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Did you ever own your “dream” kit ?

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I had high hopes of getting my dream kit, either a Mapex Saturn, Natal Originals,Premier Insignia or a Sonor 3007 ( in white) for my 50th but life has got in the way and there's little hope of it happening, in fact it looks like I'm going to need to sell what I have rather than buy.
 

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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.
I had been a huge fan of Yamaha drums at that time and this being the flagship of Yamaha I was excited to get these drums .
9 months later they arrived . I literally took them from the shop to a gig the same day. I was surprised how heavy the shells were . Very thick shells , but the drums did not sound like your typical thick shell kit . Super resonant to the point of almost being too resonant if you could say that . The build quality is incredible , some of the finest bearing edges ever . The drums really projected . The drums were beautiful and very different from any kits I had previously. My local shop had received a Noble and Cooley Horizon kit that after testing out , I just preferred to my Yamaha PHX kit . The N&C shells were lighter and the sound was warmer and I found the drums easier to dial in . The only issue was the finish was not really my favourite but the sound was fantastic . I bought the N&C kit and knew my Yamaha PHX days were numbered .

I assume Senior (DanRH) will have a cool story to relate as well for this thread .
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I have been very lucky with my kit choices and have had some Awesome Kits.
The first kit I seriously saved for was a Noonan. short stack 12.13.14.16.22. and snare, this was in 2001, cost a couple of grand, I have had it up for sale but have always jumped back from pulling the trigger on letting it go. I still have it, but it's too nice to take into pubs so it'll probably be buried with me when I croak! I've sold a mint Premier Resonator -big regret but the biggest choke I've ever made was a YAMAHA OAK X CUSTOM - Black Sparkle. I got a three piece 14, 18 and 22. Loved it. Then I saw for sale 10, 12, 16 and 22 over in Wales. I bought it. So I had a double bass drum Monster that sounded like the door of Valhalla slamming. I swapped it for a DW Collectors five piece. What a mistake. I'm now going to push pins under my nails because I can never forgive myself for being such a mug.
 

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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.
I had been a huge fan of Yamaha drums at that time and this being the flagship of Yamaha I was excited to get these drums .
9 months later they arrived . I literally took them from the shop to a gig the same day. I was surprised how heavy the shells were . Very thick shells , but the drums did not sound like your typical thick shell kit . Super resonant to the point of almost being too resonant if you could say that . The build quality is incredible , some of the finest bearing edges ever . The drums really projected . The drums were beautiful and very different from any kits I had previously. My local shop had received a Noble and Cooley Horizon kit that after testing out , I just preferred to my Yamaha PHX kit . The N&C shells were lighter and the sound was warmer and I found the drums easier to dial in . The only issue was the finish was not really my favourite but the sound was fantastic . I bought the N&C kit and knew my Yamaha PHX days were numbered .

I assume Senior (DanRH) will have a cool story to relate as well for this thread .
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I own a few kits that are dream kits for me. One is my early production Noble & Cooley Horizon Series Kit. N&C told me it is the 8th Horizon Series Kit they ever made. The other is a Noble & Cooley Star Series Steam Bent Kit. I want the Noble & Cooley SS Classic Steam Bent Kit but never could find one in the price range I could afford which was about 7-8K at my best time. I can’t even afford that these days so this dream probably won’t ever come true. Fortunately, I have a friend that owns one of them and I have had the occasional fortune to play on it. Very thankful to the opportunity as it is a very special kit and I play in such a fashion that I was allowed to play the kit.
 

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Here are mine in the order I got my dream kit. I hate to think about the next one I go after.

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I had high hopes of getting my dream kit, either a Mapex Saturn, Natal Originals,Premier Insignia or a Sonor 3007 ( in white) for my 50th but life has got in the way and there's little hope of it happening, in fact it looks like I'm going to need to sell what I have rather than buy.
Sorry to hear. Life can play funny tricks on us.
 

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Yep! I bought a used 1984 Tama Imperial Star kit. I was in middle school 1987. It came with a ton of Zildjian A series cymbals. I loved the way Tommy Aldridge, Mick Brown (Dokken), and Tommy Lee set thier kits up back in the day. I'm still a cymbal snob... but I don't get as thrilled on new kit's like I used too! I'm glad you started this feed. GREAT memories!!!!!!
 

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Here are mine in the order I got my dream kit. I hate to think about the next one I go after.

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Here are mine in the order I got my dream kit. I hate to think about the next one I go after.

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I dig your 'Tight' set-up. Nice and clean!
 

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I’m fortunate to have some dreamy vintage kits... I like all of them. I bought all this stuff when I was single and life was much simpler. Lol. I still have them. I also like a Yamaha maple absolute in blue sparkle.
 

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My dream kits.
First one - Slingerland 20/16/13? (Maybe a 12, I don’t remember). My first real kit. Stolen.
Second one - Rogers Big R, 22/12/13/16 with a COB Dynasonic. Stolen.
Next - Yamaha MCA, originally 18/10/12/14. Added a 16 and a 22 bass. Still have them and they aren’t going anywhere.
And finally - my latest dream kit Tama Starclassic Maples, will be 20/10/12/14/16 when the 10 and 16 show up. Puts a grin on my face every time I hit one.

JH
 

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Mine was a Yamaha 25th Anniversary Recording Custom….gone to a new home. Best sounding kit I ever owned.
 

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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.
I had been a huge fan of Yamaha drums at that time and this being the flagship of Yamaha I was excited to get these drums .
9 months later they arrived . I literally took them from the shop to a gig the same day. I was surprised how heavy the shells were . Very thick shells , but the drums did not sound like your typical thick shell kit . Super resonant to the point of almost being too resonant if you could say that . The build quality is incredible , some of the finest bearing edges ever . The drums really projected . The drums were beautiful and very different from any kits I had previously. My local shop had received a Noble and Cooley Horizon kit that after testing out , I just preferred to my Yamaha PHX kit . The N&C shells were lighter and the sound was warmer and I found the drums easier to dial in . The only issue was the finish was not really my favourite but the sound was fantastic . I bought the N&C kit and knew my Yamaha PHX days were numbered .

I assume Senior (DanRH) will have a cool story to relate as well for this thread .
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Yes I did! 1968 Ludwig Psycadelic Red set. And Zildjian Cymbals, it Glowed in Black Light! Sold it in "69 when got sent to Vietnam. Never took any photos ,sad
 

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I started playing drums in the mid 90s on a Tama Rockstar.
Back then, my dream kit was a Tama Starclassic Maple, which I bought in 2003.
This was a very balanced and versatile kit. The thin maple shell makes it warm and resonant, and the diecast rims give it punches and articulation.
I sold it this year as I don’t like 12X9 toms and 22X18 bass drums anymore.

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My most recent dream kit was the Oriollo Bakar that JCKOriollo reviewed here:
https://www.drumforum.org/threads/the-official-oriollo-seamless-spun-copper-kit-review.156091/

I missed it the first time it was for sale, but I didn’t miss my chance the second time.
The look, the feel and the tone of this kit are fantastic.



Oriollo Bakar Spun Copper Drums
 
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Probably like many of you, my dream kit when I was a kid was an Octaplus :) But in pondering this question, I can honestly say that I really don't have a dream kit. Maybe a couple of dream snares, but there isn't anything kit-wise that keeps me up at night.
 


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