A few things:Mark Cooper said:I'll say it again....My comments had nothing to do with sound, quality of build, number of plys, etc. THey look like very nice drums. As far as appearance, they looks very little like a Slingerland set to me. My whole point is that attaching Buddy Rich's name to a type of DW drum set that Buddy never played seems silly. And sorry but to me, the Slingerland tribute drums made more sense, looked more like a Slingerland set and Rich had a history with the company. Kathy Rich's motives have very little relevance. Buddy never played a "beaver tail" set....or a DW.
William Ludwig's new WFL company could produce a Buddy tribute set (if they were allowed) and that would be historically accurate. Buddy played WFL for some time.
I'm awaiting the Tama Gene Krupa Signature set.
(1) The Singerland kit may look more accurate, with the badges and all, but it and Cathy's attempt did not come anywhere near as close to SOUNDING like Buddy's kits. It looks are the criteria, you are right. If sound is more important DW got it right more than Slingerland or Cathy. By a long shot.
(2) Buddy did play Beavertail equipped kits back in the early days - anyone who played Slingerland back then did.
(3) As for Tama, don't laugh. One of my idols - John Poole - who was a Leedy endorser actually owned a Tama kit before he passed. Yeah, I was shocked, but his daughter set me straight on that (much to my chagrin). Who knows what Buddy played or owned. I know that Chick Webb - a Gretch endorser - was known to play a Ludwig snare drum when recording (or nobody was looking.)
For me the key is recreating the sound of the drums Buddy played and DW nailed it on that count. They came pretty close in looks too (I hate that frigging badge and the DW rail on my kit, but I'll get over that.)