Sorry...didn't mean to ignore your question.That is insane. No mention from them that they did that?
No, the shells came back to me and I just put everything back together. NB: I had special ordered that set and I had nothing but problems - everything from pedals breaking (both the hi hat stand and the bass drum pedal broke in the middle of performing) to cymbal stands stripping out to a dented COB snare shell! The guys at the music store must have gotten tired of me bringing stuff back. Anyway, I fired off a letter to Slingerland addressed to Don Osborne complaining about everything, hence Larry Linkin's reply.