Jeesh...Alesis hammers?!? EVERYONE knows they are Behringer hammers with Alesis nameplates... My only point for getting into this at all was that when funds are an issue, then there are some lower cost alternatives...The Digimax and Octopre are just examples...given a much higher equipment budget, the lower end stuff will be the first out the door. Until that time, the Octo and some other lowball stuff will do. There is never a good enough...but there is a good enough until funds are available...big difference. Peace, y'all.