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Traps Drums A400 Portable Acoustic Drum Set 

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The A400 from Traps Drums is a portable drum kit that feels and sounds like a regular drum kit. The drums are constructed from high-quality, durable ...Click To Read More About This Product

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The portable kit that feels and sounds like a regular drum kit.

The A400 from Traps Drums is a portable drum kit that feels and sounds like a regular drum kit. The drums are constructed from high-quality, durable A.B.S. and are fitted with Remo heads, steel counter hoops, and are tuned with the traditional multi-screw tuning system. This also allows the use of pads for silent practicing. The rack system that the drums and hardware fit to is made from substantial steel tubing which means that everything stays exactly where it's put when the kit is set up and doesn't move.

Geoff Nicholls of Rhythm Magazine asked in 2005: "Can a shell-less kit ever stand in for the real thing?" He concluded: "Shell-less kits are a viable alternative and Traps A400 is easily the best so far."

Rack system
The A400 rack-mounting system is made from sturdy large-diameter chromed steel tubing. The kit can easily be set up for either left- or right-handed players using the supplied tough ABS multifunctional joints.

When set up, the rack is very strong and, once fitted with the supplied four large rubber feet, stays where it's placed and doesn't move. This provides a noticeable improvement in playability compared to other portable drum sets in this price bracket.

Top Quality Hardware
The A400 comes fitted with quality hardware as standard. This includes hi-hat and kick drum pedals that are both rugged and free moving. Also included is a snare basket, boom cymbal arms (which can be slid into the frame for easy storage).

The hardware is both reliable and distinctive with black-painted footplates and a "Traps" embossed seat squab. They also feature quality chain drives, memory locks, expansion springs and clutches.

12" snare drum
The A400 12" snare drum has a very crisp sound as a result of the high-quality ABS molding combined with the chrome-plated steel counter hoops, Remo Ambassador heads, and 8 square-headed tension screws. This all results in a snare that's easy to tune and capable of cutting rim shots and thick X-stick sounds. The drum also features a sturdy throw-off with a positive feel and a knob at the opposite side of the drum for adjusting the stretch in the snares. This means that the A400 snare has the additional ability to produce Latin/world percussion sounds or to function as an additional tom.

10", 12", and 14" toms
The A400 toms are manufactured from a tough ABS molding which is further strengthened by a triple-flange counter hoop, then to complete the toms, they are fitted with top-quality Remo Pinstripe heads. As with all the A400 drums, an industry-standard multi-screw tuning system is used.

All this attention to detail results in a quality sound never before heard in a portable kit.

20" kick drum
The A400 20" kick drum is an uncompromising double-headed design fitted with a UT Powerstroke 3 drumhead on the back and Remo Ebony drumhead on the front printed with the Traps logo. It is also fitted with chrome-plated steel hoops.

Its shell is made from a robust high-quality injection-molded A.B.S. fitted with custom dual-mounting points ideally suited to mounting in the A400 rack mount system. A strong metal plate is fitted to bottom of the rear counter hoop so that when the kick pedal is fitted, the beater strikes the head at the optimum position--top of the upstroke.

Cymbals not included.

FEATURES
  • This kit contains:
  • A set of 5 traps drums
  • Hi-hat stand
  • Kick pedal
  • A400-rack: An A400 rack system excluding all drums and pedals. An ideal upgrade system for mounting third-party drums correctly
  • A400-snare: A single A400 snare drum with throw-off
  • A400-tom10: A single 10" A400 tom
  • A400-tom12: A single 12" A400 tom
  • A400-tom14: A single 14" A400 tom

They don't have the shells, but they have the sound! Order today.

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Traps DrumsA400 Portable Acoustic Drum Set
 
4.2

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 3 Stars

     

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (5)
  • Jazz clubs (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Traps Drums A400 Portable Acoustic Drum Set

Very nice set overall. Meets my needs exactly, which is to have a compact set to have for tight location gigs, and an auxiliary set to practice on away from the main part...Read complete review

Very nice set overall. Meets my needs exactly, which is to have a compact set to have for tight location gigs, and an auxiliary set to practice on away from the main part of the house when others are about. Sound quality is mostly great - I especially like the snare. The toms do the job. The bass is lacking some - I'm still working to see if tuning differently will make help much, but I'm concluding there's no substitute for a full sized bass.
Very complete for what I need. A little cramped in the that cymbals end up being a little closer than I'd like, but hey, I got it so I could fit in small spaces, so not such a big deal.
Lots of plastic parts on the drums, but so far not an issue - seems to be very sturdy. I'm impressed with the metal hardware that forms the basis for holding the kit together - extremely sturdy. Went together without issue.
Price was right for the quality of what you get. Would have liked to have more cymbal options available. Will usually take my "main" cymbals from my permanent set to gigs, but want another set to go with these for practicing in the basement where these are set up (away from my regular music/practice room). Will probably end up spending half of what I spent on the Traps to get decent cymbals.

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Update 2: Stay Away

I had initially given this a great review, then a good review. Now a month later, my advice is stay away. The portability concept is great - there's nothing out there like...Read complete review

I had initially given this a great review, then a good review. Now a month later, my advice is stay away. The portability concept is great - there's nothing out there like it. The downside is, parts on no available. If something goes wrong you have to swap out the ENTIRE KIT for another one. And what could go wrong? What went wrong in my case was that the plastic "shell" cracked at two of the tuning lugs on the 12" tom. MF was great to work with "Just return it, and you can order another one." Well, I've done the first part for sure, but I WILL NOT be ordering another one. A hint for any budding entrepreneurs out there: If you took this concept and made the drum "shells" out of cast aluminum or military grade plastic (such as they use on military rifles), I think every gigging drummer would own one.

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(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Traps Drums A400 Portable Acoustic Drum Set

By Charles Givans

from Virginia

Comments about Traps Drums A400 Portable Acoustic Drum Set:

Very nice set overall. Meets my needs exactly, which is to have a compact set to have for tight location gigs, and an auxiliary set to practice on away from the main part of the house when others are about. Sound quality is mostly great - I especially like the snare. The toms do the job. The bass is lacking some - I'm still working to see if tuning differently will make help much, but I'm concluding there's no substitute for a full sized bass.
Very complete for what I need. A little cramped in the that cymbals end up being a little closer than I'd like, but hey, I got it so I could fit in small spaces, so not such a big deal.
Lots of plastic parts on the drums, but so far not an issue - seems to be very sturdy. I'm impressed with the metal hardware that forms the basis for holding the kit together - extremely sturdy. Went together without issue.
Price was right for the quality of what you get. Would have liked to have more cymbal options available. Will usually take my "main" cymbals from my permanent set to gigs, but want another set to go with these for practicing in the basement where these are set up (away from my regular music/practice room). Will probably end up spending half of what I spent on the Traps to get decent cymbals.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Small improvements-big difference

By Behind-the-Groove

from Chicago, IL

Comments about Traps Drums A400 Portable Acoustic Drum Set:

The snare has a nasty ring but a strategically placed moongel does the trick--loosen the snare wires for a "fatter" sound. Loosen the heads on the toms all the way and then tighten the screws up one by one just enuff to feel tension. The bass is the most challenging to get a decent sound--invest in the Remo Muffl ring and attach it to the batter head--DON'T put anything inside. Again, tighten the batter head just enuff to feel tension...tighten the resonant (black) head slightly more than the batter. Use 2 Moongels on the res head--one on either side.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great portable kit for jamming

By mel-HA3mY

from San Antonio, TX

Comments about Traps Drums A400 Portable Acoustic Drum Set:

This kit is ideal for someone who wants a light, portable kit for jamming; it's very easy to assemble. Just beware that the brackets incorporate a lot of plastic, not meant for harsh treatment. As far as sound, the toms sound just fine with the provided heads. The bass drum sounds alright, but I'm replacing it with a different head with a port hole. The snare sounds very harsh, and I'll probably use it as an accessory rather than as my main snare. I am replacing all the heads to achieve a darker sound. The hi hat stand is acceptable, but does not use pads for the cymbals. Regarding cymbals, it's best to find some on your own, based on your own personal preference.Overall, the rack, toms and bass are perfectly acceptable, and I'm complementing it with a different hi hat stand, snare, drum heads, and bass drum pedal. Again, this is great for jamming because it's light and portable. I'm not sure about large gigs; the plastic in the brackets would make me hesitate to use it for more harsh conditions.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

love my traps

By raf n' roll

from tampa,fl

Comments about Traps Drums A400 Portable Acoustic Drum Set:

as with any kit,there are things that need to be changed or adjusted,with that in mind;i slap in a pearl eliminator doble,super kick2,super2s with x ring,high energy snare,pst5 cyms.a little tweaking with the tuning and it is awsome.no gels,no fuzz,no ifs or buts.p.s. get the gibraltar clamp,mini boom stand and you can add a splash between the crash and the ride,waiting for mine,cant wait.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Traps drums, a versatile tool

By PHD

from Atlanta, GA

Comments about Traps Drums A400 Portable Acoustic Drum Set:

I use the Traps drums when space is limited or the load in is a bear. Good quality, expecally the rack. If you know what you're doing , they can sound pretty good out of the box. If you know how to tweak and tune, they can sound really good. Rack is compatable with Gibraltar if you want to add cymbals, etc. Great customer service from the distributor. A great addition to my percussion arsenal.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Compact Kit

By Tama Schmama

from Lafayette, LA

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Comments about Traps Drums A400 Portable Acoustic Drum Set:

When I saw a band play in a really small bar and the drummer had this kit tucked up in a corner and didn't take up any space, I was blown away! They sounded like drums. The only way to take up less space is to stand up. That's the real reason why I bought this kit. And no, don't expect these to outperform drums with shells. But if your looking for something different and space saving, here you go! Remember, you can always mic up, EQ and even trigger this kit to sound like whatever you want. Just like anything else.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awsome

By Jimbo6661

from Columbus, GA

Comments about Traps Drums A400 Portable Acoustic Drum Set:

I have always wanted to learn how to play drums. I am in the military so having a set that is portable and can be made silent (with the E400 kit) is awesome. This set is everything that I could have hoped for. If you are a professional musician that makes his living playing music, than this is probably not the set for you. If you like to get together with your friends and jam, or just want to learn to play than this is the set for you. I looked into a ton of electronic kits but the problem with them is that the pads are too small or they are way too expensive. For me that can?t be beat. On a side note, I have also figured out how to patch in the drum brain, and I can now use this set to play both rock band and guitar hero. It beats playing with the metronome all the time.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

traps a400

By don E

from O.C.

Comments about Traps Drums A400 Portable Acoustic Drum Set:

I have it. Used it at gigs. I replaced the snare. Cymbals. The built in cymbal stands offer limited options regarding placement. Kick sounds pretty bad miked. I use a metal beater pad and a piece of duck tape near the rim and it's ok live. It's fine naked at practice. It sounds remarkable. The hardware is pretty tough. On and off the stage so quick you'll never go back

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Update 2: Stay Away

By GCH

from Washington, DC

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Pros

  • Good Sound For Size
  • Portable

Cons

  • Limited Adjustablity
  • Poorly Made

Best Uses

  • For Target Practice

Comments about Traps Drums A400 Portable Acoustic Drum Set:

I had initially given this a great review, then a good review. Now a month later, my advice is stay away. The portability concept is great - there's nothing out there like it. The downside is, parts on no available. If something goes wrong you have to swap out the ENTIRE KIT for another one. And what could go wrong? What went wrong in my case was that the plastic "shell" cracked at two of the tuning lugs on the 12" tom. MF was great to work with "Just return it, and you can order another one." Well, I've done the first part for sure, but I WILL NOT be ordering another one. A hint for any budding entrepreneurs out there: If you took this concept and made the drum "shells" out of cast aluminum or military grade plastic (such as they use on military rifles), I think every gigging drummer would own one.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

They have their place

By toonxz

from Canada

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Comments about Traps Drums A400 Portable Acoustic Drum Set:

If you are tight for space you might like these. They set-up fast too. Volume-wise, I would say is 80 to 90% of a shell kit. You`ll save on stands for sure. The downside is that when you remove the shell from a drum, you lose the beefy tone and quality that shells bring. It you are not fussy, you can do fine with these. I`m fussy and so are my band mates. They are good for band practice but would need some processing from mics or triggers. Note that a ddrum trigger will not work on this snare. A Roland will work. It`s because the rim plate is too large. The hi hat stand is fine, but the kick pedal is not long enough for my foot [size 11]. Don`t get the cymbals of course. I made an error in judgement in getting these, but I`m going to use the rack, snare and hi hat stand. The snare is fine. P.S. the drums sound flappy without shells and lack depth of tone. For me, it was a mistake getting these but I can see where some people would be OK with them.

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