What's the deal with Kieffa Drums/Pads?

I want to know what the deal is with Kieffa Drums, LLC and their practice pads. How do you hook them up to an amp? And did anyone ever use them as an electronic instrument rather than simply as a practice pad?
I got one of these and have been trying to figure out how and why it's become such a holy grail. (See pix)

Listing created Apr 4, 2021

Public discussion (6)

George Lawrence, administrator

7 months ago

Kieffa was is a hollow practice pad that has a tuneable head and beads under the head for a snare sound. It is louder than a typical practice pad, feels more like a drum, and has a wider dynamic range. There is an electronic trigger version with a 1/4” jack for plugging in to a sound source like a synth/samplerdrum machine/computer..There are no sounds on board - just the trigger.

George Lawrence, administrator

7 months ago

the company is out of business.

Beth Hamon

7 months ago

Do you happen to know when they folded, or why?

Also, my pad shows no sign of a 1/4" jack input. There iw a metal grill on the bottom that I can't figure out the purpose of. I've heard from at least two drummers who have wooden-bottomed versions of the pad and I'd like to find out which version came first.

George Lawrence, administrator

7 months ago

I don’t know when they folded or why. Most likely from poor profits. Also I don’t why there were two types of bottom surfaces

George Lawrence, administrator

7 months ago

Most rare drum inventions, designs, models, finishes are not rare because they were popular when they were introduced. They are rare because they were not popular, didn’t have successful marketing, discontinued for one reason or another.

Beth Hamon

7 months ago

So while current Kieffa owners swear by their pads, they must not have caught on at the time. Thanks for the insight!

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