We went to Melodee Music (in Sterling) and went directly to the drum section. They had four electronic drumsets set up, but they were roped off with a sign saying to ask for help. We didn’t have go very far, though, before a store employee showed up. VERY helpful. If he works on commission at all, I can see why. The cheapest drumset (which is apparently for beginners or kids) is on sale for $800. The two he demonstrated for us (and then let us play) were the upper two, on sale for $2000 and $3600. That shouldn’t count as “on sale”. But whatever – they were both REALLY cool and lots of fun to play. We played Roland sets. There are plenty of other companies making these, but I haven’t done any research to find out how much they go for and who makes the best ones. I really haven’t done any research at all. And because of the price for the upper level models (the ones with the most flexibility, the ones both John and I would prefer to have), this will be a future purchase. But it’s so cool. 🙂 They have presets so you can change the sound of the entire set or of each pad individually. The bigger ones have room to add on pieces, and because it’s electronic, you can plug the whole thing into a computer, so John could use it for his studio.
We finished playing around on the drums and John found a guitar to try out. He wasn’t really crazy about it, but he says that may have been because of the amp he was playing through. Also, the strings were too thin (lightweight, maybe?) or something. I was sitting on a stool in the same room, half-listening, half-daydreaming. I have no idea now what I was thinking about, but I was entertaining myself. Apparently, I looked bored out of my mind, so John decided one guitar was enough to try today and said we could leave. I didn’t realize he did that for me until we were most of the way home, though. I just thought he was done. I didn’t mean to look bored. I was just deep in thought. Honest. 🙂
We’re settling in for the night with a fire, a movie, and dinner. And for the record, I did run today.