Still stunning, and maybe even more so because its actually not SOB. Like the Black Maple from the original Maple Custom Absolute, but darker. Classy.True. I have the 75th anniversary snare but not the full kit.
Agree, I made that mistake once - although the black hardware would've looked a bit less garish if the finish was not sunburst !There are actually very few finishes that I dislike. One of my kits (1980s Pearl MLX) is black piano lacquer and looks super classy, especially with the chrome hardware on and around it.
However, I’ve never really liked black hardware on drums. Gun metal is a big maybe, but the flat or glossy black just doesn’t appeal to me.