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I just had a baby girl so I sold one of my kits a few months back. Now I looking at potential kits and I am stuck on 2 main options. The first is a Sequoia Red Pearl BLX with 10x8, 12x10, 13x11, 14x12, 16x16 and 22x16 for $599. The other is a brand new Tama Starclassic B/B with 12x8, 16x16 and 22x18 for $899. I am also looking at Gretsch Renown kits and adding another Saturn but these two have my most attention.

Which way would you guys lean?
 

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I just had a baby girl so I sold one of my kits ...

Which way would you guys lean?
If you just had a kid, and you already have a kit ...

I’m old school here, so don’t take offense.

I’d be cool with the kit I had and wouldn’t look for a new kit. I’d put my focus on my family and channel any and all resources towards that pond.

That’s me. Your results may vary.
 

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Know "your" exact (wanted) sizes...Rest falls into place
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Oddly enough, I’m not too fussy about the sizes as many seem to be. My first kit was a Tama Rockstar with power toms, then I got Pearl kit with 10x10 and 12x10 toms. I was 10 years old playing on deep toms so I am accustomed to them. 12x10 is a deep as I would go though and the 13x11 most likely wouldn’t see much use unless set up to the left of my hats which probably wouldn’t happen often.
 

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If you just had a kid, and you already have a kit ...

I’m old school here, so don’t take offense.

I’d be cool with the kit I had and wouldn’t look for a new kit. I’d put my focus on my family and channel any and all resources towards that pond.

That’s me. Your results may vary.
No offense taken. When I sold my kit, it wasn’t a necessity to, but I did it so that I could get ahead of it and but the bulk of the expensive stuff (car seats, crib, bassinet, etc). Now that stuff is acquired and I have saved money, I can get a kit and have it not be a detriment to my family. I also will most likely utilize layaway on anything that I buy, even though I have the money to buy outright.
 

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If you like the birch sound, the Pearl looks like a very flexible combination of sizes. You can do a 13/16/22 or a 10/12/14/22. You could even put the 16" on its side and use a 12/14/16 set-up for small gigs, or 10/13/16 if you're into lower tuning.
 

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If you like the birch sound, the Pearl looks like a very flexible combination of sizes. You can do a 13/16/22 or a 10/12/14/22. You could even put the 16" on its side and use a 12/14/16 set-up for small gigs, or 10/13/16 if you're into lower tuning.
I was king of thinking this as well. I used to have a black BLX in the exact same sizes that I only sold because a lot of the long lugs were broken and it was too hard to find replacements. The lugs on this one are all perfect. I also am pulled to the Starclassic B/B because of the discontinued shell that I have always loved. I have to admit though that there are so many more setup options with the BLX even though I don’t really fiddle with my setup often.
 

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I'd keep an eye on CL, EBay and elsewhere and buy a quality used kit.
 

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Man, the B/B's are such sexy drums though. They look incredible and sounds even better. Extremely high quality build out.
They're pricier, but I'd go Tama over Pearl. I'd be a bit wary of that 18" deep bass drum shell, but I'm always a bit too concerned with resale value.
 

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A word of caution on Pearl BLX - the threaded bosses on the lugs (the parts that go into the shell and house the lug screws) are prone to breaking. On the kit I had, although the toms were not affected, half the bosses on the bass drum were toast. Very weird considering I have a lot less tension on bass drum heads than tom heads. Great sounding drums though.
 

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A word of caution on Pearl BLX - the threaded bosses on the lugs (the parts that go into the shell and house the lug screws) are prone to breaking. On the kit I had, although the toms were not affected, half the bosses on the bass drum were toast. Very weird considering I have a lot less tension on bass drum heads than tom heads. Great sounding drums though.
Yeah, I know very well about the BLX/MLX lugs being prone to breakage. I had a black BLX that sounded amazing but had many of the long lugs that had broken. That is why I sold that one because it would have been too much to replace them all with new long lug (which could break again) or replace them with Session/Masters lugs.
 

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I have found a Premier Vitria with 22x17, 10x8, 12x9, 14x14 in pretty good condition form $250. These have a Maple/Eucalyptus/Maple shell and low profile die-cast hoops. I played one of these kits a while ago as a backline kit and was surprised how much I liked the tone and sound on these, although I thought they were Premier XPK drums at the time (Birch/Eucalyptus/Birch). This kit would mainly be for gigging/rehearsals/sheds. I might just add this one. I need to go see it in person.
 

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Buy the Pearl. You will save $300 for needed diaper/formula and still have 3 additional drums to sell if need be....and congrats!
 

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I am still deciding what to do about a kit, but I did find a Pearl m-314LX 8 ply maple snare (6.5x14) for $80 bucks that I had to pick up. Will post pics when it ships in.

And thanks for acknowledgment of my new baby girl! She’s just too adorable!!
 


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