I bought these for my boyfriend for Xmas and he absolutely loves them! He hasn't stopped playing them, thank god for the headphone socket which means he can play to his hearts content. Would recommend to anyone.
Pam, London - 4th January 2011
I don't know about the actual product layout, but the image at the top of the page does indeed show the hi-hat in the wrong place for a right handed drummer, it should be on the left of the player, beside the snare.
The cymbal highlighted in green on the diagram at the top is actually a ride XD.
Matt Taylor, Milton Keynes - 25th November 2009
Just ordered these...
i play drums a little bit but can't afford to buy a real silent drum kit.
Actually, I think, if the price was say even 60 pounds, but the sticks were much more accurate or had features like changing the layout of the drum set, it would be still worth it, and I'd actually buy those. . But still, looks fun!
Evgeny, England - 22nd November 2009
Despite of what others say, the hi-hat is not on the wrong side of the drum kit. In your left hand you have the hi-hat, high tom and crash cymbal, in your right hand the snare, ride and low tom.
I like the toy but in my opinion it could be fine tuned better. Sometimes it will play the snare drum more then you actually strike it.
Teiz, Amsterdam - 3rd June 2009
These are great fun - as someone else said remember they are a £20 toy, but still a lot better than most toys you might spend even £50 on for kids these days (possibly with the exception of some of Firebox's specials, of course!)
A word of warning though, I think these are actually harder to play than a real drum kit (imagine playing blindfolded while someone moves the drums around) because the sound depends on how you move the sticks, not actually where in the air you hit them and they take a lot of getting used to.
Even if you're an experienced drummer, don't expect to play like the guys in the video after five minutes - I bet they practiced for days...
That said - best £20 I've spent in ages. These would make a nifty little present for someone just starting to learn to play to practice the basics at home without driving parents and neighbours insane. In fact, once you got used to these, a real drum kit might be a doddle to play.
The "melodies" it comes with and the attempts at different sounding kits are rubbish, but I do like the colourful glowy lights :P The free-play mode is really all you need.
It is quite easy to get tangled in the wires, so I'd recommend tucking the wires down your trouser/jeans legs to save yourself an injury. You also need to be quite gentle with clips on the backs of the pedals - if you break them you essentially have no bass drum/hi-hat. I found it worked quite well wearing thin slippers or looped over my shoelaces (it doesn't work just clipped to socks).
I love them.
Laura, Merseyside - 16th March 2009
This is absolutely smashing. I got this for my daughter, but good job I didn't tell her about it.. Now it's MY toy.
Well actually, scrap that, it's not a toy at all. I managed to get into the rhythm with quite a good number of songs (mostly rock ballads since I love Metal!)
I connected the headphone socket to my beloved NAD amplifier and the sound is absolutely awesome! Deep bass and crisp highs...
Take it from me...worth every penny.
Chris Grillo, MALTA! - 26th February 2009