What should I look for in repairing my kick pad on the DM10?

I've had the DM10 for several months working without a hitch. At our last practice, the kick stopped working. After troubleshooting, I've determined that the pad is the culprit (plugging the kick cable into another pad triggered the kick just fine).

I'm very handy with minor electronic repair. I was just wondering what I should look for first...loose connection, etc.. I am only using 3 of the four tom pads so I have another one laying around. Is it possible to swap components from this extra head since it's the same size?
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  • Sorry i can't provide repair information for this. Hope you can see whats going on. Make sure you know you will be voiding any warranty if this is performed.
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  • Had same problem with my kick pad. Contacted Alesis and they are sending an advance replacement kick pad assembly. Defective one being shipped tomorrow back east. Hope this helps anyone with same problem?
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  • I meant to follow up on this. In my case, the solution was very fast and easy. The leads from the piezo are very small gauge and flimsy. One of them was simply severed. The leads are pressed in between the foam and metal frame which basically caused enough friction after prolong use to sever the wires. I replaced the thin wires with thicker ones and everything is perfect now. It seriously took less than 30 minutes to open it up, find the problem, fix it and put it back to together.

    The components of the head are super simplistic and I wouldn't at all be afraid to open it up. Once you remove the rim and head, it's simply a piezo element glued to a piece of glass, a rubber neoprene pad and some foam. Aside from the piezo, the only other electronic components look to be a simple resistor at the 1/4" input. That part looked a little harder to get at (if I remember), but I was lucky that my problem was much more accessible.

    I hope this helps.
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