Snare upgrade for a Roland TD-11K kit

SanDiegoHarry

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So I'm a veteran bassist (since '77) who has fiddleed with drums more or less since 1980 - I finally got a used Roland TD-11K kit and started lessons.

one thing that really strikes me is that much of my practice, as a beginner, centers around the snare. Right now, I have the stock Roland PDX-8 mesh snare and while it seems okay, it doesn't bounce like a real snare (yeah, I know - no shock) and it's SMALL.

I've looked at a larger version of this - the PDX-12 - is it worth it as an upgrade? Are there alternatives that might be even better that would continue to work with my TD-11K module?

thanks very much
 

electrodrummer

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Size - as they say - really doesn't matter.

98% of all your hits on a snare are going to be within a 6" circle of the centre.

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So if we accept that the diameter of the pad is meaningless, is there any other pad that would have an improved reponse / feel that will work with my TD-11K module?
 

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You might want to look into a Roland PD-120. This is a dual zone 12" mesh head pad that although no longer made, is available quite readily on the used market. They work quite well as a snare pad with Roland modules. The other option, if you have access to an acoustic snare drum, is to outfit the batter side with a mesh head (Remo Silent Stroke) and add a rim-mounted external trigger. I went this route when I had a Roland TD-12 module and it worked quite well.
 

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