Simmons SD550 Electronic Drum Set with Mesh Pads (Discontinued)

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73 out of 100. Incorporating 40+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$550
Simmons SD550 Electronic Drum Set with Mesh Pads

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 73/100 is based on analysis of 40+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

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.

Features:

  • 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

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Overall

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.