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FDP Forum / I'd Hit It! - Drums and Percussion / Don't laugh...picking up an el cheapo eDrum set today...

slacker

Hawkeye Country

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Dec 20th, 2011 12:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's an Ion iED01 set that I'm getting used in like new condition for $50. I think it sold new for around $260. This one comes with all the original stuff (box, manual, etc) in essentially unused condition.

It gets good reviews (lots of "great for the price" type comments), but what a great opportunity for me. I've been wanting to get some eDrums so that I can learn at home w/o annoying my family.

I was going to sell a guitar to pay for something more substnatial, but this is a great way to dip a toe in and see if I want to make the ocmmitment.

Wish me luck....

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garp
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Connecticut USA

Nothing to do but feed all the kangaroos
Dec 20th, 2011 12:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Congrats — and best of luck. Please report back here on your purchase when you get a chance.

A lot of other aspiring drummers are similarly intimidated by the notion of creating “too much noise” at home with an acoustic kit, so you have the potential to provide some very valuable insights.

slacker

Hawkeye Country

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Dec 21st, 2011 08:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My initial experience based on the meager 30 mins I had to play with it last night (I went to Hawkeye women's BB game, so it was late when I started):

First, it was used and came already configured on the stand. I need to re-configure it to try and get better placement. Some items need to be completely removed and placed differently and there's a cross bar on the bottom of the frame that is right where I want my kick drum pedal. I think I can get something reasonable, but it may be difficult to exactly mirror where I would have things on a real kit.

The pads seem to feel pretty decent. I haven't played real drums in 15 years, but the stick response seems reasonable. The pedals are really pretty lame. They work, but the range of motion is about 1/2", so they're not realistic at all. I wonder if better pedals could be subbed in with this rig.

The sound is pretty darn impressive, considering this was just over $250 new. I played through headphones and ran it into an amp. The balance of volume between the various componants seems a bit off (crash/ride symbol is very quiet, for example), but that may be tweakable. I'll have to mess with the signal generator to find out.

I only tried a couple different "kits", but there seems to be some pretty different sounds you can get out of this. It came with headphones that are usable.

They claim that the pads are velocity sensitive and they are, but it's pretty subtle. I'd want more for performance or recording, but for some introductory experimenting with a drum kit, I think this thing will work.

I think there are some pre-programmed pieces you can play along with, but I haven't had a chance to explore any of that yet.

At $50, it's a really cheap way to find out if this is for me or not. I played for about 20 mins last night with my kids watching TV in the same room and it didn't bother them at all. My wife upstairs didn't even know I was playing.

I credit my POD with a huge improvement in my guitar playing as I could practice with full sound without bothering my family. I'm hoping this kit will do the same thing for drums.

slacker

Hawkeye Country

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Jan 5th, 2012 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm still having fun with this set. I had my friend (longtime drummer, multiple bands, just released third CD) over the other day. He messed with them for 20 mins or so. His reaction:

Small heads force you to be really consistent, the frame doesn't allow much configuration, but the sound is pretty good. He said he could have a lot of fun with it. Then he asked how much I paid for them. He was amazed. The next words out of his mouth:

"If you ever see anything like this for sale again, pick it up for me. My family gets tired of the noise of me practicing and I could really have a blast with this".



garp
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Connecticut USA

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Jan 5th, 2012 02:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tremendous. Thanks for posting the reviews.

One really can’t go wrong for $50 — especially in the name of fun. Even if you eventually decide not to pursue a full electronic or acoustic kit, you’ve essentially lost nothing more than the economic equivalent of a few movie tickets.

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