I wrote a post, and somehow it didn't make it!!!¬† Second try...
I'm the second ZAP owner...the Walnut one at the top of this set of posts.¬† Yippeee!!¬† (as any Tribesman knows, the real thing always looks even more lovely than the pics...it's deeper colored and beautiful)
Also, I have had a beautiful ZX for over a year, and I've spent a fair amount of time on one of David's LTs.¬† So, I'm pretty familiar with the entire line.
To address some questions I'm hearing about the ZAP.
1)¬† It's not any less of a Zendrum than the other models.
Not by a long shot.¬† In fact, the ZAP may be extremely popular, not just on a price point scale.¬† Really, there is absolutely no difference in quality or choices.¬† You get a couple of extra external trigger inputs, because there are two less on the surface.¬† The electronics are the same.¬† The great response is the same, and the darn thing is HEAVY, so there's just nothing in any way that's "less" about it, except the price.¬† And the only reason the price is cheaper (not trying to speak for the great bald one) is pretty obvious.¬† No power brick, no strap hardware, no twenty-coats of clear over analine dye, no buff-out for hours.¬† Take all that labor off, and you get ZAP.
2)¬† Triggering accuracy/bleed
In short, no difference.¬† In fact, it's f$&*ing awesome.¬† Think of the tip of your finger, the middle "pad" of your finger, and the top and heel of your palm as trigger points, and you get the idea.¬† Remember, this is a ZENDRUM we're talking about.¬† The dynamic range of the triggers lets you do some amazing conga-like techniques, and the closeness of the pads is the magic that makes that happen.¬† Just by "shaping" your hand different ways, you can do some amazing technical things that are not available on the other two models.¬† So, I'm actually back to #1.¬† This is not less of a product.¬† It's a different beast, for less money, that some people will actually prefer to the other two models!!!!!!!
3)¬† Now, it gets exciting
The ZAP is a very different technique.¬† Ironically, I was calling David to talk about an idea for an alternative Zendrum, because I was interested in designing some instruments that were hybrid physical models/samples.¬† What I described to him was almost to the letter what he had been already thinking for ZAP.
I know that I am not alone among people who are designing instruments with the ZAP in mind.¬† In fact, I'll be in the TASCAM booth at NAMM with a fairly complete prototype of my first one, a cross-cultural Asian "jamfest" with an O Daiko, a Korean Buk, and a set of piccolo woodblocks, all sampled to absolutely ridiculous depths (stop by, and just try to make it machine gun...). Of course, the ZAP will be there, too, so you can try out the new instrument and the ZAP.
I don't want to hog the great bald one's bandwidth with my own silly little plug.¬† My main concern in mentioning it is that I wanted to convey just how seriously I'm taking the ZAP.¬† It is a Zendrum of note, a no-compromise addition to the current line, and I'd be willing to bet that any of you out there who have an LT or an ZX (or both) would be just as excited as I am about it.
So, there's my little brain dump on the ZAP.¬† I just enjoyed a delightful Tanqueray 10 with a few drops of Peychaud's Bitters, and rather than continue typing while my IQ drops accordingly, I think I'll close it up and just say THANKS to Zendrum for yet another fantastic controller.