To buy or not to buy a strike pro?

Hi,

I know that there's tons of posts like mine but still.

I'm looking to buy a new E-Drum. It will be used for playing live (2-3 times a month) and rehearsal (1hr a day).

I am not too familiar with Alesis. Have been a Roland user for decades. I was looking for a TD30 at first but as you know, Roland doesn't make them anymore. The Td25 is great but the sound module is a big joke and the TD50 is way too expensive. That brings me to the Strike pro. I've discarded Yamaha as i hate their pads and wasn't impressed with the sound library either.
I've read good, bad, really good and really bad things about the Strike pro and i want to hear from those who have one.

So, Strike pro: yes or no based on your experience?

Also, what about customer service. Sent a few questions 1 week ago
And no answer yet. If there's issues with the kit in the future, i want
A company that is proactive to fix it.

Thanks a lot.
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    Its not really a bad kit issues with the hi hats and snares break easy but can be modded to not break pretty easily.
    Sounds are pretty good cymbals could be better last patch gave some nice kits. As for long term use might fall apart mine seems to loose a part every now and then i find hardware on the floor and the tin decals on the bottom of the drums fall off.
    • Hey thanks a lot. My local store can offer an extended warranty wich could be the peace of mind i am looking for. I would not expect this kit to be flawless but i need some decent reliability.

      Had my TD4 since 2008, not a single problem.
      My Gretsch since 2010, not a single problem either.

      Reliability is THE one thing that makes me nervous about Alesis.
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  • Hi Carl,

    Thanks for posting.

    The Strike Pro Kit is a very reliable, durable kit that won't require a lot of modification or setup outside of the box. Should you need to replace any of the components of the kit at any point, replacement parts and pads can be purchased from our parts department directly. We will also be happy to assist you with any setup or configuration issues you may encounter in using the Strike Pro Kit. 
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  • I've had mine for a month now and just Love it. Like you I was nervous from so much negative feedback but after watching some vids on YouTube my fears lessened. Check out the user Siren2173. His ideas really backed me off my concerns.

    My kit sits at home so no experience with travel. But the frame is solid IMO. I dont think I would want to dismantle and reassemble this thing on a regular basis though. If you already do that with another ekit then I guess you're used to it so maybe it's not an issue for you.

    Be mindful that some mods people suggest may void your warranties. Just don't jump in blind so check before cutting components up.

    There are a few vids on using onboard compression to boost volume so do look into that. You can also really dig into this module to customize each piece if a kit. Layering two cymbal samples to get the exact high and low tones with one hit is great if you have the patience to screw around with it. I'm pretty nerdy with tech so I'm loving that side of the Strike kit. YMMV but you can get so much out of this thing just by tinkering with settings.

    Goid luck to you. Post back if you decide to get it?
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  • It wont void his warranty if he mods the snare they would never notice it anyway if he mods it he wouldn't need the warranty but if he doesn't he surely will
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    My kit is great now, BUT, when I first recieved it it was not nice to play. I'm sure that at least 60% of the returned 'broken' kits aren't actually broken they are just not adjusted correctly. As Noel says there are plenty of videos on YouTube showing you how to tune your kit and there are posts on this forum as to how to fix any hi at issues. Providing you get a kit with no physical (electrical?) issues then you can tune your kit to your liking and once you do it suddenly becomes this fantastic kit.

    Unfortunately there are a lot of people like myself who manage to afford this kit without having a lot of previous 'e drum' experience. This in turn translates into 'if it doesn't work perfectly straight out of the box it must be broken'. It's not the case. The kit is fine but if played through the same amplifier as a previous kit it will seem quieter until you 'tweak' the settings (compression) this may reduce sound quality (not for me but I'm no pro) but my kit was suddenly super loud as it should be without having to max everything out.

    I play mine about 1hour a day average. I think I am a hard hitter and like fast drumming. I've had it since February and it's now September. The only wear and tear I have noticed is a couple of the fibres seem to have broken on one of the tom skins. It's been like that for a while now and doesn't seem to be deteriorating.

    All in all I was a bit disappointed when I first played it but the vids tweaks and tips turned this kit into something awesome in my non professional opinion.
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