My “new” Roland TD-20

As a loyal V-drumtips follower, you might have noticed that I still have a Roland TD-9 module in all videos. I could never find a good reason to upgrade my module, until recently. I saw one of these offers at a buy and sell platform here in Ireland that seemed too good to be true. A second hand Roland TD-20 drum set in really good condition and with many accessories for only 1750€. These kind of offers is usually published by scammers, since such a price is way too low for this drum kit.

Here are some details:

  • A full Roland TD-20 6 piece drum set with all original components
  • TDW-20 update for the Module
  • An additional PD-105 mesh pad + original mount
  • 1 additional Roland CY-12 R/C
  • 2 additional Roland CY-8
  • Hihat stand, snare stand and bass drum pedal including case
  • the box MA1220 MKII Monitor

A standard Roland TD-20 has still a value of 2500-3000€, without any extras. However, I made an offer and got this kit delivered to my home. The person who was selling it was really friendly and everything else than a scammer. He treated the kit very good and even gave me a box of cables.

The mesh heads were a bit dirty and the cymbals cried for some Dr.Kredo. But no problem, I am the king of cleaning mesh heads. The only piece, that was missing, is the original VH-12 hi-hat rotation clamp. Everything else was original. Another little flaw is the well known “TD-20 LCD Screen issue”. It is not disturbing me enough to buy a replacement screen for 80€. I guess the kit is 6-8 years old.

This is a photo of all standard components. I only set up the original parts.

I soon figured out that I do not need the speaker monitor and managed to sell it together with the 2 CY-8 pads immediately for 200€, which decreases my spendings for the TD-20 to 1550€, for such this awesome high end kit. Unbelievable!

The TD-20 itself is great, the VH-12 hi-hat is more realistic than the VH-11, through to its pressure sensor and the big CY-14 Crashes give it an awesome look. I also love the rack that allows you to hide the cables by leading them through.

The module itself is much better than the TD-9, even though I was saying that there is no need to upgrade. I am fully aware that this might have been a luxury upgrade, but this module is just so much better than the mid-level TD-9. It has more adjustment options for triggers, Positional Sensing and really important, a volume adjustment for “Mix In” Audio. This way I could get rid of the mixing desk from my original setup. I also know that no one needs 5 crash cymbals, but an enormous amount of trigger inputs has been just great and I would not want to go back to a “limited inputs module”.

Within the last 3 months, I sold almost all components that I did not need, partly from my old setup and also from the TD-20. This way I did make the entire amount of money I’ve spend back. Every single cent!

I got this upgrade basically for free:

The secret is to wait for a good moment and have enough money ready to buy. I see these kind of offers every now and then. I just missed another good one before. Some people sell these kits cheaply without knowing their value or because they need money quick. This is the best chance to get a high-end kit for a very good price. And the best thing: These kits do almost not loose their value anymore. So the chances are quite high to cope back everything you spend, in case you decide to get rid of it.

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