Originally posted by Ted The V-Club set actually lists for $1495, not $1200. Nobody sells it for that...and I'd imagine you'd be hard-pressed to find it for a thousand dollars new. Someone would have to be pretty desparate to move inventory to sell it at that price.
Admittedly I couldn't find one for that this afternoon after saying that but have facilitated a couple of people buying them new for just over a grand on several occasions. Its not uncommon to see a "Buy It Now" on eBay around that price for new still (although they do seem to be commanding a little more $ that even a few months ago).
Also, I meant if you add another $250 you can probably get mesh heads all around. A mesh kick will make the double bass thing easier for sure, but the snare is where it really is nice too (assuming you prefer the feel).
It's not necessary to spend that much, but I just put together a kit with a Roland TD8 (which may be much more than you need for your practicing) and Pintech Studio Elite for right around $1500.
If you plan on drumming for the rest of your life, you are better off with a mesh headed kit. The rubber trigger pads do the job well, but they'll destroy your wrists before too long.
I looked into building a kit from individual pieces and it really is FAR cheaper to pick up a package.
Actually, now that I think about it, Guitar Center (and lots of other places, check out http://www.gearhead-music.com and especially http://www.drumbalaya.com -- they took good care of me) has a Pintech USA Spirit kit with mesh heads and a TD6 or a TD8 for right around $1000 right now. Everyone is emptying their inventories it seems, so now might be a good time to look into it. The only thing I didn't like about the USA Spirit was the cymbals, but it's a great kit for the budget.
I've got my TD8 right here, but the kit doesn't arrive until Friday or Saturday. I'm going NUTS.
That kit icomes without a module, which is what generates all of your sounds.
The low-end solution is most likelt the Alesis DM%.
In the end, try to find a company that has an 800 number you can call to bargain with a live person, and try to make sure that the kit is in stock. A lot of times these things can go on back order for months.