I'm using a 20-year old Yamaha set and it's just black rubber for all the drums. You don't want that, and I think only the cheapest sets are like that now. A drummer I was playing with for a while bought a mesh set so he could play quietly at night. It has mesh heads over the rubber pads, and you tighten the mesh to where it responds more like a real drum set when you hit them. I think he paid around $800 for it. It's great for laying down tracks and feels good, although still not quite like real acoustic drums.