problems I found:
- The cymbals look fine, but are very low-quality and sound awful. I replaced them.
- Some of the bearing edges on the drum shells were rough and/or uneven. This limits the drum's tuning range. You might get some improvement by sanding them down.
- Some lugs are unevenly spaced, resulting in tension rods at an angle.
- Drum heads are low-quality and don't do the shells justice. I replaced all the heads and the kit sounds much better.
- The included bass drum pedal is cheap and flimsy, and has quite a bit of mechanical noise when played. The pedal is attached to the beater by a small hook, which results in the pedal easily falling off the beater.
- The snares on the snare drum are not stretched across the bottom head, but are instead pressed against the inside of the bottom head like a muffle. This accomplishes a "snare-like" sound, but doesn't sound very good. The screw action of the 'snare muffle' also makes it slow and tedious to "throw" (i.e. turn off) the snares.
The above issues aside, I am happy with the kit, especially after additional investment in upgrades and modifications (shown in customer images). My upgrades include: replaced snare drum with Pearl Firecracker 12" snare drum; replaced bass drum pedal w/ DW pedal and added Gibraltar bass drum lifter; replaced tom and snare drum heads with Remo Ambassadors on both sides; Replaced bass drum head with Aquarian Super Kick II on batter side and Regulator on the resonant side; replaced cymbals with vintage Zildjian A 12" hi-hat and 18" ride cymbals; mounted 18" ride cymbal on boom stand. With these changes, the kit no longer sounds nor looks like a toy and lately I find myself playing it more than my "real" kit.