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First Impressions: Rock Band 2 Drum Kit

September 22nd, 2008 by Derrick Schommer · 3 Comments

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Many Rock Band fans are considering the new Rock Band 2 drum kit, but are on the fence as to making the buy on the product. Some people want to feel it out first, see if it holds up better than the last one and is worth the buy more than just for the lowered decibel ratings.

As a huge fan of Rock Band and the original drum kit, there is a few key elements that make this a must have product if you’ve got USD $90.00 to throw around. Besides the future extendability with the snares, this kit shows off a lot of “lessons learned” by Harmonix.

Have you played the Rock Band drums on a hardwood floor? A subtle update to this kit adds little rubber feet, which we didn’t find on the original kit, allowing the kit to stay stationary after a long hard beating rather than skipping across the floor with each kick. Much more professional and well thought out update.

Have you busted your kick pedal? They’ve re-enforced the pedals with this release with a plate, screwed down to the pedal and much more polished and professional than the wooden ones people (like us) were buying on eBay.

Less “Thwack.” There is no getting around the fact that a drum kit for under $3,000 is going to be a bit audible when it comes to the beat down. The difference between this kit and the original is noticeable. You’ll get a bit more “bassy” thump and less smacking sounds, which should help you focus on hard Who drum solos.

Wireless! The age of wireless is upon us. Why the original had a long dangling wire without a break-away cable is beyond me. This feature alone is priority one for us and probably anyone else with a drum kit in the middle of the room with toddlers or little kids.

New Look. The look is fresh dope; No, seriously, it’s a bit more black and mimics a few of the color designs of a professional drum kit with less options and less cost.

Will the drum set meet all of your desires? It’s a toy, that is not going to change. This kit is, however, a worthwhile upgrade for those that broke their old one, want something a bit quieter for when the spouse is sleeping or, much like us, love fresh new tech gadgets.

All of our initial complaints from the original drum kit were solved without us vocalizing our desire; someone must have been paying attention to play testers and the forums around the world. If you’re considering the upgrade for any of these reasons it’s definitely something to take a closer look into.

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Tags: Accessories · rock band · Sequels

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jonah FalconNo Gravatar // Sep 22, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    My Rock Band 1 drum kit hasn’t broken yet – but then again, I don’t abuse it :p

  • 2 Margo KernNo Gravatar // Oct 2, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Can you tell me the price of this Rock |Band Kit II in Europe???
    I would like to know it as here in Brasil it is around US$ 350,00.


  • 3 wilton @ to play drumsNo Gravatar // Jan 24, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Thanks for the great review of Rock Band 2 Drum Kit. I ended up buying this a couple of years ago and I still play with it from time to time. I’m looking forward to reading a lot more of your site in the future.

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