I've had 4 Pearl kits over the years and they've all been fantastic. And never a single failure of any kind from the hardware. I find it amusing when people talk about the heavy, gigantic pipe mounts. The heaviest gyro-lock tom arm is still lighter than most L-arm mounts, and the pipes are a thinner diameter too. And I don't know why this is never mentioned, but Pearl also offers an L-arm mount in their catalog. It was part of the Rhythm Traveler Pod kit, which is long discontinued, but last I checked you could still order it separately. That's what I did when I got my Wood-Fiberglass kit. Used a BT-3 mount on the bass drum, and an LB-40 bracket attached directly to the 12" tom, along with the pod L-arm which is 9.5mm. Looks classic and clean.