Sabian Quiet Tone Practice Pad - Drum Review
Practice pads are a drummer’s best friend for improving their stick rudiments. Having so many different pads on the market today, its hard to chose the right one. So how does The Sabian Quiet Tone pad stack up compared to the others? Let's find out!
Is The Quiet Tone A Drum Or Practice Pad?
The first thing anyone will notice with this pad is how much it resembles a real drum head. In fact, the pad pretty much is a drum. It comes sporting an actual drum head, as well as a real rim with lugs. The Pad acts like a real drum in most aspects, allowing you to change the skin if it becomes too marked up. This can come in handy if you have owned the pad for a long time, just change the head and it looks like new again.
The beauty of using this drum like pad is it comes equipped with 4 non-stick rubber legs on the bottom. This allows it to be placed right on top of your actual snare or other drum without it moving around. Another plus to the real drum feel, is being able to use the rim. Most pads do not have the rim. It’s nice to have the option of practicing rim shots as well as other rudiments. The only problem with having a practice pad like this is the size and weight of it. I find transporting it around and storing it to be a bit of a nascence. I already own a full size drum kit; my practice pad should be small and portable, unlike the Quiet tone.
Sabian Quiet Tone
As for rebound and sound, the Quiet tone delivers. Having a real drum head with a rubber base, the rebound is fairly decent. Although there are other pads that have a lot better bounce, the amount in the Quiet Tone really imitates a drum. With a name like
Quiet tone, you would think it to be nice and quiet. However, this is not the quietest drum pad out there. This being due to the size, and surface of the pad. Don’t get me wrong, this pad will not wake your neighbors, it is still soft enough to enjoy. Also, keep in mind the noise the rim will make if you accidentally hit it from time to time.
All in all the Sabian Quiet Tone is a great pad for those who want the real drumming experience. The real feel of the pad and the looks of the pad are great! However, the versatility of this pad is lacking. Transporting and storing this practice pad can cause some annoyance. Available at most retail music stores, this pad will go for about 40-60 dollars. Which is, in my opinion, a decent price for a decent practice pad!
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