First, I want to thank everyone for all the good advice and warm welcomes in my intro thread. You’ve all been a tremendous help for 42 year old virgin. I had my first lesson last Monday (which was outstanding). However, I didn’t realize I’d be learning on a kit from day one, even though people encouraged incorporating the feet right away. All I’ve had all week was a practice pad to use and by Wednesday I realized I needed more. I did not have room in the house for a kit, leaving only the garage (which isn’t climate controlled and I live in Michigan). So went looking for a practice pad set I figured could survive the extremes out there, assuming I could. I also thought about building my own set, because I’m handy, but wrote that off when I realized I don’t know enough about instrument placement yet to do such a thing. THe closest I came was a practice pad kit by Rowland, which looked great but had no kick, pedals, or cymbals. Fair enough, could always buy some. While I was looking for high hat gear, my wife came out of the bedroom sweating with a tape measure. When I asked what the heck she was doing she motioned me inside. Damn, fellas, she had moved the furniture to create a space in the corner, had the iPad sitting there with an electronic drum kit in the cart, and said “Happy Birthday.” The kids were at school, so...REDACTED. Anyway, it was an Alesis Nitro Mesh, and arrived yesterday. A cheapy, but one of the better cheapies, and since I was only looking for pads anyway, it was a nice bonus! Now I get to play inside, and don’t have to ruin anything. It’s nice and compact, and fits there really well. As if it wasn’t enough, a DWCP5100 throne arrived this morning! Am I lucky or what?!