If You Were Going to Buy a New Drum Set, What Would it Be?

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I think one should become known for their kits for instance my old Slingerland kit was pretty much all I gigged for years , once in a while I play another , but it became my sig .

You know Steve Gadds kit , Charlie Watts
Neil’s , Etc ………….

I haven’t gigged my Fibes enough yet .
 

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I have a Gretsch USA Custom on order that will tick off all the boxes for me . I have all the kits I am really jonesing for now to be honest. The Gretsch purchase was made as much in sentiment (I have owned more Gretsch kits than any brand) as it is sound and the finish ( Caribbean twilight ).

I am done with boutique kits and super Uber flagship kits . The Gretsch is perfect for the stuff I am doing .
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I just separated from my dream set , the Tama Star Maple in Wild Sea Blue Bosse...It was tough. It was love at first tune. We thought we were going to be together forever. I do not want a "rebound" set right now...It would not be fair to her or me. I will know when the right one comes along.

Really bummed it didn’t work out Murat. You guys were great together.
 

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I have a Gretsch USA Custom on order that will tick off all the boxes for me . I have all the kits I am really jonesing for now to be honest. The Gretsch purchase was made as much in sentiment (I have owned more Gretsch kits than any brand) as it is sound and the finish ( Caribbean twilight ).

I am done with boutique kits and super Uber flagship kits . The Gretsch is perfect for the stuff I am doing .
I love that Caribbean Twilight finish and almost snagged a broadkaster kit in that color but someone else was quicker on the draw.
 

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I'm torn between a set of Ludwig Classic Maples or a set of Yamaha Recording Customs in the standard Buddy Rich sizes but with a black wood finish. I'd never in a million years pay the prices they want for them new, though. Someone else can take the depreciation for bashing them up the same way I would.
 

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I'm torn between a set of Ludwig Classic Maples or a set of Yamaha Recording Customs in the standard Buddy Rich sizes but with a black wood finish. I'd never in a million years pay the prices they want for them new, though. Someone else can take the depreciation for bashing them up the same way I would.
Those two kits are frequently available used, though maybe not in your preferred setup.
 

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If I was buying a new drum set , it would have to be either a Star , SQ2 , Craviotto or Masterworks …. It might be hard to choose between the four though :)
 

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If I was buying a new drum set , it would have to be either a Star , SQ2 , Craviotto or Masterworks …. It might be hard to choose between the four though :)
But you already have all of those coming to you, or at least 3 of them.
 

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Thinking about it carefully I honestly couldn't justify anything more expensive than a Mapex Saturn.
What I’ve never understood about the Saturns is that they get amazing reviews and are a direct competitor for the Starclassic Walnut/Birch but they depreciate so much whereas the Tamas seem to still hold their resale value. I have no idea why. Maybe Mapex isn’t doing enough to market them.
 

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What I’ve never understood about the Saturns is that they get amazing reviews and are a direct competitor for the Starclassic Walnut/Birch but they depreciate so much whereas the Tamas seem to still hold their resale value. I have no idea why. Maybe Mapex isn’t doing enough to market them.
Mapex is now where Pearl and Tama were years ago.
 

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Because I've supported "my team" for about 30-35 years, it's time I purchased a new Premier kit. Especially since Premier has new US distribution and new UK owner who both seem to legitimately understand and respect the lineage of the company.

If I purchased a new kit made here in the US, it would be a Noble and Cooley solid maple, an A&F or another Montineri maple.

You couldn't pay me enough to play a Mapex. :tongue6:
 

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I’ve been wondering about the true differences between an 18” and a 20” kick. I know that 18” is the only officially “permitted” or accepted size for jazz, but couldn’t you just use your 20” and adjust the heads/tuning/playing?

For acoustic jazz, I prefer an 18x14 bass drum tuned medium high, and without muffling (maybe a felt strip), and a 12" tom tuned fairly high. Over the years, I've accumulated enough drums and cymbals that I rarely call on my drums (particularly my bass drums) to be especially "versatile". I just use a different kit or cymbals for the different sounds I'm after.

I'm sure I could tune my 20x16 high and it would sound great, but I haven't touched the factory tuning since it arrived in Feb of 2020!
 
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