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DW Go Anywhere Practice Pad Set

Review by Sean Mitchell // March 30 2012
DW Go Anywhere Practice Pad Set

My recent move into apartment life and the issue of space (or lack thereof) has found me doing some shopping around for alternatives—as opposed to having my full kit set up in the apartment. The space issue is a big one, but so is the noise level. Unfortunately until I find a studio to rent, drumming in my apartment is a no go. The nice lady living below me has made this abundantly clear.

Enter my new best friend, the DW Go Anywhere practice set. I have had a single practice pad for years, and while a single pad is a great tool to hone your rudimentary skills, it leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to four-way coordination.

The Go Anywhere set is very mobile and easy to store. Its modular design has some very cool benefits. The first being the freedom to set the pads up however we see fit; there are four arms that extend from the main center stand that are manoeuvrable enough to make even the most finicky of drummers happy. There is even an arm with a tilt adjustment like you might find on a cymbal stand

The second benefit I didn’t see until I got it home. While my new practice pad set is quiet, there was still the issue of my kick pedal striking the kick pad. Not loud enough for the next door neighbours to complain, but my ever-so-cheery downstairs neighbour says she thought I was tap dancing or, perhaps, practicing basketball in my apartment. Lucky for me, my apartment has a common room in the basement and thankfully no one uses it. So me and my little buddy now pack up and haul butt downstairs to do some shedding. The size and weight of the Go Anywhere is so portable and light that I am able to be mobile with it with very little hassle. This, my friends, is a great feature in a practice pad set.

The assembly of the unit is very easy and took me a little less than ten minutes to have it ready to go. It comes complete with a drum key, which is used to adjust the arms and pad positions. You do have to supply your own kick pedal but one would assume you might have a pedal on hand anyway.

It is quite clear that a drummer designed the Go Anywhere practice set. The pads feel very good and react well to sticking techniques. The kick pad is rugged and well built and it too is adjustable. Even the color of the pads is brilliant (an off-white cream color) which don’t really show off stick marks. Hooray!

If I had to point out any flaws I can only say that I would have liked to have seen all of the arms with a tilting feature. However I am guilty of being a little too anal about my drum positioning, so it is no deal breaker.

Let’s talk numbers. The price is right if you are looking for an all-in-one unit to have in a dorm or apartment. I paid about $190 Canadian. I have seen them online in the US for around $169, in the UK for ₤165 and Europe for €188.




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About the Author
Sean Mitchell

Sean Mitchell has been an active participant in the drumming industry for over 20 years. He has studied under Crash Test Dummies drummer Mitch Dorge and Drumming's Global Ambassador Dom Famularo. Sean is also a songwriter and regularly performs with his wife (and singer) Jill Mitchell. Sean proudly endorses Aquarian Drumheads.

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