i have owned several leading brand electronic drum kits, from roland & yamaha the TD12, TD4, TD3 and the DTX502... and sold them all after a year or 2. my issue is though they were great, what i wanted was a simple kit i could practice on that allowed me to have the same setup of my acoustic kit & that didn't cost the earth. the TD12 was amazing but expensive and had millions of features i dint eve use or need. the TD3 & 4 were good, but their sounds were awful and there were too many limits on the setup & kit size. the DTX was very good and probably the best but still a lot of money for a kit i would only use 4 times month for a quick practice & they all had silly small pads that were way too loud considering they were supped to be quiet. so for a while i was practice kit less... non fit the bill "affordable, expandable, simple & decent sounds" then the KT 3 came out and i was instantly interested... 2 toms 2 floor toms, bigger sized pads on the snare and floors, snare & 2 crashes... prefect for me. what worried me was the price, it was too good to be true. took the plunge in december, i have not been disappointed.... the rubber pads are softer than roland & make about half the noise, they feel better. the kit triggers perfectly, everything is editable to some extent, ignore anyone who rubbishes the sound, they are very good and i have tweaked mine getting a very good natural sound. many of the bad reviews i have read are clearly by people who have not bothered to read the instructions. all the pads except the bass & hi hat are dual zone which is brilliant, except i don't need the rim zones on the toms, however you can add other sound to them so can add cowbell, splash, china cymbals etc to them, in time i will probably buy more pads and split the leads expending the kit off these. the cymbals choke, you can do very accurate cymbal swells from them which i could ever achieve of any of the lower priced roland kits. my only real critique of the kit is that of all the lower priced electronic kits of all makes, the bass drum pad works fine on a single pedal but with a double its unstable and can warble and move... this one would be fine of it had spikes to anchor it and a clamp to secure it to the frame, but it does not so i have cobbled my own & with a bit of work its now solid.... having said that the silent strike beater & soft pad mean its avery quiet bass pad, for the money you can't get better for your cash.