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My thoughts exactly. Imagine breaking one after 2 years and having 2 years left to pay it off.
You make a great point. And hey, I get it, credit is a necessity in some instances — my credit card bills are proof of that. Many of us don't have the income to drop on new gear whenever we feel like.

But, really, do we need to encourage drummers to make 4 years of payments for that 16" 2002 Medium Crash on their kits?
 

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You make a great point. And hey, I get it, credit is a necessity in some instances — my credit card bills are proof of that. Many of us don't have the income to drop on new gear whenever we feel like.

But, really, do we need to encourage drummers to make 4 years of payments for that 16" 2002 Medium Crash on their kits?
Ideally, you finance full sets, though a 22” Signature is close to $600!

I don’t play hard. I also don’t gig at the moment, so paying over time makes sense for me. If I were still gigging, 1/3 of my take goes to the gear, 1/3 for incidentals and 1/3 to finance my wife’s holiday. The gear would be paid off quickly.
 

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My thoughts exactly. Imagine breaking one after 2 years and having 2 years left to pay it off.
Awhile back, I paid the $3.27 (or whatever it was) Amazon 2 year extended warranty for a bass drum head, only to see if it would be honored. The head is still in service but I don't remember which drum it's on. I guess I could try to post a claim when one of them goes south.

I wouldn't expect to get a fresh, new one out of it, but you never know.
 

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Pearl Modern Utility maple snare drums

6.5x14 for $177


8x14 for $199


Someone on the forum recently said he received a 6.5x14 and it had quality issues. On the other hand, I recently bought an 8x14 and it is great quality and sounds fantastic.
 

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Pearl Modern Utility maple snare drums

6.5x14 for $177


8x14 for $199


Someone on the forum recently said he received a 6.5x14 and it had quality issues. On the other hand, I recently bought an 8x14 and it is great quality and sounds fantastic.
So update - I kept the Pearl Utility, pulled the snare sides off and the shell was fine (it looked splintered with the snare side and hoops on. Snare side hoops were a little warped but I think that's something that's come to be expected with Pearl's 1.6mm hoops, the quality on these things are really bad. I'm just going to replace them with 2.3mm.

Drum sounds fine too, a little boxy maybe but I'm still tinkering with it. Waiting for a 3 ply snare side to ship and already put an Ambassador on it. And DCP sold it to me for around that Amazon price fwiw.
 

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Pearl Modern Utility maple snare drums

6.5x14 for $177


8x14 for $199


Someone on the forum recently said he received a 6.5x14 and it had quality issues. On the other hand, I recently bought an 8x14 and it is great quality and sounds fantastic.
Man, I could use an 8x14....don't think I'd like the 1.6mm hoops on it though.
 

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Man, I could use an 8x14....don't think I'd like the 1.6mm hoops on it though.
2.3 hoops are $12.41 each. Not a big investment!
 

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2.3 hoops are $12.41 each. Not a big investment!
Same hoops I got to replace all of my Pearl drum hoops.

They're decent hoops.

edit: Just noticed, the Utility I got 6.5x14 is an 8 lug, not a 10 lug and DFD is currently out of stock of chrome snare side 8 lug 14 inch 2.3mm but will have them in a couple weeks.
 
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So update - I kept the Pearl Utility, pulled the snare sides off and the shell was fine (it looked splintered with the snare side and hoops on. Snare side hoops were a little warped but I think that's something that's come to be expected with Pearl's 1.6mm hoops, the quality on these things are really bad. I'm just going to replace them with 2.3mm.

Drum sounds fine too, a little boxy maybe but I'm still tinkering with it. Waiting for a 3 ply snare side to ship and already put an Ambassador on it. And DCP sold it to me for around that Amazon price fwiw.
I think every companies low line stuff now days are low quality. Out of curiosity, where is that drum made?
The stuff coming from China vs. Taiwan is like night and day!
 

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I think every companies low line stuff now days are low quality. Out of curiosity, where is that drum made?
The stuff coming from China vs. Taiwan is like night and day!
It was made in China and I agree with you, there seems to be a big shift toward lower quality stuff - but I knew that before I ordered it. It's still ok, I'm replacing the hoops with 2.3mm, the rest of the hardware and throw-off seems ok and it sounds fine for what I'm doing. Just played it a bit today, it does sound ok but I'm still fiddling with the tensioning. I have a 3m snare head on order along with 20 string better snares, still using the cheap snareside that it came with but put an Ambassador on the top.
 

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It was made in China and I agree with you, there seems to be a big shift toward lower quality stuff - but I knew that before I ordered it. It's still ok, I'm replacing the hoops with 2.3mm, the rest of the hardware and throw-off seems ok and it sounds fine for what I'm doing. Just played it a bit today, it does sound ok but I'm still fiddling with the tensioning. I have a 3m snare head on order along with 20 string better snares, still using the cheap snareside that it came with but put an Ambassador on the top.
Cool! By changing it all up you'll make it sound good. A couple years ago I bought a Sonor Bop snare (brand new) for $50 from a guy on Craigslist that bought the whole kit but didn't need the snare. It's bottom of the barrel Sonor but for $50 I figured why not! It's also Chinese made. I got it solely so I could put it on a stand for practice. I got bored of the crappy sound about 2 minutes after I first played it and decided to change everything out. Heads, snare wires etc... It sounds great!!
 

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Cool! By changing it all up you'll make it sound good. A couple years ago I bought a Sonor Bop snare (brand new) for $50 from a guy on Craigslist that bought the whole kit but didn't need the snare. It's bottom of the barrel Sonor but for $50 I figured why not! It's also Chinese made. I got it solely so I could put it on a stand for practice. I got bored of the crappy sound about 2 minutes after I first played it and decided to change everything out. Heads, snare wires etc... It sounds great!!
Right, I think almost anything will sound ok with proper fitting. I'm kinda buyers remorsing for not getting an Export kit instead of the Decade I have now but I'm married to the Decade now and it wasn't that much more TBH and it's fine, I'll stick with it.

My re-entry level kit was a Pearl Roadshow and the hardware was all crap, threw the mounts and arms out and replaced them with Gibraltar. Had to do a little drilling and the snare, I bought a better throw-off from someone here and mounted it, snareside head is on it's way and new snares and I think it will be fine. Sounds decent now but I'm still messing around.

Boredom stuff, why not? Thinking about re-wrapping it, it's turned into my stupid project kit to experiment with, the shells are fine, really decent actually and it might turn into my gigging kit if that happens anytime soon. Bass is a little shallow but if I'm going to lug it around that might work in my favor.

Anything will work I believe if you have the effort to make it so.
 

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Bosphorus Cymbals K18C6H 18-Inch Turk Series Fx Crash Cymbal $141
- showing out of stock but I would guess that just means a longer delivery

Bosphorus Cymbals T19CMT 19-Inch Traditional Series Crash Cymbal for $175, same thing out of stock https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JBH7LAA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_20JJZ70AFD8T3MHCXFQD
 

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I don't know much about Soultone. Maybe the last time I heard them was in a Meytal video. They sounded decent and those are very good prices.
 

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I don't know much about Soultone. Maybe the last time I heard them was in a Meytal video. They sounded decent and those are very good prices.
I can't get past the name and the logo. I know that's superficial, but I just can't. I'm sure they're as good as any of the handmade Turkish cymbals being produced today, which are awesome.
 


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