To bad you would have got a nice piece of drum history for free and as for the looks, its just the initial shock of not seeing lugs, once you get used to it, it actually looks natural to have a bridge and no lugs and kinda makes sense considering that drums are about the only percussion and or stringed instrument without a bridge. People still argue that Alex VH didnt play radials and that the big fat snare sound in "dont tell me what love can do" isnt an 1 3/4" thick maple rp1000 14x6 snare....lol, there is only one snare that sounds like that.You get me wrong dude....absolutly learn and work with the technology !
I do actually use a couple of pads in my set up depending on the gig, but I can always find a way to work them in..heheh
Funny you should mention the Radial Pros....I was approached to endorse them many moons ago....at the Palace in Hally one night by the Peavy Rep. He kept telling me they sound great, and I kept saying they look like ass.....but , they did sound great.
P.S ... we both were on our way by then and I didn't get the endorsement