Simmons SD550 Electronic Drum Set with Mesh Pads (Discontinued)
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.
- 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
Reviewers have mostly good things to say about the Simmons SD550 Mesh, and most of these good reviews are centered around the feel and playability of the mesh pads. Another commended trait of the SD550 Mesh is its intuitive drum module, which even instructors have commended as very easy to use yet versatile.
There are a few who are concerned about the proprietary wiring cable on this kit, some recommend careful handling, especially when breaking down or setting up the kit. Some experienced drummers are not happy with some of the sound options, but this is to be expected, given the price and the many different musical preferences that we all have.
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.