PDP Concept Classic Review I had been playing a cool old Premier Resonator kit in this spot and decided to make a change. The Premier Kit has been sold and shipped ... something had to replace it. I honestly didn’t know what to expect when these arrived. I have been playing vintage kits for quite a few years and haven’t really picked up a lower line new kit in ages. But I wanted an old school wood hoop kit and I didn’t want to pay boutique prices ... hard to justify the expense as I had just purchased a Noble & Cooley Horizon kit. I figured I’d give this one a chance. Boy am I glad I did. Well ... first and foremost, it’s a simple old school kit. The non-gloss flat rub finish is perfect for the older vibe going on with this kit. The darker stained wood hoops have a contrast that just fits the lighter colored natural shells. Immediately replaced the stock trash heads. Noble & Cooley had sent me a full set of Evans ... don’t really like Evans, but they were free ... so why not. They worked great on this kit. The lugs ... ... ... in a word ... ick. They are fairly unattractive. They are bulky. They are chromed and the design pattern leaves them not at all smooth. Not a fan. The shells are so doggone thin. And THAT is a wonderful thing. These thin shells just boom and sustain and resonate and rumble. I am absolutely blown away at the sound of these drums. They hit that magic spot ... where you just want to lay into them and pull that sound out. It makes me smile. The tuning range is incredible. I can take the 14 floor tom from a tight bop all the way down to a very deep and low tone. It is actually much lower than where a typical 16 would be tensioned. You know how when a drum is tensioned very loose so you can get a deep dark sound out of it and the head gives off a flappy sound, and the drum just doesn’t sustain because of it? Not these guys. At NO time is the pureness of tone or the sustain impacted by tight or loose tensioning. Just incredible range. The wood hoops ... they are the perfect choice for these shells. A lot of manufacturers are using those thick monster wood hoops. They have their place, for sure. But on a kit that’s trying to give such an old school vibe, those wouldn’t work. The very cool thinner hoops are the correct choice ... looks and sound. They are solid and strong and resist denting. They also do not get in the way. I love playing off them as it gives several more sounds out of a tom. They warm the drum and allow it to sustain for quite a bit longer. Just a perfect addition to the thin shells. PDP sells these shells with steel hoops in the regular Concept line ... and I’m sure they sound fine. But in the Classic line, these wood hoops allow the shells to really breath ... they sing. One note - I would not recommend the thinner wood hoops on a snare. I do not believe the tighter tensioning would be feasible with the current hardware. They do not ship with a bass drum mount or tom mounts. PERFECT excuse to try out another set of INDe tom mounts. Man, those are so cool. I pulled out the drill and popped some holes in the toms and voila! A mountable tom with sustain and more sustain. Love those mounts. I picked up a Tama Star single tom stand from a member here and it’s perfect for this kit. When I feel like having both the 12 and the 13 mounted, I’ve got a vintage Tama double tom stand for that. But for now ... just the 13 floats above that 24 inch bass. The only downside to the kit ... the lugs. But with the quality of sound generated from the shells ... I could care less what the lugs looked like. These drums make a very cool noise.