Since building this kit around 6 months ago my son has only played it occasionally, and only really when I've 'pushed' a bit to do so. He says he loves the kit but just didn't seem that interested in playing it. A few weeks ago that changed, something just 'clicked' I guess, and he's been playing every day, even before going to school in the morning he's asking if we can play drums when he gets home!! Instead of playing through the headphones, we have the kit running through a Roland PM10 amp, so he can enjoy making some noise, albeit a lot less than an acoustic kit. And he's been playing along to some of his favourites including the Oasis, Foo Fighters and the Alvin & the Chipmunks soundtrack!
Here is the finished
kit, in its 'e-kit' mode (without cables as I quickly set it up for
pics). I finished the wrap job by wrapping the hoops aswell, it was a
shame to cover the nice maple finish but personally I think it looks
more complete and professional with them wrapped. I also added the
Disney 'Cars' stickers to the front head, these were from a pack of
large stickers to decorate a kids room, but were the perfect size. The
snare stand was adapted to fit the 10" snare by bending the arms of the
cradle/basket double, using some molegrip pliers and brute force! Even
with the arms bent double, the rubber covers fitted over the ends so it
looks fine, and there was no need to purchase adaptors separately to
accomodate the smaller snare. The TD3 module has a metal bracket fitted
underneath, which is gripped by the multiclamp. Finished! Kit complete but shown without cables, and now has Roland cymbals.
The kit is very compact with only 3 'parts'.... The 16" bass with 10" mounted tom, and pedal. The snare stand holding the 10" snare, with the hi-hat cymbal mounted from the stand. And the cymbal stand on which the cymbal is mounted, aswell as the 12" tom, and the Roland TD3 module. Since I took the pictures the single zone cymbals have been replaced with dual zones, a Roland CY5 for hi-hat and CY8 for the crash-/ride. It's not perfect yet, it took a bit of playing around with the triggers and head tensions to get a good response through the module, and as I omitted a hi-hat controller pedal (to keep things simple) the hi-hat only has an open sound for now... or can be played with a ride sound. All in all though, I'm very happy with the way the kit turned out, and my son was delighted to receive it for his birthday! From the front, with Lightning Mcqueen on the bass head