I myself am an edrummer, and this time last year I was unsure what kit to buy….Roland, Yamaha or Alesis.
I ended up going down the Simmons SD1000 6-Piece Electronic Drumset route. The reason that I bought this kit was because it is equipped with Variable Attack Response (V.A.R.) technology, the pads give the drummer more internal memory and intelligent sample triggering across 4 different velocity zones for each trigger input. The Simmons SD1000 itself uses 8 samples per trigger zone: 4 velocity zones, plus 2 alternating samples per velocity zone.
The result is natural dynamics, smooth decay times which eliminates artificial-sounding “machine gun” playback or ghost notes when playing rolls — true response between hard and soft strikes. It’s the most realistic sound and natural response ever from a Simmons electronic drum kit.
It really is fantastic with a large amount of high quality sounds and articulations, and is capable of doing pretty much everything that the high end Roland kits do.
The other reason that I got this kit from musciansfriend was because of the price and what you actually get for your money, which is the SD1000 sound module, nine S1000 series pads, new multi-position hi-hat controller, and an eye-catching anodized-blue rack.