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Did you ever own your “dream” kit ?

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Did you ever scrap the dough together for what you thought was your dream kit ? How did it work out for you ? Do you still have it ?
When I was 15 I convinced my parents to let me have drums if I paid for them myself. I tutored a 9-year-old pervert for a year to earn the money. When I finally had it, I went with my mom and my drum teacher to Sam Ash and bought a set of black Pearl Exports with Zildjian cymbals. At the time, whatever kit I ended up with would have been my dream kit - I was just so thrilled to have my own drums. Still have them.
 

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I always think the NEXT kit will be my dream set!

I would love a Sonor Vintage series or a Summit kit but dont see me every having the funds at one time for either... so the "dream" continues!
 
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Never had a dream kit. Heck I only ever have had one brand new kit in my life. I would say now my dream kit is a modern Ludwig. Maybe a neusonic. Might not be super high end but something I would eventually love to get.
 

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Blue Onyx Swivo Rogers 24 20 12 13 16 18 6.5 Dyna 5 " Dyna 5" COB Powertone . The 18 was Fullerton , the rest Dayton . Put a lot of mileage on them for @ 10 years in various configurations . Near the end it was 24 13 16 with the Powertone . Hopefully still laying it down somewhere loud and smokey .
 

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Did you ever scrap the dough together for what you thought was your dream kit ? How did it work out for you ? Do you still have it ?

I have owned a few kits that at one time I would have considered a dream kit , but the one that really sticks out for me was a Yamaha PHX kit . I sold two kits to fund this kit (one being my former well liked Yamaha Club Customs ) . The finish was chosen with input from my partner Marisa.

Mine is also my PHX in turquoise fade ash gloss. Wow, what a nice set it is. But it’s the wrong configuration for me. It’s a 12/16/22, but I prefer a 13 with a 16/22 combo. Seeking a 13” tom for it right now. We’ll see what happens.

Still kept my blue swirl Club Customs! Seeking an 18” or 20” kick for that kit, as I prefer a smaller kick for the smaller toms — it’s currently a 12/14/22.
 

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At the time, around mid 1980s I thought my dream kit was a set of Sonor Phonics…. 2x24; 12, 13 and 14 racks and an 18 floor. It sounded awful. I also had a Tama Superstar kit in Super Mahogany: 2x22, 10, 12, 13, 14 racks and a 16 floor., and that kit sounded amazing .
I couldn’t keep everything and when I was thinking about selling the Tama kit I explained to a friend that i was going to keep the Sonors because I thought they’d be worth more $$ even though I preferred the Tama kit. His response “ you’re crazy to sell that kit! Don’t ever sell a kit that you really like. Sell the Sonors.” I followed his lead, sold the Sonor kit and still have the Tama kit (which has traditional size toms). The Tama kit was a real “Friday afternoon build.” The factory workers were in a great mood when they built those drums. I still have them, and they still sound (and look) great. I’m so glad I kept them and sold the Sonor kit.
 

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I guess my first kit. See, I always wanted to play drums but never go to. I had spent some time getting better and better at Guitar Hero and Rock Band drums, and then finally I got REAL drums. It was amazing. Wasn't so much about the kit as much as getting to have the experience. As much as I would love a Gretsch USA Custom or a Sleishman kit... I just really don't need them.
 

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I call it my “one that got away”.

The DW Maple/Mahogany with Feathered Mahogany outer ply. The finish is Candy to Black fade. .

Sizes 8x7, 10x7, 12x7, 15x14, 18x14, 22x16, and a one off 15x10 snare.

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Because of the wood choice, the shorter sizes still sounded deeper than they were (and I need the short sizes because of my height).

The finish was hand painted by Louie Garcia and is stunning.

The set started out as a 10/12/13/15/18/22 back in 2018 when Jay Postones from Tesseract ordered them.

As the 12 and 13 toms that came with it were too deep for me (8 deep), I made an offer on only a part of the set and it got accepted.

After I bought it, I ordered the 12 toms and 15 snare in 2020, and a few days before it got sold last year, the 8 came in.

All perfectly matched in finish, without sending anything in (a huge shoutout to Erik Paulson from Cymbal Fusion).

My only gripe was the weight and that they couldn’t source more feathered mahogany for more drums (as I wanted a Daxdad too).

I thought I made a good choice selling it, and get the rare Sonor Signature Special Edition (for some the holy grail), but in hindsight it wasn’t and it became the most stupid thing I had done in drum-wise.

A close second was my custom Oak rig. Used for 9 years (longest time I kept a kit) and went through some alterations along the way.

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It ended up as a kit with 8x7, 10x8, 12x8, 14x14, 16x16, 22x17, 16x16 side kick, 20x13 or 14 gong, and a factory matched custom Sub-Kick.
 
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I've had a few 'dream kits' over the years. Tastes & needs change, along with style of the day. Kits #2 & 3, a cherry stained Gretsch from the 80's, then a red marine pearl DW from the mid-90's both fit the bill at the time. Pretty well any of the Rogers kits I've owned, exception being Big R's. Right now either of my 2 main Ludwig kits, a 63 Champagne Super Classic & a 1970 BO Bowling Ball SC, are definitely dream kits, though the 1970 BO Bowling Ball SC's are right on the money.
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I started saving at 14 years old and by the time I was 16 I finally got to order what I thought was my dream kit. 14x12,16x16, 18x16, 26x14 Ludwig Classic Maple in natural maple with a 402 supraphonic and full hardware set. As soon as I got them I was pretty disappointed in how they sounded. Ludwig outfitted them with clear single plies top and bottom and a clear powerstroke style bass drum head which were the opposite of the big warm rock sound I wanted, so back to another couple months of saving to rehead them.

I still have them 19 years later and they are very good drums but more modern sounding than I really prefer and the sizes will probably never really make sense for anything I will ever do but I doubt I’ll ever sell them
 

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I think it’s the 2001 Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute bop kit I just got.
Been trying to find one for a few years. They literally got delivered into my lap in the right color and condition.
Very happy with them.
 

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I think it’s the 2001 Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute bop kit I just got.
Been trying to find one for a few years. They literally got delivered into my lap in the right color and condition.
Very happy with them.
Stunning.

Its sister kit.

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It even has the same double tom mount instead of the regular triple model.
 

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Maple Custom Absolute was my dream kit for a while, but shortly after I got it I decided to go back to my roots,
and now I have a couple Ludwig Classic Maple kits that I wouldn't replace with anything else.
 

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The tama birch/maple kit I received not long ago is pretty dreamy, both visually and sound wise. I knew I would love them from some soft taps in a drum shop. Still waiting on one floor tom and if I can talk to someone directly at tama I’ld like a matching gong drum
 

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Maple Custom Absolute was my dream kit for a while, but shortly after I got it I decided to go back to my roots,
and now I have a couple Ludwig Classic Maple kits that I wouldn't replace with anything else.
Not mine :-D


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I went back and purchased most all of the kits I dreamt about in the drum magazines of my youth and young adult life.
I think a lot of us did that when we went through the vintage kits phase.
I missed a few … but most ran through here.
That could have given me insight into what my “perfect dream kit“ might be.
Oddly enough, it didn‘t.
I learned that each kit had something special … but none were perfect.
I don’t have that dream kit desire anymore.
So these days I’m playing a couple nice kits that possess the feel and sound I’m seeking for specific projects.
It works for me.
 


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