I am in the market for new set, not used. I am down to 3 possible choices but I am really confused as to which one I should buy. My checklist was: 7 piece shell pack, Maple or Birch, price tag $1200 or less (I can up this some more if need be.)
I have heard and seen countless videos with reviews for these 3 sets (and everything else that's out there) and love all 3 but I just don't know which one to pick.
1. Ludwig Evolution Maple (Great sound that to my ear almost matches the US made classic maples. They are made using North American maple. Included heads are real Remo heads. Big fat toms! Little marketing and reviews on this set. Warranty is OK, 3 years.)
2. Pearl Decade Maple (Sounds pretty good, they are made with Asian Maple, chinese made Remo heads, super warranty, Lifetime!)
3. Yamaha Stage Custom (Great birch sound, crappy factory heads & crappy thin hoops, good warranty, 5 years. In order to make them what I want, I would need to invest in all new heads and all new s-hoops.)
I'm not really interested in other brands. I have played and heard DW, Tama, Gretsch & Mapex and I don't like any of them.
Let me know what you think, your experience and recommendations.
Edited by lrod1707, 12 August 2018 - 03:27 PM.