I managed to get Ernie Ball Regular Slinky strings at the lowest price I've seen for maybe nearly twenty years. I ordered them on ebay from Japan. They're due to arrive any day. So once I receive them I can restring and hopefully come with up with some more new ideas.
I recorded three short jam sessions in November which contain ideas or riffs so I will be listening back to those soon and assesssing them.
On the downside, it appears that Native Instruments software is not very reliable. I installed Native Access, and then downloaded and installed Kontakt 6, so I could then download and install GetGood Drums Invasion which I purchased. Invasion is drum programming software that has to be used through Kontakt, and also, it has to be digitally wired into your DAW too, which doesn't look like a straightforward task, judging from a YouTube tutorial video I watched.
Anyway, my installation of Native Access no longer works ALREADY and I can't even uninstall it from Windows 7. It just doesn't respond hardly at all.
After doing searches online I find lots of results from people who have trouble with Native Instruments software, so I don't know if I'm going to get that stuff working at all. So at the moment I don't have any drum programming software I want to use, unless I go back to working with DrumCore 3 Free...