Drum Set Reviews
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The Pacific PDP X7 is PDP's answer to one question - "How big can we make a quality drum set that's affordable".
Here they have put together a big 100% maple 7-piece set complete with hardware and a choice of 8 laquered finishes, and all this for the price of a regular mid-level set. It sounds impressive!
For this review I've managed to get hold of a set including a 22"x18" bass drum, 14"x5" snare drum, with 8"x7", 10"x8", and 12"x9" rack toms, plus 14"x12" and 16"x14" floor toms. Plus, the 800 series hardware pack. Let's get them set up and try them out...
Like other Pacific sets, the X7 has been built in china to keep costs down, meaning a cheaper price for you and me. The shells have been made with 6 plies of 100% maple wood that looks to be fair quality and doesn't have any flaws.
The shell hardware doesn't look to shabby either. The lugs are similar to the nice looking oval-shaped lugs found on most DW sets, plus they are low-mass and only connect to the shell with a single bolt, helping to increase shell vibration.
Also, another welcome pro feature are the STM tom mounts that hold the rack toms in place by attaching to the lugs, leaving the shell untouched. And yep, you guessed it! That means better shell resonance and a better quality sound. Cool.
Other nice features on the X7 include the True-Pitch tuning rods fitted on all drums (another great DW feature). These have super fine threads that allow you to get very accurate tunings that will stay in tune longer. Also, it's good to see that the bass drum claws are lined with rubber to stop them from scratching the wooden bass drum hoops.
But, one of the most suprising things is that Pacfic drums have been able to offer some beautiful laquered finishes for the X7, instead of just basic wrap finishes. Normally you'd only get laquered finishes on sets costing much more, so this is awsome!
The options include Blue Sparkle Fade, Gold/Black Sparkle Fade, Purple Sparkle Fade, Orange Sparkle, White Pearlescent and more. The Gold/Black Sparkle on the review set was pretty tasty, there were no flaws and it looked stella on the stage.
The 800 series hardware pack that came with the set has a snare stand, hi-hat stand, bass drum pedal, straight cymbal stand and a boom cymbal stand. Pretty standard really.
PDP say it's 'medium duty', and after putting it through its paces i'd say it'll probably last longer than you do! The stands all work really well and are double braced, and even the bass drum pedal puts in a solid performance.
What I like about the set is that it manages to not only look like a more expensive set, it sounds like it too. 7 drums is a lot for a budget set, so you'd be forgiven for thinking that at least one of them is going to be a let down. But, I was pleasantly suprised. All the maple shells deliver a warm, resonant sound that sings out clearly.
Ok, how's the snare drum? Well, cheaper snare drums like this are often a bit disapointing and can rattle, buzz, and be generally awkward to get a good sound from. But, that wasn't the case here. The snare gives a bright, clean attack that projects well, and it's sensitive to the slightest touch with the sticks.
Grace notes, rolls, and buzz strokes, whatever you throw at the drum it all sounds clear and precise. There are better snare drums you can buy of course, but for this price it's suprisingly good.
Thanks to PDP's F.A.S.T sized tom shells (shallow depths), the toms give a very quick and punchy attack that decays quickly - ideal for rock, funk, and fusion. But, the depth and warmth of the maple is there too which fattens up the sound.
The Bass drum keeps the ball rolling by delivering plenty of depth and power thanks to the big size, plus it has a tight, warm response that's pleasing to hear.
PDP throw in a bass drum pillow with the drum that fits perfectly inside, touching both the batter and resonant heads. It's a cool addition and it helps focus the sound of the drum and get a bit more attack from it.
Thankfully, tuning all those drums on the PDP X7 isn't as much work as you might think. As the toms are shallower sizes, they are easier to tune, plus they are 2 inches apart in diameter so you can get a clear, seperate note from each of them.
At lower tunings the snare drum sounds ok, but it really comes into its own at higher tunings as is usually the case with 5" deep snares. Lastly, the bass drum offers a wide range of tuning options, but I liked it best at a lower tuning where that deep-end power really kicks in.
If I had to sum up the X7 in 3 words, i'd say - quality, quantiy, and affordability. PDP have put together a set that looks great, sounds great, and offers a lot more than you'd normally get at this price level.
If you tried to buy a 7-piece 100% maple drum set with hardware, laquered finishes, and plenty of higher-end features from just about any other manufacturer, you'd be spending a lot more than you would on this set. This set offers super value - no doubt!
Any downsides? The bass drum pedal is just ok, but i'd probably upgrade it at some point. This is just a small thing really, and I guess it's because i'm very particular when it comes to bass drum pedals. Considering you're getting this drum set for a bargain price, I wouldn't be too worried about it.
What about the price? Thanks to this set being manufactured in china, the costs have been kept down so you can get it at an absolute bargain price. Where's the cheapest place to buy it? Here's the cheapest site i've found. They usually have the lowest price and sometimes free delivery too, so I recommend checking them out for the best deal!
The final word: the PDP X7 offers a 100% maple 7-piece drum set, complete with hardware and a choice of quality laquered finishes, all at a bargain price. Need I say more...
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