I've been a professional drummer for more than 40 years and it's always been a pain in the butt practicing without offending someone - parents, girlfriends, wives, neighbors - so I've always used a practice pad set or muffled my drums and cymbals with pads, which are less than optimal. It hasn't been worth $3000 for an electronic set but I paid less than $300 for my Singing Machine set and I love it. I've recommended it to my students as well. The drum/cymbal preset sounds are great and altering any of them is easy. The play-along tracks cover many musical styles and are fine for practice - better than a metronome (which it also has) and you can speed them up or slow them down, depending on your skill. And you can record yourself alone, or playing along, which is great for students. The drawbacks include the pad positions don't allow much flexibility but are fine for the standard kit setup; the bass "head" is too taut, making it too easy to play faster than you could on a bass drum; the snare has both head and rim shot sounds, which is nice, but you can do a rim shot just by hitting the rim, rather than having to strike the head and rim simultaneously. But all in all, for the price, this is a great product.