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Roland Acquires Drum Workshop!!!

Brian McConnon

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I'm thinking they could come up with some great samples for future E-drum lines, now that Roland owns an acoustic drum company. On the reverse, maybe they can continue to improve their snare triggers.


To be fair I just bought a TD-17 KVX, so this doesn't change that much for me (since I also don't play acoustic drums much due to volume limitations). Still, I don't see how this couldn't be a good thing for Roland's e-drum lines. Not so sure on what impact this will have on DW's products.

Yamaha: Motif XF8, MODX7, YS200, CVP-305, CLP-130, YPG-235, PSR-295, PSS-470 | Roland: Fantom 7, JV-1000

Kurzweil: PC3-76, PC4 (88) | Hammond: SK Pro 73 | Korg: Triton LE 76, N1R, X5DR | Emu: Proteus/1 | Casio: CT-370 | Novation: Launchkey 37 MK3 | Technics: WSA1R

Former: Emu Proformance Plus & Mo'Phatt, Korg Krome 61, Roland Fantom XR & JV-1010, Yamaha MX61, Behringer CAT

Assorted electric & acoustic guitars and electric basses | Roland TD-17 KVX | Alesis SamplePad Pro | Assorted organs, accordions, other instruments

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Here are the thoughts from Justin from 65 drums, a well-known Youtuber who focuses on e drums: 



Having played both a and e drums for over a decade, I have mixed feelings.

A big company behind great acoustic drum brands like DW and Gretsch could benefit them.

Better Hybrid kits wouldn't hurt anyone either.


But if DW really developed new technology for e drums and Roland considered that a (possible) thread to their market share then aquiring them would take out an alternative.

That's a shame because, considering DW's good reputation on a drums, some serious competition for Roland and Yamaha would not be a bad thing, IMO.

Anyway, we'll see what the future brings.


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1 hour ago, tonytrout said:

I'm just going to make one simple statement:  This buyout isn't going to work.


How so? I can't see it failing from a financial perspective as both companies have strong core businesses and solid reputations. Plenty of acquisitions operate as separate entities. As far as co-product development, who knows? But I'm excited to see what they come up with.

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