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  • pearl rhythm traveller: decent starter set?

    for $300, new.

    or, is this a piece of junk to forget about and instead put the money towards a tama rockstar set or something similar?

    thanks!

  • #2
    It depends on what you want to use it for. It's got half size drums except for the snare. So, if shallow concert toms are the sound you are looking for they are great. They are also good for practice as they come with mesh heads. But, I am not sure they are really useful for live playing. You get 10, 12, and 14 toms but they are the same depth. The bass is a 8 x 20, and you may like the sound, but it is lacking.

    I got the set when it first came out, paid $400. The snare is pretty good, but I wish I had saved a little longer and gotten a rockstar with the remo muffle rings or something similar.

    I don't really buy their claim that it's a practice and gig set. If I could go back I'd actually get a rockstar and buy mesh heads separately.

    It may sound better with pinstripes though.....

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    • #3
      thanks for the reply.


      for now, a practice/learning set exclusively. if i ever get to the point of going out to play live, i can invest in a better set.

      if i go the rockstar route, i'll have to set them up for sound deadening anyway. so i'm not sure the tone is really an issue, for me.

      i had planned on trying to pick up a used full set in the $400 range or so, but nothing has turned up.

      given the above, you can see my attraction to the rhythm traveller set at the sale price. my biggest concern is investing in something that starts falling apart with light use and i end up spending a bundle on replacement pieces.

      but, i might not be on the right track at all. which is why i decided to ask!

      thanks again for your input!

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      • #4
        uhhh i don't think putting pinstripes on it is going to help the situation any. The rhythm traveller aren't doesn't ahve a resonant head. Drums with only one head have a lot of attack. Adding a pinstripe is going to just increase that attack. If anything you'll want something warmer, like a thin coated head.

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        • #5
          If you're not looking to spend alot of money, you could always go used. I bought my Rockstar used for $450, and that's including a throne, a good crash/ride, hi-hats, and all of the hardware.

          As a practice set, if you get a used export or rockstar, and got a set of B8 or ZBT cymbals, then all you'd have to do to have a good sound live is upgrade the cymbals (unless the cheaper cymbals produce the sound that you're looking for...) And you could start out for under $500, possibly under $3-400.
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          • #6
            I know what they said on drummer cafe, but you should check out these. One guy there said they were good enough to gig with, but I'm not sure if I would trust his opinion. After all you can't hear the drumset yourself so you're going totally on faith from someone's word.

            http://www.taye.com

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            • #7
              I wouldn't use them as my primary drums

              but they would be great for practicing and
              I would use them for casual jams due to
              their extreme portability
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              • #8
                how bout this; buy a rhythm traveller as first kit, then when you want to upgrade;

                - use the 20x8" kick as wooooooooofer for you 20x18"
                - use the single headed toms with higher tuning as timbales on the left side of the kit
                - use the 13x5" snare as aux snare
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                • #9
                  thanks for all the good advice! it sounds like i would not be going too far wrong with the RT set.

                  chabo, i'd love to find a deal like you got on your rockstar. but i've had my eyes peeled for a few months now and haven't come across anything like that at all locally. i'm pretty reluctant to use ebay due to the sight-unseen aspect, plus the high shipping cost. but i might take a chance on a really good long distance deal if i found one.

                  the taye's sound like a good deal. i have not heard much about them other than what the drum guru says on his www page.

                  thanks again for the help!

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                  • #10
                    If you are using for a learning and practice set I'd say go for it. If you are getting it complete it's a good deal, hihat stand, cymbal stand, snare stand and a pedal. And MPCman's suggestion to implement it into a full set (when you get it) is a great idea.

                    One thing I will say, when using the mesh heads be careful not to tighten them up too much. They won't respond like real drums, giving you much more bounce than you'd get from a real drum head. This won't help you learn....

                    Good luck.

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                    • #11
                      Look what I got on ebay. It's coming today!

                      http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=895350317&rd=1

                      BTW guitar center is having a good deal on exports, rockstars, and stage customs. The stage customs are $650 new with a free tom, the exports are $500 with a free tom, and the rockstars are $500 with no free tom.

                      The only catch is they don't come with any hardware or cymbals. It might be easier getting the drums then trying to find the hardware for them used locally.

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                      • #12
                        I was looking into these and decided the pacific chameleon was more appealing. It has mesh heads on the bottom so you just flip them over for silence.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by tm3
                          chabo, i'd love to find a deal like you got on your rockstar. but i've had my eyes peeled for a few months now and haven't come across anything like that at all locally. i'm pretty reluctant to use ebay due to the sight-unseen aspect, plus the high shipping cost. but i might take a chance on a really good long distance deal if i found one.


                          Well, I got it from a friend, but you could probably find a good deal if you put an ad in a local musicians' newspaper. There's always someone trying to get rid of their old set, whether because they're upgrading, or moving on to something else, or whatever.
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                          • #14
                            that's a real good point about the chameleons (just flip to get the full acoustic sound).

                            but, they are 50 per cent more plus cymbals on top of that.

                            i'll have to ponder this a bit.

                            thanks again for the help.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by tm3
                              that's a real good point about the chameleons (just flip to get the full acoustic sound).

                              but, they are 50 per cent more plus cymbals on top of that.

                              i'll have to ponder this a bit.

                              thanks again for the help.


                              I missed the part about 300 for the RT.
                              Still you could argue that the chameleons are twice the drum in that they are deeper and have 2 heads.
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