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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2009
I bought these drums mainly for their portability (the official drums take up a load of space, which I don't have) but was extremely surprised by their quality.

I've played on the official Rock Band drums and was shocked at how cheap they felt when playing. Way too much plastic and they felt like the pads would crack if I carried on playing for too long. I also hated how noisy they were (wooden drumsticks + plastic pads = horrible noise).

These drums, however, are completely different. The drum pads are rubber instead of plastic and feel great when playing. The included drum sticks also have rubber tips, which also help by reducing the noise when playing.

They are also extremely responsive. I found with the official drums that notes could be easily missed if you hit slightly too close to the edge of the pad. There is no such problem with these drum pads.

The bass pedal is also of great quality. It's still made of plastic but it is much wider and shorter than the official bass pedal. This means that there is much less chance of the pedal snapping when in use (one of the common faults with the official pedal).

The controller section of the drums (with the d-pad and guide button etc) is easy to use and feels like an old NES or Master System pad (oh the memories).

As for how to place the drum pads: any type of table will do (I personally use a small coffee table) as long as it's a suitable height (you don't want to hurt your back when playing). The bottom of the pads are also rubber so they shouldn't slip around the table during play. The bass pedal also has rubber strips as well as small carpet grippers (which can be removed if you have a non-carpeted floor).

I've been extremely satisfied (and slightly surprised) with these drums and highly recommend them to anyone looking for a set of drums for Rock Band.

Oh, one last thing, these drums will work in both Rock Band 1 and 2 as well as Guitar Hero World Tour.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2009
About the quality: 4 out 5. The drumkit is very good but in my experience, when you hit the pads normally (not at full force), it's best to hit in the middle to have a 100% response. Since you can move the pads freely, it's not a big problem and you can correct the distance of the pads.

About the noise: 5 out 5. the most quiet drumkit ive seen so far.
About the kick pedal: 5 out 5. larger than the official kit, very good.

Overall for the rock band fans : 7 out 5.! in Europe, this drumkit is cheaper than the official and available. Good solution when you only want the drumkit and good quality too. and compatible with all games on X360.
Thank you amazon to have this one available.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 8 June 2009
Got this for Guitar Hero World tour as I already have a guitar from an older version of the game and it is great! The wires are all eailsy long enough and don't seem to get tangled. The actual quality of the drums is very good with a rubberised coating and sturdy feel.

The only negative thing I can say about them is the drum sticks come in 2 parts that screw together and they do have a tendancy of coming undone. Overall I would more than recommend this product to anyone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2009
The Rock Band Portable Drum Kit is easy to store and easy to set up. It has the same features as a standard Rock Band 1 kit, minus the structure, so you have to provide it yourself. And here is the problem, finding a way to place everything so you can play comfortably the pads and the bass pedal. Let's be clear on this: it won't get you the best scores; when you lay it on a table the pads move slightly as you play, not to mention the bass pedal. But for some casual playing it's ok. So if you bring Rock Band for some playing at a friend's house, it's a good option.

But this kit has an added bonus that may be more appealing. You can use its controller and plug real electronic drum pads, instead of the ones provided, for some serious playing. With it I can plug my Yamaha DTXplorer drum kit and play Rock Band in a more realistic way (add a few splitters to plug cymbals and toms on the same color, so you can play naturally -using the hi-hat when appropriate instead of the hi-tom-, etc.) I don't know if this works with every drum kit but it works for me. You still have only 4 notes + bass, thought.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
First off I bought this as I already had a PS3 stock Rock Band 1 kit and don't have the room for a second full kit.

Secondly to use these I tape them onto my PS3 drum kit while in use then put them back in the box when not in use.

Pads - compared to the stock pads these are increadibly similar, they are very accurate, on par with a fully working RB1 kit, they are a little bit quieter than the proper rock band set but not enough of a difference to be worth taking this into account (unless using the rubber tipper drum sticks)

Sticks - the rubber tips on the sticks change the tone of the noise from a tapping to a thudding, they do dampen the noise quite well but the rubber tips are prone to flying off mid song if you hit the rim and the sticks weigh in at x3 that of normal wooden sticks. Because of the weight difference I won't use these sticks and prefer nylon tipped sticks or standard wooden sticks.

Pedal - people seem to either love or hate this pedal, the difference though between this and the stock pedal are:- this pedal is a lot noisier as it makes quite a loud clacking noise as it springs back up, particularly noisy on double bass hits. It's responsiveness is loads better than the stock pedal though with a much smaller dead zone. The spring gives a much better level of tension meaning you're not worn out half way through your first song. This thing slips about on carpets loads more than the stock pad and the smooth top surface means if you play in socks then your foot will slip about on the pedal. Good pedal though, better than the stock one for me due to responsiveness but buying a cheapy proper bass pedal off ebay or something and fitting your own triggering mechanism is a million times better.

Overall i'd say this product is on par with the stock kit.....on the proviso that you have the stock kit to tape it to, without this it's pretty much rubbish unless you have something to set it all up on that works well for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2010
There is no doubt that the guitar hero games are great fun and the thought of adding drums seemed a good idea. The price is excellent for the product but there are a few set backs.

The lack of a stand means finding a suitable surface, ideally a table of some sort. The other problem I have is that when playing upstairs, the noise seems to travel more than I would have thought. To solve this, we put a blanket on top of the table, then the drum pads on top of this, not the best but it really helps!

If you don't need to worry about the noise and you have something suitable to put it on then this is a great value product, if not you might be better trying to get the drums with the stand.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2010
I have been a rock band expert drummer for over a year now and this is the best value product imo to take full advantage of the expert setting. its worth noting that i decided tp buy these as my rb1 drums were just dropping notes everywhere and it was getting very frustrating. i decided to buy the madcatz because pf the prices but had an ingenious idea! why not stick them over my originial pads on my drums to create a "pimped" kit. suffice to say that this makes playing incredibly fun and alot more acurrate if you want to go for those fc's however it is worth noting that these pads are great value IF you have a good level surface to put them on. if you are like me and your rb drums broke then do what i did and glue the new pads on top of the old ones for a modded kit. it is also worth noting that the standard footpedal is compaible with the madcatz pads set as the madcatz pad is a bit crappy imo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2010
After playing both the original Rock Band drums and Guitar Hero World Tour drums these absolutely blow them out the water and can be bought dirt cheap! I was incredibly surprised at the quality and you can be guaranteed that when you hit a pad, the kit recognises it as opposed to the actual Rock Band pads which are painfully temperamental. I personally have mine set up on an ironing board at home but if you have an existing Rock Band kit i've heard of people just sticking them on top of those for great results. I've been playing these non stop for a month with no problems-with the exception of the sticks which are now taped together-and wouldn't even mind if they broke now as a replacement is so affordable. With regards to the sticks you could probably buy a light set of drumsticks but covering the part in the middle (they screw together) with duct tape did the trick for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2009
I have never ever played a guitar hero or rockband game before. But I saw these drums for dirt cheap and thought I would give it ago. Well I have played Rockband Beatles and Guitar Hero World Tour and there great I love them. Only fault I have with this drum kit is the kick pedal moves a lot which can be annoying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2011
When I saw the price I had to give these drums a try. These are my first drums but I have previously used my friends official drums and I have to say, the proper kit is easier to use. This is because you have to set these up on a table, and have a tendency to slide across the table top. Also, the attack angle on the drums is different; because the drums are flat, you have to strike the pads at a bore angular position, which is annoying at first but you get used to it. However these two faults are made up by the price and portability. The full kit dominates the living room, whereas these pack away quickly and neatly. Ultimately it's down to what you want to spend but for a cheap option or if you don't use it that much, give these a try.
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