Simmons SD550 Electronic Drum Set with Mesh Pads (Discontinued)

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Street Price: 

$550
Simmons SD550 Electronic Drum Set with Mesh Pads

Specifications

  • 1 x 10" Dual-zone Mesh Snare Pad
  • 3 x 8" Dual-zone Mesh Toms
  • Kick pad with pedal
  • 10" Hi-Hat with pedal
  • 12" Ride Pad
  • 10" Crash Pad witch choke
  • SD550 Drum Module with 15 Drum Kits, 352 sounds, 2 Demo Songs

Gearank Recommendation

The SD550 was on our recommended list for Electronic Drum Sets Under $500 from September 2018 until October 2019 when it had been out-ranked by other models.

Overview

The most standout feature of the Simmons SD550 Mesh is its "tension-able" mesh heads that are designed to better replicate the bounce and feel of acoustic drums. This includes the 10" dual zone and dual-ply mesh snare, along with the 8" dual-ply mesh toms.

It also comes with a 10" hi-hat with pedal, kickpad with built-in kick pedal, a 12" ride cymbal, and a 10" crash cymbal with choke feature. All of these are used to trigger the SD550 drum module, which comes with 50 drum kits, 352 different drum sounds, 60 songs, 2 Demo Songs, VAR (Variable Attack Response) technology, 50 custom drum patterns and more.

This was on our recommended list until we undertook a major review of the category in October 2019, at which time we found there were more highly rated options available which we now recommend in our guide to Cheap Electronic Drum Sets.

Comments

I own this drum kit for use

I own this drum kit for use in our practice situation. I am not the drummer of my band but my drummer LOVES it so much that he is buying his own kit to practice on at home. It is a fantastic kit for what we use it for. I don't think that it would resist ALL of the tortures of playing out consistently but no equipment does. If you would be mindful of how you break it down and pack it away I think it would hold up just fine.