I received my Zendrum-LT in early December. Shortly thereafter, I was invited to play in the pit for an upcoming musical, "Peter Pan." I didn't tell the music director at the time, but I had the notion, from the get-go, that I would play the show solely with my ZD. In the previous three years, I used my entire V-Drum ensemble which worked out extremely well. Actually, I'm glad that I had this "gig" coming up because it really helped me focus on techniques in a big hurry. The 5 piece ensemble rehearsed in my music studio and, from the very 1st session, I played every tune only with the ZD. My fellow musicians were quite skeptical at first because it hardly seemed plausible to them that all the drum/percussion parts could be played convincingly on this instrument. Today (Sunday matinee), we just completed our 3rd performance and I have to say that the ZD has worked out famously. I did not even have to resort to foot pedals which I originally thought would be necessary. The enthusiastic support from the band, the cast, and director had been so positive that they already invited me to play next year's musical -- "Oklahoma" -- and, yes, they would like me to use the Zendrum.
Surprisingly, I haven't experienced much audience response to this newfangled device. I don't know if they can't see into the pit or just don't care that much about percussion. One elder drummer did approach me after today's show and remarked, "..and here I thought I used to be a drummer!" It was an extremely gracious compliment. I suspect that some people may just feel a bit timid about coming up to the "drummer" and inquiring about the instrument. Anyway . . .