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Robbie.Crow
02-12-10, 05:51 PM
So, I managed to get my hand on the new Perfect Practice Pad (click here for a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOYyVIhhet0)) from Richard Baughman (click here to go to Richard's site (http://www.richardbaughman.com/)) at the World Solos, as we were sharing tuning rooms, and I've been using it ever since. So, I thought I'd give it a little review, here goes...

Main Advantages


Can be mounted on a harness
Harness mount is adjustable
Numerous Playing Surfaces

Harness Adaptable
So, the first thing to notice is that this pad can go on a harness. That's good - for numerous reasons! First of all, if you're a lead drummer, it can be good to use when the rest of the core are on drums - it would allow you to still play the lead parts quietly, but it would mean you could hear the chips more clearly. Also, if you have a new member - giving them this would allow them to take their place in the circle and play the material, even if they're not totally up to par yet, as they won't be as loud as the other drummers! Also, it could be good for practising in the house and as a whole drumcore without drums. The harness adapter is totally flexible, so you can have it at any angle you want, and i mean ANY angle!

The harness adapter can be taken off however, and it can be used as a normal pad! Great stuff! It has a nice funky feel to it and it looks totally different from any other pad out there!

Numerous Playing surfaces
The pad itself comes with three different surfaces to play on, i'm going to name them ProPad, Orange and Black!

ProPad
The ProPad surface insert is most like the Remo ProPad that JKP is selling on his site. It's reboundable and it's laminated. It gives a good projection of sound, but is a bit bouncy. It's good for a core of drummers I would think. (Also, the pad itself has stand adapters *wink*wink*)

Orange
This surface is most like the TG Regular surface. It's good for sitting round a table with or practising on your own. Little mistakes can be hidden, but a good sound is given from it - also a good bounce!

Black
This is like the TG Crisp Tone surface pad. I'd say it was best for a LD as it means he can be heard above all the drummers. It's a VERY loud surface with very little rebound - good workout pad!

Overall View
I'd say this was one of the best pads out there at the minute, not only because it's harness mountable - but also because I think the three surfaces are good for different times! Also, it looks cool :wink:

Bad Points
Harness Adapter - It can be tricky to get the harness adapter on and off, it's not ease of access! And, sadly, the adapter must be taken off for it to sit on the table. However, after the first few times - i've found quick ways of doing it.

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That's it - good review, I hope...

janelleTG
02-12-10, 11:00 PM
A drum pad that goes on a harness isn't new, but I do like that it's adjustable. (I personally haven't seen one like that) and that it comes with different pads.

KAILY
03-12-10, 08:13 AM
The perfect playing surface for a drum corps to practice on is a plain old fashioned wooden table, there is no room for error on this surface, every tap is clean and clear so any loose playing by the drum corps is easily detected.
The only drawback is, if you tend to be a heavy handed player then this surface will knock hell out of your modern lightweight sticks.

Hickory sticks would stand up to this surface well but Hickory is too dense and heavy a wood for todays style of playing.
Kaily

janelleTG
04-12-10, 01:16 PM
Funny Kaily, we (our drum corps) were only talking about that today. They were comparing different drum pads and the more seasoned drummers all agreed that you had to get off the pad and on to the table to really hear what everyone is playing and to get a good feel for it.

flamtap
04-12-10, 05:37 PM
You can't beat a table :)

As for pads I still think the Invader V3 is the best on the market, it's just not like any other pad.

aliashrm
14-12-10, 09:57 PM
he's a fantastic player...is he still with LA Scots?

(He also has some excellent videos of him teaching young drummers from Pasadena (?) pipe band-they are great players also)

Daz Gregory
15-12-10, 05:56 PM
he's a fantastic player...is he still with LA Scots?

(He also has some excellent videos of him teaching young drummers from Pasadena (?) pipe band-they are great players also)

He's the lead tip of Pasadena Scots now. He left LA Scots earlier in the year.

http://www.pipesdrums.com/ViewObject.aspx?sys-Portal=57&sys-Class=Article&sys-ID=18145

Regards

Daz

PCPB10
03-02-11, 12:38 AM
The Perfect Practice Pad has been the best pad I've ever used. The newest edition is the best one he has produced. The original was great, but it didn't have the 'ProPad'. I'm proud to say I received his first production model with the 'ProPad' back in May and I have loved it. The 'ProPad' creates the most realistic feel offered by a drum pad, and has the perfect mixture of bounce and snap. Also a plus is that is can be heard over a practice chanter. Personally I find the orange insert to be the best for daily practice, but for corps practice the 'ProPad' is the best. The harness attachment is awkward, but it works. I leave it off almost all the time, except when I warm up before a competition or we want to march at practice without making too much noise. Its simply the best drum pad I have ever used and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone looking for a better drum pad, or one at all.

FYI the pad shown in the video is the old style.

Robbie.Crow
03-02-11, 02:48 PM
Fully agree with you. I've been using it constantly, mostly with the orange pad. I've tried going back to other pads, but i keep coming back to the PPP!

4688
07-04-11, 03:11 PM
I will be getting one of these pad's. I think its good to stand and play.

ErikAtTheW
14-08-11, 03:42 PM
Hello! I'm new here and new to drumming. I started taking lessons about 5 months ago and I'm now involved with a local Pipes and Drums band, playing snare.
I have a Remo tunable practice pad but recently was lent a Pro-Mark XPAD. I seem to play better on the XPAD. Not sure if I can just hear it better or what.

I'm looking for practice pad suggestions. I've seen the Perfect Practice Pad ad and videos and I have sent several emails to the guy, but he has not responded.
I also saw the Invader pad, but it seems a bit pricey.

Any help is appreciated!

Thanks,

Erik

Davy NZ
15-08-11, 06:44 AM
"Rad Pads" are a good product, mine has been glued to a piece of wood, as they come as just the rubber, and i really enjoy playing it. The Andante pad, and other TG pads are also good, and the TG ones provide you with a range of hardness to play with, the harder the rubber, the hared you have to work to make your sticks move therefore the better it is for your drumming.

DrummerBolley
15-08-11, 10:57 PM
Hello! I'm new here and new to drumming. I started taking lessons about 5 months ago and I'm now involved with a local Pipes and Drums band, playing snare.
I have a Remo tunable practice pad but recently was lent a Pro-Mark XPAD. I seem to play better on the XPAD. Not sure if I can just hear it better or what.

I'm looking for practice pad suggestions. I've seen the Perfect Practice Pad ad and videos and I have sent several emails to the guy, but he has not responded.
I also saw the Invader pad, but it seems a bit pricey.

Any help is appreciated!

Thanks,

Erik

It really is the best pad in the market its what my corps is using, he hasnt responded because he's been in scotland for the last 2 weeks for the worlds

flamtap
17-08-11, 10:20 PM
Invader V3 is also a good pad, very different to most pads on the market. Their new shuttle pad (smaller version of the v3) is also very good.

mmalley
02-05-16, 11:54 AM
I own the Andante hexagon shaped pad with the smaller light tan rubber pad in the center. That one is a lot like the original black and white TG Brown pads that were popular around 2003-2006 before they partnered with Andante. This PPP really is nothing like it, at least with the stock insert.

I picked one of these PPP up at the local pipe band supply shop here in Dunedin and really like it. The top laminate on the stock white foam insert is really what sets this pad apart from a lot of the other popular rubber, pipe band specific pads, making it very hard to compare this to any other pad on the market. It feels similar to a drum and helps with control on rolls and drags, as well as dynamics. It's also easy on the wrists because there is a bit of responsiveness that isn't there with the Andante pad.

The best feature, in my opinion, is the 1/4" threaded mount on the bottomthat allows you to mount the pad to any photography stand or cymbal stand.

I have the medium-hard rubber insert coming in from Richard but have yet to receive it, looking forward to see how that compares.



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KAILY
13-05-16, 03:23 PM
the best surface to play on is wood or a hard surface pad. You want a clean clear sound that lets you hear every beat. Soft surface pads give a "muffled" sound.

mmalley
14-05-16, 08:10 AM
the best surface to play on is wood or a hard surface pad. You want a clean clear sound that lets you hear every beat. Soft surface pads give a "muffled" sound.
Yeah, the PPP has a very crisp, clear tone. I think that's one of the things that makes it popular among the pipe band world. You can hear every little tap, including the dynamics, so if anyone screws up at any point you can hear it. Give it a try, you'll understand why it gets the rave reviews from some of top drum crops in the world.

For a harder surface pad, I really like the John Moneagle signature pad from Andante. It has two rubber playing surfaces of different densities; a red one for more rebound and bounce and a black one that is very loud and crisp with virtually no rebound on the stick at all. The black side is great for polishing up dynamics and accuracy on complex scores, reminds me a lot of playing on a table but it's probably better for the sticks, since it does have just the slightest give when hit. I use it a lot when I'm practicing to really get a score dialed in perfect.

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