Pictured above is the elusive Simmons SD9KR. On many occasions the kit was announced, but never really got released. Well, it now appears that most online retails are no longer carrying the Simmons SD5K, 7K, 7PK, or SD9K (SD9KR as well). Some may remember that the Simmons name was acquired in 2005 by Guitar Center. So basically, Simmons is a Guitar Center brand. What makes this even more interesting is the email I got from Guitar Center when I asked about the availability of the Simmons kits. They basically stated that the Simmons kits are not a regularly stocked item and they might be able to ordered it directly from the manufacture. Really? Isn’t the manufacturer Guitar Center? Since when is it not a regularly stocked item?
Hellfire drums will stay on top of this evolving issue. So, check back often for updates.
My sources are telling me that Guitar Center is doing some kind of recall of the Simmons pads. I hope Guitar Center gets the issues resolved with the pads. I still think the Simmons SD9K is a good product for the price. I know there have been issues with pads no longer working. If I had to guess (this is pure speculation), the wires on the piezo elements are breaking off. This really is an easy fix. Once the wires are soldered back on affix the wires to the sensor plate (this can be done with a very strong tape) and put a dot of epoxy on the solder connections. Problem solved.
Please keep in mind that no official announcement has been made by Guitar Center at this time. Because of this, it is considered as only a possibility and not fact, but we will keep our sources open for more information.