Only One Drum Kit?


The King of Rock'n'Roll
Aug 5, 2005
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Poulsbo, Wa.
Yeah, I am trying to find shops to go try sets out, but it’s not as easy as I thought it would be.

I have two guitar centers close by, they each have a Stage Custom, a PDP, and some $3000 DW. That’s it.
Yeah, sometimes you have to do a bit of travelling.
Not many music stores close to me, either.
I had to go to Seattle, which (back then) was like $15 on the ferry, each way, and then I had to do some driving to find some of these places.
...or I had to go to Tacoma, which is 50 miles, each way, just to get to town...then I had find the places after I got there.
Like I said, have some patience. I took a couple of years to find my kit. That model didn't even exist when I started looking.
...btw, if you know of any drum builders that aren't too far away, check with them, too.
In my area, I went to go see Gerry Garcia, owner of The Seattle Drum Shop and who was also building Garcia drums back then. He had some good insights on how crafting a drum in different ways will give different sounds.
Looking back on it, I sometimes think I should've gone with him, but I spaced his shop when came time to lay down the cash and ended up with the Ludwig's instead.
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DFO Master
Aug 12, 2018
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Right now, I am really leaning toward a Renown with a 22” bass drum.
I don't recall if anyone mentioned this here: The Ludwig Neusonic's are the only ones in that range that are Made in the USA. All the others are made overseas.
In terms of future resale, the USA made drum usually has a higher resale in these mid range kits.
Right now a used 3 piece Neusonic sells for about $1000.
A used 5 piece Renown sells for about $850.
Might matter to you or might not! Just pointing that out as something else to possibly consider in your buying process.
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