Just caught up to this thread, I've been really straight out practicing new songs with my 'new' band (been with them 8 months). They asked me to sit in one night when the lead guitar player from my then current band put together a gig with several musicians. He did it again 6 weeks later, and they were disappointed.. I brought my cajon and some percussion toys... they wanted the Zendrum.. Joy! A month later they were putting together a previous reincarnation of the band and asked me to join them, if I would play the zendrum. Heaven!! Now, 8 months later, they (and I) are having a blast, playing Americana music (Dave Alvin, John Prine, Wilco, Drive By Truckers, Richard Shindell) and originals written by band members. "If you build it they will come."
I started out carrying the ZD, my Roland TD-10 with a stand, my powered monitor, mike stand and a case of wires. I finally consolidated to one rather large suitcase, left my monitor behind, and started lugging 2 TH-15A Mackie Thumps. 3 trips, and I'm out. Love it! The band loves the zendrum for all of the stated reasons, like volume control especially; and being able toplay different sounding kits for different songs; lots of different percussion instruments, and a whole selection of congas/bongos/timpales, etc., for whatever we need in any one song. I just need more appendages, lol!
There are musicians out there that WILL appreciate the zendrum. You just have to find them. When you do, it makes for a perfect blend. I am only playing the zendrum, I sold my acoustic drums, and all my V-drum equipment. I am totally committed. (hmmm, perhaps I should be!). It is an amazing instrument. I am still learning, the curve is steep, or I am a dumdum. Either way, it seems the possibilities are almost unlimited.
Off to bed!