Help get this topic noticed by sharing it on Twitter, Facebook, or email.

Upgrade Advice/Feedback

OK sorry for the loooong post, but here's the deal. I've got a Studio Kit and after having played it nearly every day for 18 months, it has taken a beating, and it is time to upgrade. I have had to do a fair number of repairs - especially to the wiring, and upgrade the backing foam under the heads. I also switched out the stock heads for Remo heads. All of those are no problem on a kit that cost me under $600. However, if I'm going to sink $1-2,000 on a new kit I do NOT want to be making repairs or replacing parts within 18 months.

If you look at the Birch Gate Kit Demo (Facebook), I play about that hard maybe 30% of the time (blues, jazz, ...). Most of the time it is more like the James Bond theme video there (although admittedly not nearly that good) - physical exercise for someone who is 6' 1" and 235 lbs.

Bottom line: I really love my Studio Kit, and I really want to love whatever I buy next. Part of the "longevity" of the Studio Kit though is due to my being able to repair it myself. I do NOT want that to be part of my next kit.

One last thing. I like my snare head "cranked" like field snare head. I want to be able to get that same rock-hard feel, but I don't know if that is possible with mesh heads. So now... Please weigh in. The more feedback the better I think my chances are for making a good decision.

Alesis has gotten me back playing the drums after about a 25 year break and it's been great! I'm kind of looking for a reason to stick by the brand. ;) Thanks everyone!
2 people have
this question
+1
Reply
  • Hello Duffy,

    Thanks for posting!

    We're glad to hear you want to stick with the Alesis Brand :) If you feel like it's time to upgrade, our Strike Pro electronic drum kit is a clear choice. The mesh drums are very resilient and stand up to the plate in a studio or live performance environment, you will not encounter any issues with the pads or cables. Rest assured if something happens to your kit or if you are having set up difficulties, you are covered for one year by our manufacturer's warranty and our support team is always available to help.

    Assuming you are referring to Remo's Silentstroke heads and not coated/clear heads, you can tighten the tension rods enough to get plenty of rebound from the snare drum. We have had some great feedback in regards to the stick response you can get from the mesh head, you even have a dial on the side of the snare drum to adjust the trigger response which is useful in recording situations.

    I hope I was able to answer all of your questions today! If you need additional assistance, here is a link to contact our support team. Thank You!

    https://www.alesis.com/support
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. happy, confident, thankful, excited kidding, amused, unsure, silly indifferent, undecided, unconcerned sad, anxious, confused, frustrated

  • Hello Criss,

    First, thanks for responding.

    Next, I'm not sure we're communicating here. I know there is a warranty period, but my concern is for the SPEED of the support. I don't want to have a malfunction and have to wait more than a day for repairs/replacement. Right now, if something breaks, I fix it myself. Unless you're going to send someone to my house ;) "durability" is a concern. If I had an acoustic set and broke a head, I could run out and get it replaced - normally on Sundays too. "Avoiding down time" is the key. What is the availability of warranty/repair/replacement parts?

    As far as the head tension, you used the buzz words "stick response." No offense intended, but that makes me think you have never played a field snare (like in a drum corps) before. It is more like playing on "soft" wood: the surface is hard, but not "bouncy." Maybe the local store had the mesh heads tightened incorrectly, but they seemed "soft" and "bouncy."

    If you could address these points - or have someone else address them, I would appreciate it. Thanks!
  • (some HTML allowed)
    How does this make you feel?
    Add Image
    I'm

    e.g. happy, confident, thankful, excited kidding, amused, unsure, silly indifferent, undecided, unconcerned sad, anxious, confused, frustrated