Terry Allen’s Conversion To E-Drums

JM Smith Kit Owned By Terry Allen

Zoom a couple decades back in time when early attempts like the rock-hard surface of Simmons drums and the boings and dings of the Synare that were meant to approximate drum and cymbal sounds convinced most people that electronic percussion was just a passing fad. Now look around. Roland. Yamaha. Hart Dynamics. Alesis. Even Pearl jumped into the fray this year. We’ve come an awfully long way since then, evidenced in part by Terry Allen’s story.

He first picked up the sticks at the tender age of eight, and dutifully pounded his acoustic kit until last October when, at the age of 20, he discovered electronic percussion at a jam session, where he got to play on a electronic Hart Dynamics kit. After plopping down the bucks to buy his own Hart Gigapro kit, Allen never looked back, and continued adding to his rig until he reached the impressive setup we see in the accompanying photos. Here’s how his kit breaks down:


  • Hart Dynamics Gigapro set
  • Hart Pro Snare TE 3.2
  • 4-Acupad 11 10” toms TE 3.2
  • 1 Acupad 8” Bass Drum TE 3.2
  • 1-HM1-C Hammer Pad
  • 1-Set of Remo Roto Toms converted to Elctronic Pads


  • Pro Electronic Hi-Hat Stand with 12” HH Ecymbal 11
  • 16” Ride Ecymbal 11
  • 2-12” Crash Ecymbal 11 (Choke)
  • 2-14” Crash Ecymbal 11(Choke)
  • 1-9” Splash Ecymbal 11,
  • 1-14”China Ecymbal 11

Various Percussion

  • 1-custom made Electronic Cowbell
  • 1-Custom Made Electronic Tambourine
  • 1-Custom Made Electronic Chimes


  • Roland TD-20 Drum Module
  • Roland TD-3 Drum Module
  • 2-Boss FS-5U foot switches
  • 1-Custom made Hi-Hat Switch(adjustable for partly open sound)


  • Lots of Pearl hardware
  • Stainless Steel Rack
  • DW-7000 Double Bass Pedals
  • Gibraltar Stick Holder
  • Vater Cup Holder


  • Pearl Drum Throne
  • a pair of Ahead Gloves
  • Vic Firth Sticks

Terry concludes "These Drums are AWESOME to play. I only wish I would have known about them years ago!!!!!!!!!!"

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