I love this kit. It has the things that are important to me. Its not a budget kit, but its really the last kit you can get for under $4000 that has all I needed. It comes with a real quality high hat stand and snare stand. Hardware good enough I could use it with my acoustic kit if needed. It doesn't come with a bass drum pedal, but really, I'm as picky about my pedal as I am about my sticks, so that's OK. The pads don't feel like the mesh pads, but lets face it, mesh pads don't feel like a real drum either. The pads are quiet and seem very durable. Like the hardware, I expect the pads to last a long time through many a set up and tear down. The three zone pad is awesome. I get the head sound, then I have a lower rim that is typically set up as a rimshot, but then there is the upper rim. The stock settings on most patches have this as a rim click sound, just like you hit the top of the tom rim on an acoustic set, but I changed my toms to accessories. so now I have a tambourine, cowbell, and splash in my basic setup without losing any of the other sounds I need or worry about a trying to set a layered sound based on velocity. I left the snare as a standard cross-stick for the third trigger. Its incredibly flexible. The cymbals are three zone too, all of them. The more zones the more options you have as a player. I love the samples. I've owned a Yamaha maple custom and an oak custom and they are both in there, and they sound pretty darn good. Overall I'm excited to get this kit out and start using it. Electronic drums will never be the same as an acoustic kit which I'd prefer, but clubs are getting smaller and crowds just won't accept being blasted with volume like they used too. It keeps me playing, and that the important part.
St. Louis, MO