We get asked this question a lot, so we thought we’d try to give a short answer for posterity. Roland V-drums are simple to use, but with a load of recent updates and several different options, it can be difficult to decide which kit’s for you. If you’re looking for one of the top end TD30s, this basic comparison should help…
The main differences between the Roland TD30K and TD30KV are found in the hardware, as they both use the same sound module. Firstly the TD30KV has larger, more sensitive pads and more of them, and it uses a larger stand called the MDS20X. Furthermore, all of the clamps and fittings are made of aluminium and the kit is silver in colour rather than black.
The KV version also uses a different hi hat called the VH13 which provides greater sensitivity and authenticity. The larger pads on this kit also improve the feel and response available from the TD30 module.
The more compact TD30K is smaller and nearly £2500 cheaper. So why is this? The main reason is that it has smaller drums and not as many of them! It has a smaller bass drum pad, toms and snare as well as using the one piece VH11 hi hat pad. This means that while this is still one of the best electronic drum sets in the world and uses the same module as the TD30KV, it has ever so slightly less sensitivity, and you can’t make the most of the capabilities of the module.
***For a complete overview of Roland electronics drum kits, check out our latest V-Drums article: Roland V-Drums range comparison!***