Your insight here is invaluable to understand the drum they offer. I am curious where they get their wood and who else they made shells for. If I'm not incorrect many US drum companies use Keller shells. So mass produced shells is really what we see today ... it then comes down edge cutting and hardware (and the look of course).I would own a Barton kit in a heartbeat. In fact, some of his recent deals on FB have been hard to pass on! I was able to spend the better part of an hour with him while he was putting heads on some kits. Even went through his phone as he showed me pics of the manufacturing plant. In a nutshell / Reader's Digest second hand version of the story, he and a partner acquired this factory. He had been buying shells from this place and thought that he and his partner could make them better and cheaper. So they started making shells to be branded by other companies until they came upon the idea to create their own line, cutting out the middleman and selling direct. He explained to me how they source their wood from the same places as the major companies. He showed me that the difference in cost between wood types is fairly minor when talking about the amount of wood to make a single kit. The vast differences we see between DRUM COMPANY A's Birch vs. their Maple is the result of marketing more than true cost recovery. Some woods are indeed more expensive and some are more difficult to work with, so there may be less usable plies in a purchase, and these issues are reflected in the retail pricing. You won't see a lot in the way of custom sizing or finishes. Their finish options are ever changing as to what's available at the warehouse, but you will see everything from durable PVC wraps to hand lacquered sparkle finishes, to wood stains, to... The pricing for new is where they shine, but only based on what I believe is a quality product. If they were crap, then the pricing wouldn't be a factor to me.