Ok I have been playing drums now for about 45 years, I know my way round good kit and although I have been an acoustic drummer all that has changed recently when I bought a second hand session pro kit. I have been quite pleased with the kit but was unhappy with the build quality of the pads which were obviously made on the cheap and caused me no end of fun with a soldering iron! I have always been happy with the gear i have got from Thomann and so when I decided to begin upgrading the kit this was my first and only port of call. At first I thought the price was a Typo! They couldn't be any good for that price....and 11" stereo pad for under £20. I thought I'd give them a go and bought 3 Once again Thomann proved me wrong, the response was better than the original pads and when i upgraded the drum brain to an ALESIS TRIGGER I/O wow! The response was fantastic, I dont know how you guys can sell these pads for this price but every edrummer should have some in their kit. Apart from anything else they give you a realistic size for the drums and a feel that is very close to an acoustic kit with dampners on. I'll be ordering more of these babies soon to complete my outfit... Oh and the order was placed on a tuesday and arrived on friday! Great service great products once again Thank you Thomann!
note - I'm reviewing this on the basis of how much it cost and how it was advertised. I'm not scoring this against ALL drum pads.
I really didn't want 8" tom pads because they make, in my opinion, the kit feel more X-box than X-rated.
Step in this bargain priced 11" dual zone rubber pad.
It's heavy, heavier than I expected, which makes it solid and beefy to hit. Flimsy this isn't.
As a rubber playing surface it's decent. There's rebound - not as much as my PD85 mesh snare but more than my Alesis Sample pad. You can do a roll, and some would say it's good to practice on a less than perfect surface.
It is sensitive enough (via my Roland TD3 brain) to detect the smallest of touches and the velocity sensitivity works well, to a point. It seems to max out very early when tested - it is registering 100% while I'm at about 50% strike force.
My TD3 also had issues registering a clean rim hit off the prominent rim area - I had to hit the metal mounting structure to get a clean rim click. I don't think it was a pad issue per se, more a translation issue between the two products.
No cable and L bracket are included, so as a replacement pad this is an amazing deal but if you have to buy a TRS cable and L bracket (std size, nothing out of the ordinary diameter-wise) then it's still a really good buy.
I'd recommend them so much I'm buying 2 more. They make a passable snare though you really ought to try picking up a better quality pad if you are serious about being say a jazz legend.
It is as toms that these pads really shine I think. Their size means you can lay your kit out in "real kit" proportions without being able to drive a bus between your 8" floor tom pads.