Picked these up yesterday for 100$ Ddrum birch hybrid. Came with a few zildjian zht cymbals (which I love reworking cheaper b8) stands sticks pedals throne cowbell. And a tama birch super star snare Not bad for 100$ has some scratches but it’ll be the gig kit for now.
Turkish Classic thin crash 16". US$70. 921 grams. Has a funky complex wash, and a nice smooth sustain. Not particularly "dark" sounding, but is distinct enough from my A Zildjian 18" thin crash which it will usually partner. The seller bought this from a store next to the factory. This is my first Turkish-style cymbal actually made there.
Bit the bullet and picked up an LM402 today. Of course JB used one, but after hearing the very different sounds James Gadson pulls out of the same drum on Ain't No Sunshine (see live version on YouTube) and then reading (here!) that Stan Lynch used one as well on some of my favorite drum songs ever IMO this model could be the most universal (and best sounding) drum in history. I feel really good about this purchase.
I wanted the option of muffling it down internally (like I believe James does in the recording) so added this muffler
Just a couple of carefully placed holes and its good to go. Without tension the pad is ~3/8" under the plane of where the head lays; just enough to have no effect and then its a couple of turns to full muffling.
I got a great deal on one of these, along with the expansion pack that includes the 20” bass. Going to play around with it for a few weeks, switch it out to mess heads, then pass it off to the grandkids.