This is not a post about sound comparisons but deciding on a finish - I am hopefully going to be in the market for a new kit soon. For years and years I've played Tempus and wrapped finish drums - I get peace of mind knowing that just about anything that comes in contact with them can be washed off and cleaned up with some soap and water. Anything that get knocked over, its maybe get a scuff mark that can be wiped off. I'm looking at wrapped finish options but there are some beautiful sets out there I would love to own in lacquered finishes. I always pack, set up and break down my own stuff, use protection racket bags etc etc but I'm having a hell of a time making this choice. I think the only sure choice would be if I could get classic maples in Purple sparkle!