For those of you into drums, I’m very impressed by the Alesis Crimson Mesh Kit. I bought one for my wife at Guitar Center recently, and it was around $800.
It looks nice from the get-go; red “shells”, black mesh “heads”, and heavy-duty chromed hardware. Unlike previous electronic kits I’ve used, it seems much less like a toy and much more like a real kit.
The mesh heads feel sooo much better than the hard pads on our earlier Alesis DM-5. They feel slightly loose, or maybe a little “gooey”, but not bad; you can certainly do a roll on them comfortably.
One of the really cool things about them is that most of the pads have more than one sensor. You seem to have 4 “drums”, a snare and 3 toms, but each of them can play a different sound on the rim. When emulating acoustic drums the rim sounds are samples of actual rims, but when using the crazier kits, like the 808 or latin kits, each rim can be a completely different sound, so the kit is actually much more flexible than you’d realize. Beyond that, sounds can be mixed on a single pad and playable at different impact levels, so you can actually get 3 sounds from one head! And the dynamic range feels pretty natural to me.
To sum up, this kit is suitably priced and feels much more “professional” than other inexpensive electronic kits. I thinks it’s easily comparable to Roland kits costing twice as much.