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What if notoriously noisy drum kits could be rendered neighbor-friendly without compromising sound quality? Electronic-musical-instrument manufacturer Roland finally achieves its long-held goal with its latest offering, the VAD706 V-Drums. By encasing ultra-sensitive digital drum pads in full-size wooden and metal shells, Roland has created the first electronic kit with the look, tone, feel and response of an acoustic set—even if you’re playing with headphones on. Released last summer, it’s a premium product with a premium price tag ($7,999), but already has some high-profile converts, including Journey and Duran Duran. —Eloise Barry

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