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So you've got this new e-drum kit and you want a speaker to go with it?

The drum amp strikes the perfect balance between volume and convenience for those times you just want to be untethered from your headphones and play in your space.

In fact, playing e-drums through loudspeakers is part of the complete experience with them, you just haven't gotten the most joy out of your drums if you've never given it a shot.

Let's take a look at the highest rated electronic drum monitors in the market today based on the careful research we've compiled and processed with the Gearank algorithm.

The Highest Rated Electronic Drum Amps

Author & Contributors

Alden Acosta Alden Acosta

I'm a drummer and former lead guitarist of the band Callalily, a platinum selling multi-awarded band from the Philippines. When not researching gear I'm learning to play bass.

Donner DA-35


91 out of 100. Incorporating 300+ ratings and reviews.

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Donner DA-35 35-Watt Electronic Drum Amplifier With Bluetooth

Starting our list we have the Donner DA-35 coming in at 35 watts, the lowest watt amp currently on our recommended list.

This has been receiving a lot of favorable feedback regarding its convenient size, weight, and versatility. When doing the research for this drum amp I found that the Donner DA-35 has what it takes to hang with the big brands.

Donner has had their share of highly rated affordable gear making it into our lists over here at Gearank and its easy to see why. They often pack a lot of value into their products to make up for being a relatively lesser known brand and are steadily gaining a good reputation for that.

A small well-appreciated touch for beginners is the included cable to connect to your e-drums, while most drum amps will only come with the power cord, Donner chooses to give you one less thing to worry about.

This amp is big on the flexibility with its Bluetooth mode for audio playback and DI out for connecting to external active speakers or PA systems.


  • Inputs & Outputs: x1 mic/line, x1 line, x1 aux, x1 headphone out, D.I. out.
  • Bluetooth Capability: Music playback from external device
  • Output Power: 35 Watts
  • Weight and Size: 17.6 lbs, 13.78" x 11.02" x 11.02"
  • Driver and Speaker Size: 2" Tweeter, 8" Woofer

Donner DA35 Control Panel

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The main 2 reoccurring positives about this drum amp are its price and versatility. A notable highlight is its Bluetooth capability with playback controls which are conspicuously missing from even some of the more pricier options. Despite it being the cheapest choice currently on our list, it packs a lot of features and can even be a small all-rounder PA system for occasional small get-togethers.


This drum amp might not be loud enough for most gigs but the most intimate ones such as an informal jam-along in the living room, this is geared more towards practice and home use. You will need to buy a separate XLR-Female to 1/4" Male adapter to use it with professional microphones.


If you want a practice amp that's packed full of features but is light in both weight and price, this one should be your pick of the lot. Just don't expect its sound to fill a stadium and you should be alright.

Carlsbro EDA 50


92 out of 100. Incorporating 70+ ratings and reviews.

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Carlsbro EDA 50 Electronic Drum Amp

The Carlsbro EDA-50 is an interesting one.

As of writing this article update, it's out of stock in many online retailers which may be a testament to its popularity but also might just be a supply chain and distribution quirk. But still, it's rated highly enough and by enough people to garner a spot on this list. And it has done so for 3 straight Editions!

Editor's Note: there may be some available at Sam Ash when Amazon is sold out.

Despite its 50W rating and 10" bass driver there were a few who found the volume level to still be lacking but usable enough to be an onstage e-drum monitor.

Its tonal options are quite versitile sporting a 3-band equalizer great for tweakers and most will find 3 knobs more than enough to find the right sound especially when you do most of the fine-tuning inside your e-drum brain.

The Donner edges it out in versatility with its dedicated mic/line switch, Bluetooth and separate volume knobs for each channel allowing it to double up as a simple PA system for singing and other instruments in a pinch but those extra 15 watts in the EDA-50 might make all the difference when it comes to being loud enough for your specific application.

Users praise its uncolored sound resolution allowing them to shape their sounds on headphones and get an accurate representation of their settings when they play on this drum amplifier.


  • Inputs & Outputs: x2 Drum input (left/mono, right), x1 aux , x1 line, x1 headphone out
  • Bluetooth Capability: None
  • Output Power: 50 Watts
  • Weight and Size: 34 lbs, 15” x 14” x 16”
  • Driver and Speaker Size: 1 x 10" Woofer, 1 x 2" Tweeter

Carlsbro EDA 50 Control Panel

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The EDA-50 sounds great according to many owners, accurately representing what their e-kit sounds like in their headphones without any nasty surprises. This amplifier is more on the affordable side and represents good value for money considering it's built by a company that has specialized in amplification since 1959.


Availability might be a factor since It seems to be more available from UK based sites which is not too surprising considering Carlsbro is a British brand. Some found it to be heavier than expected but where one person sees bulkiness, another sees build quality and solid construction.


If you're going more for sound and build quality over bells-and-whistles on a budget, the Carlsbro EDA-50 is worth considering especially if you can find it for a good deal...or find it at all.

Alesis Strike Amp 8


92 out of 100. Incorporating 375+ ratings and reviews.

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Alesis Strike Amp 8 Drum Amplifier

Alesis is one of the market leaders in electronic drums and drum amplification as well.

The Strike 8 is a powerhouse garnering strong ratings signifying a high level of user satisfaction and approval across the market and is making its appearance in this guide for the 3rd edition now.

Its 2000 watts peak and 1000 watts continuous is a significant jump from the amps that come before it on this list. This translates into louder volume entering stage use territory where it's getting to a level where I would comfortably use this in a gigging situation.

This has more input options sporting 2 XLR/TRS combo jacks with independent volume controls and a clip indicator to ensure you are within a safe volume range.

This amp also comes with a nifty contour switch that gives you the option of a flat sound or an exciting "V" shaped sound accentuating the lows and highs for maximum impact. Though some might prefer the more traditional 3-band EQ, this is a welcome addition.

With only a small bump in price compared to our prior products you get a whole lot of amp with its high wattage and a big step up in perceived quality and fit and finish.

It might be hampered by its 8" woofer that might not be big enough to reproduce the very low frequencies of some drum modules, but is good enough for basic rehearsal and monitoring duties. If this is a major deal breaker for you, skip straight to the Strike 12.

Its cabinet design allows it to be positioned in multiple ways: as a wedge for personal monitoring, vertically to shoot the sound at band members and even on a pole for projection to an audience during show time.


  • Inputs & Outputs: 2 x XLR/TRS 1/4-inch combo inputs, 1 x XLR line out
  • Bluetooth Capability: None
  • Output Power: 2000 Watts Peak / 1000 Watts Continuous
  • Weight and Size: 20.2 lbs, 17.1” x 10.1” x 9.6”
  • Driver and Speaker Size: 8" Woofer, 1 x 1.4" Tweeter

Alesis Strike Amp 8 Control Panel

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Being positioned squarely at the mid-point in terms of price on our recommended list, you're getting a great balance of power, price, portability and quality. I especially appreciate the ability to pole mount it because having the tweeters at ear level is to me a much better sound experience and yet the option to use it as a wedge is also good to have depending on your space situation.


Although possibly being due to it being geared towards more professional use cases, I am missing the Bluetooth capability found in the much cheaper Donner DA-35. Also, a more customizable EQ setup would be more useful in gigging situations where the room response tends to vary between venues.


The Strike 8 is a great option for practice and some light gig use if you don't need that much low end.

Roland PM-100


93 out of 100. Incorporating 325+ ratings and reviews.

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Roland PM-100

Roland and Alesis are perennial competitors in the electronic drum market and its no surprise that both companies occupy multiple spots on our recommended list.

While Roland remains to be the brand to beat when it comes to most things electronic drums, Alesis has one-upped it in the drum amp department with its Strike 12 garnering the highest Gearank Rating of this edition. Still, the PM-100 is no slouch with its lower price point and share of users who swear by its performance and build quality.

The PM-100 sports an even more spartan tone shaping configuration with just 2 knobs that control the treble and the bass, but along with its separate inputs for your e-drums and 2 sizes of line input jacks for play-along, this is enough for most people's practice set up.

Although only pumping out 80 watts, this drum monitor has respectable and lauded bass probably due to its relatively big 10" woofer especially compared to the Strike 8.

If you're jonesing for more watts, the PM-200 might be better suited for you.


  • Inputs & Outputs: 1/4-inch Stereo phone type V-Drums INPUT, 1/4-inch Line-in Stereo phone type, 1/8-inch Stereo miniature phone type
  • Bluetooth Capability: None
  • Output Power: 80 Watts
  • Weight and Size: 29 lbs, 20.2 lbs, 15-5/16" x 16-1/16" x 13-15/16"
  • Driver and Speaker Size: 1 x 10" Woofer, 1 x 2" Tweeter

Roland PM-100 Control Panel

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It started gaining a lot of positive reviews immediately upon its release, and that's a trend that has continued over time, particularly in relation to sound quality. Reviewers mentioned it's loud enough, provides great response notably in the bass region and authentic reproduction of their drum kit. The construction overall is high grade and durable as expected from Roland.


Some say this isn't loud enough for gigging - if you play in a loud band then this probably won't be loud enough for you. There are a few reports of the tweeters failing within a year - something to consider if you like to drive your amp hard. It's not cheap, although you do tend to pay a premium for the Roland brand, this usually translates to great quality and a high level of customer satisfaction over features and spec sheet.

I would find 80W generally not suitable for a lot of gigs and its lack of more granular EQ controls might put some people off.


Although lacking some fancy features such as Bluetooth and is not exactly stylish, this does the job and it does it well. Many users are satisfied with their purchase. This is a choice definitely worthy of the Roland name.

Alesis Strike Amp 12


94 out of 100. Incorporating 500+ ratings and reviews.

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Alesis Strike Amp 12 Drum Amplifier
At publication time this was the Highest Rated Drum Amplifier - For the third Edition in a row!

Now we come to the Alesis Strike 12, this year's highest rated drum amplifier…again.

Sharing a lot of what's good with the Strike 8, the Strike 12's larger woofer size serves as the breakaway feature that helped it edge out the Strike 8 by 2 whole Gearank Rating points with many recommending this over the Strike 8 for the bigger speaker alone.

This features the same great build quality of the Strike 8, XLR output for chaining with a second drum amp or external mixer and clip indicator that lets you know when things are about to get distorted.

The Strike 12 just might be the best choice for the discerning e-drum player of 2022.


  • Inputs & Outputs: 2 x XLR/TRS 1/4-inch combo inputs, 1 x XLR line out
  • Bluetooth Capability: None
  • Output Power: 2000 Watts Peak / 1000 Watts Continuous
  • Weight and Size: 35.12 lbs , 23.76" x 13.68" x 13.92"
  • Driver and Speaker Size: 1 x 12" Woofer, 1 x 1" Tweeter

Alesis Strike Amp 12 Control Panel

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Although Alesis chose to promote the amp's peak power rating instead of the more common continuous rating for pro gear, many users report it being loud enough to play with a band and even use no additional amplification in small venues. One user even said he used it as a monitor for an outdoor events successfully. Owners say that it does a good job of providing the low end punch needed for kick sounds while still producing crisp highs on cymbals. Satisfied user reports come from owners of all brands of electronic drums, but particularly Alesis and Roland players. It's a perfect mating of lots of power and big woofer size. If an extended low end is important to you, this is the one. Like the Strike 8, this can be positioned and many different ways and will serve multiple needs from the house, to rehearsal space, to stage.


It has no forward facing controls, they are on the back of the amp, so it can't be adjusted as easily as some other drum monitors while playing, so if you want to adjust the volume you'll have to do it in between songs. If you're going for a more compact setup, this might not be your first choice. This shares the limited EQ options of the Strike 8 with only a contour switch.


This drum amp has garnered this season's highest Gearank Rating and that certainly is an indicator of user approval. It would be hard to go wrong with the current king. Highly recommended.

Roland PM-200


92 out of 100. Incorporating 100+ ratings and reviews.

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Roland PM-200 Drum Amp / Personal Monitor

Now we come to our last and highest priced contender, the behemoth Roland PM-200. Like the Strike 12, this sports a 12" woofer for deep lows.

It's pricier than the Strike 12 again possibly due to the brand cache that Roland has. But still this is an excellent alternative with a lot of power and low end.

The Strike 12 has more features and flexibility which might explain the slightly higher Gearank score.

The Roland is also heavier.

With its 2 XLR direct outputs you can go straight to house or into a audio interface while monitoring with the PM-200 in all its glory.

This drum amp has enough juice to handle a jam session with a bass player plugged into the line input while you are going through the "V-Drums" input demonstrated here:

Just make sure that your bass player has a way to convert his instrument level output into a line output (more on this here), a Bass Preamp will do the trick if needed.

Boasting excellent sound quality, this features the same simple configuration as the PM-100 with a basic 2-band EQ but with 180 watts instead of 80.


  • Inputs & Outputs: 1/4-inch Stereo phone type V-Drums INPUT, 1/4-inch Line-in Stereo phone type, 1/8-inch Stereo miniature phone type
  • Bluetooth Capability: None
  • Output Power: 80 Watts
  • Weight and Size: 46 lbs 5 oz, 18-1/16" W x 18-1/2" D x 16-9/16" H
  • Driver and Speaker Size: 12" Driver, 1" Tweeter Horn

Roland PM-200 Control Panel

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Most user reviews are very positive. The quality and clarity of the sound have received positive feedback with reports of it having clarity right across the frequency spectrum. Most people that talk about its low frequency response say it's surprisingly good for a 12" woofer with great headroom. It's dependable and proven evidently by making its way onto this recommended list no less than 4 times.


A small number of owners say that the 12" woofer isn't quite big enough to produce as much bottom-end as they would like. This probably depends on the style of music played and how much it relies on big thumping sounds.


This is a premium choice that works especially well if you have a set of Roland V-Drums as this was specifically optimized to that sound profile. If you want the beefiest Roland drum monitor out there, you're going with the PM-200.

Quiet Practice Option - Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x


94 out of 100. Incorporating 25550+ ratings and reviews.

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Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones

My drum monitors of choice for practice are the Audio Technica M50x headphones.

Although I'd love to have an amplifier for my e-drums (The Strike 12 is my personal recommendation), restrictions in sound, space and budget has relegated that dream a bit further out into the future for me.

Good thing I have my Audio Technica M50x, a multi-purpose pair of headphones that excel in non-critical monitoring situations such as tracking and playing my Yamaha DTXpress E-kit.


  • Driver Size: 45 mm
  • Frequency Response: 5 Hz to 35 kHz
  • Impedance: 80 Ohms
  • Sensitivity: 96 dB
  • Max Input Power: 100 mW
  • Weight: 270g without cable (0.55 lbs)
  • Connectivity: 3m coiled cable with a gold plated 1/8" plug and 1/4" adapter.


They are foldable, easy to store, and have relatively good sound isolation due to them being a closed-back, and they come with lots of detachable wire options and a storage pouch.


Alden's M50x - Gearank
The faux leather on the earcups has started to peel off which is not uncommon (I have a pair of Sennheiser HD 569's that are suffering the same fate) possibly due to the humid, tropical climate of where I live.


For those who can't afford a drum amp or have extra sensitive neighbors, the M50x is a decent, quiet option.

For other suitable headphones, do check out our guide to Closed Back Headphones.

Things To Consider When Buying A Drum Amp

Number & Type of Inputs & Outputs

This determines the flexibility of your setups. XLR or Balanced Inputs are better for electronic drums and keyboards. Another common input is the AUX input where you can send your play-along music to. Having lots of different inputs and outputs allows you to plug different sound sources into your amp and send out that audio into mixers, audio interfaces and sometimes other, bigger speakers for performance use.

Bluetooth Capability

This is a feature I'd like to see more often. Bluetooth is often relegated to playback duties and not for playing completely wirelessly. I'd like to see more truly wireless options but drumming requires a very low latency connection to feel even barely decent and we might not be there yet tech wise.

Output Power (watts)

This can determine how loud it gets. But it's not always that simple.

More technical people would explain that Watts are more the measurement of electrical power that gets converted to sound power depending on efficiency (some energy is wasted, turning into heat). Unfortunately manufacturers can be less than transparent when stating the output power of their amps. There is a difference between peak power and continuous power that they sometimes don't specify - Peak can only be used for a short time, while the lower rated continuous is the actual power level you can play at consistently without overheating or distortion. But still generally, anything below 100 watts is meant for personal monitoring and anything above that should give you the power for bigger spaces and louder bandmates! Sometimes a low watt amp can go loud but it will start to sound distorted at a lower volume. Great for electric guitar, nasty for e-drums and keyboards.

Weight and Size

There is usually a tradeoff in weight and size to power and volume. Loud and light is not usually a combination that goes together, but other things can factor in on this such as build quality and materials used.

Driver and Speaker Size

The woofer size determines the bass response, how low your amp can "sing" the low frequncies, while the tweeter size is less relevant as they're generally sized correctly for the high frequencies. It's good to have both a woofer and a tweeter with electronic drums being full-range instruments capable of both the very high for the cymbals and snare overtones and the very low for bass drum and floor tom.

Best Drum Amplifier Selection Methodology

The first Edition was published in 2017 and the current Edition was published on April 12, 2022.

We started by looking at all of the drum amps listed by music gear retailers in the USA. And for this April 2022 Edition, we ended up short-listing 19 of the most promising options for detailed analysis - see the list in the Music Gear Database. We then gathered and analyzed over 2,650 customer and expert reviews as well as forum discussions, and all these data were fed into the Gearank Algorithm to produce rating scores out of 100 for each one in order to select the highest rated amps to recommend above. Like what we normally do, we've also included summaries of what the market considers as the pros and cons for each of the top rated drum amps. For more information about our methods see How Gearank Works.

About the Author and Contributors

Here are the key people and sources involved in this guide's production - click on linked names for information about their music industry backgrounds.

Lead Author & Researcher

Alden Acosta Alden Acosta

I'm a drummer and former lead guitarist of the band Callalily, a platinum selling multi-awarded band from the Philippines. When not researching gear I'm learning to play bass.

The drumming gear I use includes Zildjian Cymbals, Gretsch Drums (acoustic), Yamaha electronic drum set, Evans Heads, Pearl Hardware and Vic Firth Sticks and Earplugs.


Alexander Briones: Supplemental writing.
Denise Azucena: Supplemental writing.
Jason Horton: Editing and Illustrating.


Main/Top Image: Created by using a photographs of the Roland PM-100, Alesis Strike Amp 12 and Donner DA-35.

The individual product images were sourced from websites, promotional materials or supporting documentation provided by their respective manufacturers.

The video has been embedded in accordance with YouTube's Terms of Service.


Hi. In late 2019 you removed

Hi. In late 2019 you removed the ddrums and kat amps, but I still see them in the list above. Does this mean they were added back to the list? Thanks!

We currently don't have any

We currently don't have any amps from Ddrums in the recommended list above.

The KAT Percussion KA2 was removed from the recommended list also - it's a different model to the KAT Percussion KA1 that we currently recommend.

Hi all, has anybody on this

Hi all, has anybody on this forum tried either the Alesis Strike amp 12-2000 or the Traynor DW10 drum amps? If so, what is your opinion on their respective sounds and features? THANKYOU!!!

The Alesis Strike Amp 12 is

The Alesis Strike Amp 12 is currently the highest rated option on the market, so that's the one I'd recommend you go with.

Unfortunately, although we did look at the Traynor DW10 for the update we published today, we weren't able to gather enough information about it to publish a rating or provide any useful advice about it. The little bit of feedback I've seen is very positive and it's on our short-list to be looked at again when we next update this guide.

Update: We have now published

Update: We have now published a rating for the Traynor DW10 - you can see it here.

It's not quite rated high enough for us to recommend it right now, but if the reviews continue to be positive it has a reasonable chance of receiving our recommendation in the future.

I'm looking to replace my

I'm looking to replace my Alesis Transactive Drummer with the Roland PM-200. The Alesis has the headphone jack input while the Roland does not. The headphone sound is great when plugged directly into the Alesis as opposed to the Roland TD-17 Module. How can I get that great sound via headphones directly from the PM-200

Many drum amps, including the

Many drum amps, including the PM-200, don't have a headphone out presumably because electronic drum modules do.

If you really wanted to, you could use the DI outs (XLR connectors), put them into a mixer, and take the headphone out from the mixer.

What is going on with the kat

What is going on with the kat 400 hd 2.1 percussion sound system i can't hardly find one to purchase and if I do find one is it a good choice for electronic drums,maybe it is not being made any more,would like to know the history,who makes it and where , I need help in making a decision on what to do please educate me

Read your comment from 2019.

Read your comment from 2019. I have the 400 watt Kat amp with satellites speakers. It is a great system for e drums, plenty loud and the system has plenty of controls to custom tailor your sound. In fact, with a mixer you can use it on acoustic drums and play cd's to play with, and it sounds like a live band. The only problem is that not shortly after I purchased mine, I believe they discontinued it, and only make the 200 watt version without satellites. It was expensive I guess, that is the only reason I can see. Keep checking around to find one, you won't be disappointed if you do



First of all, thanks for all the info - really interesting!

I have come accross the Roland CM-220, with a pair of satelite speakers.

Do you know this one? Do you have any opinions on it, please?

I want to use for small gigs with friends and the speakers do appeal to me since I can have more than one source of sound out of the speakers, in a way I can possibly direct them to me if needed.

Thank you so much!

Roland discontinued the CM

Roland discontinued the CM-220 Cube Monitor System a few years back so we haven't analyzed them for Gearank.

You can still get information about them from the Roland website.

Is it recommended to use

Is it recommended to use cross Brands for electronic drums and amplifiers? Say like the Roland TD-17KVX set with maybe a KAT 2 amplifier?

That's perfectly fine - you

That's perfectly fine - you don't need to use the same brand of amplifier and drum kit.

This is the worst list I've

This is the worst list I've ever seen. No mention about Simmons DA350, it smokes all of them. Although it's nothing to "write home to mom about". Drum amps are the most disappointing pieces of equipment in technology. In comparison to headphones the sounds through an amp sound laid-back in a background (very flat and muffled. The sound needs to be brought more forward. Sounds like wet ass-slap. Snares do not sound good at all. Very disappointing to say the least. That's the reality of "drum amps".

funny how you picture a

Funny how you picture a Simmons DA200S in your front page intro and then don't include it in the list of top amps.

Thanks for pointing that out.

Thanks for pointing that out.

The image was only meant to illustrate the theme of the guide rather than the content, but I see your point so I've updated the image.

I have a alesis crimson 2

I have a alesis crimson 2 electronic drum kit. Will the Rolland pm 200 reproduce a good solid rock sound.?

I have checked the latest

I have checked the latest reviews and although I didn't see anyone who said they used this amp with the Alexis Crimson, most people only had good things to say about the amp including several who said the Roland PM-200 is better than amps they've used from other brands, so I would think it would be a good option for rock sounds.

I use a pair of Mackie Thump

I use a pair of Mackie Thump 15" speakers and am still looking at adding a 15" subwoofer. Plus you don't use a monitor with Edrums you use reasonable headphones, not great ones as they may be too bassey. Playing live requires quality and quantity of sound if you want to replace the sound of an acoustic kit.

This sounds like the best

This sounds like the best option recreating the acoustic sound in the snare toms and cymbals is very important to me as its RnB hip hop i will definitely get a sub for those super low 808 as well

I am a Drum student and have

I am a Drum student and have Yamaha 450 digital drums, my children plays digital piano and have Yamaha Digital piano they are also into Vocals. Could you please recommend a Monitor to use for home usage to connect all these requirements, would the idea of all purpose will help and do you have any recommendations. Thanks in Advance.

If only one of you will use

If only one of you will use the amp at a time, then a basic Keyboard Amp like the Peavey KB 1 would be a cost effective solution.

If you all want to play through it at the same time, then a multi channel amp like the Behringer K450FX will let you do that but both the electronic drums and digital piano will only be able to provide a mono signal.

If you all want to play at the same time and in stereo, then a small PA system like the Behringer PPA500BT will do the job.

I agree the Simmons DA200S is

I agree the Simmons DA200S is by far the best amp choice. I solved the weight problem by adding set of swiveling castors to the bottom using bolts into T nuts. Works great.

I bought the Simmons DA200s,

I bought the Simmons DA200s, because of all the positive comments I read, but never actually heard it. It is a solid and great sounding amp, but tried to use it to practice with my band, and it just wasn't loud enough to keep up. Great amp to use by yourself or use it as a monitor in a band situation.

Thank you for the review!

Thank you for the review! This was very in depth and enlightening. The "Things to consider..." section was very valuable. Thanks again!!!