I like a crisp pristine large chip WMP ... all others need not apply.
When it's got the tobacco stain shades ... not a fan.
When it's got the urine runoff shades ... not a fan.
When it's clean but is the small chips ... really not a fan.
WMP with a tad of yellow is perfect. Yes, evenly done. Yes, still pearly. Not too much, just like an off WMP.......here is a Standard snare I rewrapped using vintage MIJ WMP - it looks close to Ludwig but matches my '68 13/16/22 kit perfectly.
WMP that's vintage and white scares me - was it taken out and played?
And some WMP is just "bad" - I have some player RK toms from the 40's and the pearl is long gone - just an unevenly yellowed mess!
I'm in the white is better camp. I like 60's Ludwig WMP best then probably the stuff they used in the late 70's/early 80's (though I know that stuff was prone to shrinkage and cracking). When I see it yellowed out, it reminds me of cigarette smoke which I am not a fan. In reality its nearly impossible to find drums that have zero fade (though I have seen some really white examples) so I am not completely against yellowed pearl. I like it to look even though so it's all one shade. I scored a really cool 1966 20,12,14 snare club date a few years back that was really dirty and it cleaned up really nice. Unfortunately some pieces like the 8x12 were REALLY yellow while the floor tom and snare were not too bad. The bass drum was somewhere between the other pieces. I ended up selling it but I do miss it.
I have a circa 1975 Slingerland Stage Band kit in white marine pearl wrap. I don't think it looks yellowed, but I'll leave that up to more discriminating eyes. I love the look and I guess all those decades sitting in basements away from the sun has done some good.
WHen I started out, we ahd an ols "Star" drumkit at school. I thought that yellow-ish, beig Pearl was jsut a colour. never occured to me ti had been white originally.
It's nostalgic so ok on old kits, but I wouldn't pick it for a new kit. I 'm generally not a fan of wraps., except maybe for a heavy-gigging/touring kit.
I have a 10-year-old Ludwig Classic Maple kit in WMP, which works very well with the big band I play in. From sun exposure, it's now YMP. I don't dislike the yellowed color enough to spend the money to rewrap the kit, but looking at pictures of the kit when it was new...
This was on my short list. I really like it. Ultimately, I went with SBP for it's versatility with light on stage and the fact I've never owned a blue kit. This aged onyx was just too close to my Keystone in pewter glass.