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[Costco] Yamaha electronic Drum Kit with chair (DTX-432) -$649.99

I've been looking for a drum kit for beginners recently; Apparently, the 3 competitive brands are Alesis Nitro Mesh, Yamaha DTX 402K and Roland (pricier).

Costco has a special buy discount on this drum set that was last available august 2019 at this price.
costco-yamaha-dtx432-electronic-drums-650-2309268/

Basically, normal price is $829.99 for the costco Yamaha 432K drum set with drum chair (throne).

The 432K is a canadian costco exclusive which has a 402K ($599 @ cosmo music) + bass/foot pedal upgrade. It's missing the 3 zone snare of the 452k model ($799 @ cosmo music)

I'd love to hear actual drummers weigh in on this; but as a complete newb, it looks like a reasonable deal for starter drums.

I also researched this and you can upgrade the snare to the 3-zone yamaha upgrade for $89+ tax @ a later point if you wish making this kit equivalent to the 452 model.
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For a beginner set it looks like a good price. TBH though...after purchasing a roland kit with only a mesh snare, I don't think I would purchase any electric kit that wasn't full mesh. The lack shock absorption in the rubber pads (at least for me) makes the wrists sore when using proper technique within 30 minutes. I've rented budget yamaha kits in the past and they're OK, but, the samples if you decide to try and record one day are a bit cheesy and "cheap" sounding. On another hand, I do have one of the older alesis nitro kids with all rubber pads and they're much more forgiving compared to my roland kit. Best bet is to try and play one of the kits if possible before buying even if it is costco.
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I'm a total Noob as a drummer so take this with a grain of salt. I had done research back then for an affordable electronic drum kit and went with the Alesis Nitro Mesh @ 499$ on Amazon because the pads were all mesh. It makes a real nice difference when hitting the pads that make them feel more like a real drum pad. The sticks rebounds like a normal pad. The sound are rather limited though but it did the job for my rather limited experience. Winking Face
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Total noob as well but wanted to get into it and bought this from Costco for the same price in August last year. I truly enjoy it and have learned and made good progress self teaching via Youtube.
You can plug in your phone and play along your favorite tunes or drumless tracks. No complaints, would definitely buy again, mind you I haven't tried anything else.
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kleung21 wrote:

I also researched this and you can upgrade the snare to the 3-zone yamaha upgrade for $89+ tax @ a later point if you wish making this kit equivalent to the 452 model.
This one? https://cosmomusic.ca/pad-drum-yamaha-t ... r-pad.html
Anyone knows what this fine print means:
"The pad is divided into 3-zones and supports open and closed rimshots when used with a compatible DTX trigger input*"
Is it compatible with the Costco kit?
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cil254 wrote: This one? https://cosmomusic.ca/pad-drum-yamaha-t ... r-pad.html
Anyone knows what this fine print means:
"The pad is divided into 3-zones and supports open and closed rimshots when used with a compatible DTX trigger input*"
Is it compatible with the Costco kit?
Yup, OPs set is DTX.

edit - here's Yamana's website showing compatible accessories with OPs kit: https://usa.yamaha.com/products/musical ... oduct-tabs
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cil254 wrote: Awesome, thanks!
no problem. From that page, the Costco kit already has the KP65 upgrade (kick pad), which supports double bass.
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A fun way to learn to play is to hook up a Mad Catz MIDI adapter and play RockBand on a console with the drum set. I use the Wii version but also available on X360 PS3 and PS4.
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OP, have you looked on Kijiji or FB marketplace or any other selling platform? There are many parents who buy expensive instruments for their kids, only to gather dust. You can probably get much better kits (Roland) for cheaper and barely used. Just make sure that when you buy, the system is fully hooked up and all components are working. Also, getting a manual and receipt for warranty purposes will help. All you have to do is ask.
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Hey OP,

I have this exact kit (minus the throne) and have been playing it regularly for about 5 years. For a beginner/intermediate, I absolutely recommend it and this price is a great deal, especially with the throne. I paid about the same, but had to get my own throne. Based on the picture alone, I'd say don't expect much from the throne. It doesn't look very comfy, but I'm sure it will do the trick. The kit itself is great. Has held up very well for 5+ years of me bashing it, other than some slightly noticeable stick marks on the pads and cymbals it plays and feels the same as day 1. No issues at all with quality. The sound samples are also top notch from Yamaha. All their samples are true genuine sounds sampled from their acoustic kits. Roland's sounds samples are also very good, but you will notice a significant drop off in the Alesis sounds. I've played the Nitro Kit on many occasions (a buddy used to have it). The mesh heads were nice, albeit a bit flimsy feeling, no where near as nice as the Roland mesh heads, but admittedly nicer than the rubber pads. I also found the Nitro frame to be quiet flimsy. When really getting into a groove, the whole thing would shake and move. Cannot say the same about my DTX.

I don't have the 3-zone snare, but I did buy a 3rd symbol so I can have a dedicated ride with 2 crashes. Additional cymbal was about $110 and hooking it up was a breeze. What makes this entry level kit stand out is the App. There's a Yamaha DTX 400 app that allows you to fully customize any of the 10 preconfigured kits. Want to change the sensitivity of the snare? How long the crash rattles for? Maybe dampen the sound of the floor tom? No problem. The over 100 built-in drum samples can also be swapped really easily.

After 5 years the only thing I'd want to change about the kit is to have mesh heads. I've gotten really used to the rubber pads, so I really don't mind them, but it'd be nice to have a realer feel and quieter playing experience. The module is simple, but when paired with the Free App, it does everything I've wanted it to. I've also been able to record with this kit no problem. Downloaded Audacity, also free, and hooked everything up via Aux cables. I've believe there's also a way to record MIDI via USB, but I haven't needed to.

You won't find a better price than this. I haven't seen one in 5 years and musical equipment tends not to go on sale often or for much of a discount, if that helps.

If you have any other questions, fire away.
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OMG, this morning I saw your post OP, was not expecting to purchase a drum set... but I've always wanted to play drums and this actually may be a practical way and reasonably priced way for me to try it. So I couldn't resist and bought one! Seems like a decent deal. Now I just have to learn coordination...

Thanks
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StealthFinder wrote: OP, have you looked on Kijiji or FB marketplace or any other selling platform? There are many parents who buy expensive instruments for their kids, only to gather dust. You can probably get much better kits (Roland) for cheaper and barely used. Just make sure that when you buy, the system is fully hooked up and all components are working. Also, getting a manual and receipt for warranty purposes will help. All you have to do is ask.

I've bought used guitars and such from kijiji in the past. The only reason I hesitate with drums is 1) they literally take a beating so there's wear and tear; warranties don't usually transfer and 2) they seem to be overpriced / low number of listings.

Finally, since I'm not ever sure if I'll like it; the Costco satisfaction guarantee is of some value in this case. Both the Casio and Yamaha digital pianos I bought from Costco were good values in the end (kept both) and re-introduced us to the piano.

Hoping the drum set will lead us to another hobby.
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I started drums on a Yamaha kit very similar to this. I've long since upgraded (to a Roland TD9), but the Yamaha was a great beginner kit. I did end up replacing the snare pad with something better after a few months. The rubber pads are alright. Nothing special, but they do the job for the toms.

The only thing I'd suggest (as others have mentioned) is to look for a used one. There's always tons of this stuff on Craigslist (or whatever service is popular in your city).
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StealthFinder wrote: OP, have you looked on Kijiji or FB marketplace or any other selling platform? There are many parents who buy expensive instruments for their kids, only to gather dust. You can probably get much better kits (Roland) for cheaper and barely used. Just make sure that when you buy, the system is fully hooked up and all components are working. Also, getting a manual and receipt for warranty purposes will help. All you have to do is ask.
Another benefit of Costco is OP can return the kit if he/she finds it's not for them. I also had a kit of my own (no name brand) and it too collected dust...only because I got this and haven't looked back.

Smaller, portable, and the ability to download and integrate beats via USB. Customization is endless

https://www.amazon.ca/YAMAHA-DTX-MULTI- ... 138&sr=8-2
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Roland TD1-DMK owner since February* here... Its been a while since I've banged on a rubber snare, but I'd highly recommend you get a kit that has at least a mesh snare. However, given this $650-ish budget your only choice would be the Alesis Nitro mesh. I've never played on one but there's all sorts of positive reviews across the internet, so there's that.
* Before the TD1, did lots of drumming on Rock Band the game and Phase Shift (RB clone)

Regarding buying used : Roland has a great reputation for build quality and will take a beating. So buying a used Roland is less of a risk. Alesis, not so much.
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I somehow find it not right to abuse Costco's return policy, just because I did not "like" the item or it's not for me. The Costco return policy I think is there if the item is defective. My two cents but to each their own.
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kleung21 wrote: I also researched this and you can upgrade the snare to the 3-zone yamaha upgrade for $89+ tax @ a later point if you wish making this kit equivalent to the 452 model.
How to do that? Thanks.
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You just swap in the snare drum.

For the rubber, 3 zone snare $89
https://cosmomusic.ca/pad-drum-yamaha-t ... r-pad.html
=> basically upgrades you to the dtx452


I haven't done it but it should be plug and play.

For the "mesh" 3 zone snare yamaha branded from the 5 series, it's more expensive at $269
https://cosmomusic.ca/pad-drum-yamaha-x ... x-pad.html


BTW, the set arrived in 2 days. Easy set up and includes everything to start playing right away. Having fun with it so far.
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kleung21 wrote: For the "mesh" 3 zone snare yamaha branded from the 5 series, it's more expensive at $269
https://cosmomusic.ca/pad-drum-yamaha-x ... x-pad.html
Yup, that's the exact one I used with my Yamaha kit. It isn't a mesh pad (Yamaha uses something similar to mesh that isn't mesh), but I liked it enough that it's still in use years later as an extra pad on my Roland kit.

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