Donner DED-200 Mesh Head Electronic Drum Set
NB: Some retailers list this as an 8 piece kit because they count the cymbals, but it's actually a 5 piece kit.
The Donner brand is known for affordability, but it can be a hit or miss when it comes to quality.
The DED-200 5-pc set is a good example of what the company can do when they do things right, which is to keep the quality and features up, while keeping the price low.
It comes with features that you'd normally only find on more expensive kits, notable features include all-mesh heads and chokeable cymbals.
For the money it gives you three toms and a snare pad, all of which are dual zone, something that'll be hard to beat in its price range.
It also comes with a full complement of essential cymbals which include hi-hat, ride and crash pads.
There is even a small bass pad that you can trigger much like acoustic drums via the included kick pedal, and it has a dedicated foot controller for the hi-hat.
Finally, at the heart of this set is a drum module with over 225 sounds.
- Snare: 8" Snare (Dual Zone)
- Toms: 3 x 8’’ Toms (Dual Zone)
- Cymbals: 2 x 12’’ Ride & Crash Pads (Dual Zone)
- Hi-Hat: 10’’ Hi-Hat Pad (Dual Zone)
- Kick Pad: 8" Kick Pad with Kick Pedal
- Drum Stand: Foldable Rack
- Drum Module: DED-200 Module with
- Module Sounds: 225 timbres
- Extra Features: Dual Zone Pads, 30 demo Songs
- Module Inputs: 1/8" Audio Input
- Module Outputs: 1/4" Audio Output, 1/8" Headphones Out
- USB: Type B MIDI I//O
- Power Supply: 9V DC adaptor
- Dimensions: 28.74" x 32.28" x 15.75"
- Weight: 39.68 lbs.
"Great drum kit for the price" is a good summary of market sentiment towards the Donner DED-200. Owners are impressed with what they've got for the money - from its mesh heads, to its dual zone snare and cymbals, and it even has choke function. While most of the high ratings are from beginners, there are also many experienced drummers who have chimed in with their thumbs up, describing this kit as a good beginner kit. Good playing feel is also another one of its strengths as attested to by many users. Ease of use and setup, along with its versatile timbres also help it gain a lot of high ratings. Many also rate it highly for not looking cheap, and for feeling solid.
Some experienced drummers report that the set is not as sensitive to nuances in playing style as they had hoped, but they do commend it for being a basic practice kit for students. Some of the sound presets also prompted a few thumbs down.
With its dual zone pads and solid build, the Donner DED-200 is highly recommended as a beginner friendly affordable electronic drum set.
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Cheap Electronic Drum Set For Beginners.