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Squirrel Man

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Or worst item you've bought and were totally disappointed using it?

And maybe you don't have a worst kit or item, I've owned several kits and I don't have a worst but I'm guessing some do, what's your story?

Like a significant other, car, job - once you get it sometimes you get hit with that "what the hell was I thinking"?
 

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Pearl MIJ "Valencia". shells so thin if you dropped them they would break.
 

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Sonor 8x14” 12 lug Ferro Manganese steel snare with parallel snare mechanism. I bought it new back in ‘82. Did one thing ok, cranked to oblivion. Cost a fortune, weighed a ton.

Close second was the 80’s Yamaha piccolo brass snare I owned for a month.
 

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A MIJ kit that was given to me by my cousin. I later gifted it t a forum member.
 

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My first kit,Apollo,sounded like crap!
More recent,a Cat Club kit that sounded like my Apollo!
 

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I've only had 4 kits in my 50+ years of playing but hands down it would have to be my first kit, a 4-piece Kent that my parents purchased for my brother at Montgomery Wards and then was handed down to me several years later. The bass drum had 6 lugs and was severely out-of-round. The wrap had bubbled and was separating from the shells. Still, it was my first kit so it still holds special sentimental value even though I got rid of it back in the early 70s.
 

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My first kit was the worst one by far. Not sure what the bass drum was. I think it was from a really really cheapo beginner's kit or even a toy. It didn't include a tom mount so my dad and I made one out of all thread and some other hardware from the orange big box store. The rack toms were Pearl Forums and missing the bottom hoops/heads and the floor tom and snare were no-name junk. I barely had the money for the drums and couldn't afford to replace the heads. The floor tom head needed replacing as I couldn't get it to tune lower than the rack toms. The floor and snare may or may not have been original to the bass drum, I can't remember, but at least all the drums matched in black, except for the wood snare that had a fake metal "wrap" on it that was more like shelf paper. The hi-hat cymbals had ridging on the edges, kind of like Sound Edge cymbals, but I think this was from someone putting a stick in between them and stomping down. Eventually they flattened out from me playing them. The other cymbals were even worse and the bass drum pedal broke when a buddy of mine stomped on it. I think it was made of pot metal. It was a big upgrade going to a Sunlite set after that.
 

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Yamaha Rydeen :pukeright:

Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute was very disappointing. The most amount of money I have ever paid for a kit, $3,400 at that time. I could not get the toms to sing at all. They had die cast rims and the god-awful YESS mounts!!! The kick was nothing to write home about either. I quickly sold it.
 

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It was a custom teak wood snare. Sounded like absolute booty,crappy hardware and it didn't fit the shell and couldn't be saved.
Traded it at Crap Center for a pair of in-ears.
 

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Premier "Resonator" shells with a inner thin ply liner - the least resonant drums I ever tried - one gig and they were gone
 

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Pearl export kit.

Number 2; Ludwig Classic Maple bass drum.
 

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90,s Ludwig bronze snare drum. I brought it to rehearsal and my band leader said "i hope you're not planning on using that"?...had to admit, it was horrible. Traded it the next day where i bought it
 

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My first MIJ kit when I was a kid with Camber cymbals. The worst sounding kit and cymbals ever but I'd buy it back in a heartbeat if I knew where it was. (Sentimental first kit) That's if it even exists anymore. It probably was put in the trash years ago. Thinking about it though, I'm sure I could have made it sound OK if I knew anything about drums back then. I remember it having the same factory heads forever.
 

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Sonor 8x14” 12 lug Ferro Manganese steel snare with parallel snare mechanism. I bought it new back in ‘82. Did one thing ok, cranked to oblivion. Cost a fortune, weighed a ton.

Close second was the 80’s Yamaha piccolo brass snare I owned for a month.
LOL! Really? The vaunted Sonor ferromanganese 12 lug snare, more expensive and heavier than most used cars, is the worst drum you ever owned? I imagine it’s the loudest drum ever made.

Which Yamaha brass piccolo?
 

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Mid 80's bronze Ludwig snare. Pain in the ass with T-Rods always falling out. Never sounded good.
 

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The worst drum kit I ever owned was my first kit — an E. W. Kent 12/20/5" snare that I bought from a friend. The 12" tom and 20" bass were salvageable and went on to become part of my original 7-piece road kit, but the snare was completely hopeless (replaced with a 5" Super-Sensitive).

The worst cymbal(s) I ever owned hands-down were the 14" Zyn hi-hats that came with the Kent kit. They produced clangiest, most unmusical sounds I ever heard from a cymbal. (On top of that, they had a dull gray patina that was just plain fugly!) I got rid of those even before I got rid of the Kent snare drum.
 

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Pearl Demon Drive pedal - too many inter- connected adjustments .

I don't remember owning a kit bad enough to ad to this list , but there have been lame bass drums along the way - 22" Pearl MLX and a couple Yamahas . I sold the kits complete .

Ludwig bronze and Yamaha 4" brass were very disappointing .
 
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Tempro kit. Junk, but all I could afford as a teen.
 


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