By itself, that Pearl aluminum is excellent. The price is right, the hardware is bullet-proof, and the tone is exactly what you expect from an aluminum shell, crisp and dry. I tried it in a store once, and would have gotten it if I hadn't snagged a 1990's Masters Brass a few days before.
After 40 years with only one snare (Pearl #4514 14"x5.5" steel), I wanted to try different sizes. So I ended up with these:
Pearl Sensitone S1250 12"x5" steel
Pearl Omar Hakim Signature 13"x5" Mahogany
Pearl Firecracker FCS1050 steel 10"x5"
Pearl B-5314D Brass Shell (Masters) 14"x6.5"
My cymbals are “international”. Zildjian, Paiste, Stagg, Silken. I get which ever interest me. For drums, I have all Pearl. It wasn’t intentional though. They were just at the right place at the right time.
I have an Omar too. Ambassador coated batter, ambassador snare side, pure sound Blaster 20. I like it at all tunings, even choked. Tuned high, it has a warmer, nicer pop and a slightly higher pitch than my 14x5.5 steel.