Need help deciding on next kit! Ddrum or Pearl ?

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Looking at these 2 kits but can't really decide:



I haven't really had much experience with ddrum but I really like the configuration and satin black finish. Sweetwater doesn't have a video of them but ddrum's video sounds pretty darn good. Normally wouldn't really go for the 20" long kick, mainly because of the footprint but I actually really liked the boom from a 22x20 Gretsch I used to have. The Pearl sounds REALLY good in the Sweetwater video and I love that Black Halo finish and it does have the more traditional size bass drum. Pearl is a brand I'm more familiar with too but the main deterrent is the 6 month build time. Either way planning to add a 18" floor tom, which is already available online for the ddrum but I think I'd have to order that for the Pearl too.

I'm probably gonna let go of my Ludwig Classic Maple to fund the new kit. Seems like maybe a downgrade but the ddrum is also maple. Something enticing though about the birch/mahogany configuration on the Pearls. Anybody have any experience with these ?
 

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Looking at these 2 kits but can't really decide:.....

I'm probably gonna let go of my Ludwig Classic Maple to fund the new kit. Seems like maybe a downgrade but the ddrum is also maple. Something enticing though about the birch/mahogany configuration on the Pearls. Anybody have any experience with these ?
Of the 3 mentioned - first choice by a wide margin - keep the Classic Maples.
2nd choice would be the Pearl,
and far down the list would be Ddrum

So - not much help deciding from me. :p
 

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Ddrum is going to have really poor resale value if you don’t end up liking them long term. For that reason alone I would buy the Pearl. But it seems to me that in this price range there should be a lot more options to consider. Especially if you are willing to consider used. But if it’s new only, what about Gretach Renown or Tama? I would put both of those higher on the list if it were my purchase.
And I agree with the others that a USA Ludwig set is going to be better quality than any of the others.
 

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I've bought Pearl almost exclusively over the past few decades, 5 or 6 kits in all. The Decade kit I have now is ok but IMO Pearl's quality has dropped or I just got smarter and wiser in my (ahem...), advancing years.

JMO but if I were to buy a new kit I would be looking in a different direction and probably not new at this point for me. Seems like everything is junky anymore so finding quality is harder to get anymore seemingly.
 

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Change it up! Go with the birch/mahogany Pearl kit. If you want a change, that would be a good one. Everyone loves those drums. The Ludwigs are awesome, but it’s definitely not a downgrade to the Session Studios. Apples and oranges.
 

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Those kits are both downgrades from your Ludwigs. You're going from a pro-tier kit to two mid-tier options. They're all fine drums -- even the student-tier drums most manufacturers are making these days are sufficient for most people's needs, but let's not pretend that this isn't a downgrade. What's the reason for selling the Ludwigs?
 

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Pearl Session Studio Select is a very good kit for the money.
Sounds a little different than maples, but I really like it.
 

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Keep the Ludwigs, or sell them...to buy different Ludwig/Gretsch ;)
 

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Have you pounded around on the kits at your nearest local drum shop?
 

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Appreciate everyone's input. I know selling the Ludwigs doesn't exactly make sense even to me--I think it's more about making a change than anything. I've had the Ludwigs about 12 years, loved and taken care of them but just feel like it's time for a change. The Ludwig is a 13/16/22 and also have an old Rogers 12/14/20 set that I may let go of (but probably willing to sit on longer)--I had been using the toms from it with the Ludwig and want to be able to fund a 4 tom kit and maybe even add a 5th. I'm playing with a heavier rock band and hopefully gigging again soon and honestly just feeling more like having a solid player's kit, as much as I've loved these classic kits. I've just been hearing some mid grade kits lately that tuned up really well --do wish I could check out some of these in person but very few dealers have the ddrums on hand.
 

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My Pearl Session Studio Selects are absolutely incredible. One of the best built and sounding kits I've played. Pearl really stepped it up on these. It's a kit I never plan on replacing.

The Ludwigs are also incredible though!
 

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GC has one of the newer 6 piece DDrum on sale for about $1100 in a natural maple.

Includes die cast 13 inch rim snare,22x20 BD and it's not bad.
Quality fit and finish are pretty good.

But,Ddrum has garnered a bad rep over the years for poor materials and workmanship,so buyer beware.
 

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I have no experience with either kit you are looking at. I do, however, own the Pearl Session Studio Classic in Birch/Kapur wood.

If I were playing a gig comprised of heavier rock music, the Pearl would be my go to.

I'm always concerned with resale value, and in that regard Ddrum would be a concern for me.
 

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Appreciate everyone's input. I know selling the Ludwigs doesn't exactly make sense even to me--I think it's more about making a change than anything. I've had the Ludwigs about 12 years, loved and taken care of them but just feel like it's time for a change. The Ludwig is a 13/16/22 and also have an old Rogers 12/14/20 set that I may let go of (but probably willing to sit on longer)--I had been using the toms from it with the Ludwig and want to be able to fund a 4 tom kit and maybe even add a 5th. I'm playing with a heavier rock band and hopefully gigging again soon and honestly just feeling more like having a solid player's kit, as much as I've loved these classic kits. I've just been hearing some mid grade kits lately that tuned up really well --do wish I could check out some of these in person but very few dealers have the ddrums on hand.
Do tell, with pics, about the Rogers??? 60's? 70's??
 
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I never understand why people who don't live in apartments, and/or who aren't strapped for cash sell drums. I love having day to day (or gig to gig) options. Of course, I'm the guy who'd rather have several dirt cheap warhorse vehicles than own a single perfect Tacoma.
 


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