Yes I am not set on the piece count. I really think I am going to go with the armory 6 piece in the black dawn finish or a Saturn for a good price. Doing that leaves me with a good amount on mics, recording gear, and maybe even a drum pad. We shall see I have until November to pull the trigger.I thought you wanted a 7-piece? If you back it down to a 6-piece in, there are many options.
I'd start with these:
(the price is $2k, but you could always make an offer)Ludwig USA Keystone Shampayne Champagne SPARKLE 6 piece drum set.Bought new about 3 years ago.22"x 16", 16"x 16", 13"x 9" , 12"x 8 , 10"x 7" - 5 ply Oak/Maple USA made Ludwig shells.Ludwig didn't make an 8"x7" tom in the Keystone line so I took an 8" Ludwig Element tom and recovered it in matchin...reverb.com
There are lots of pearl masters to be had for that price
Pearl 6PC Masters SST Drumset. The condition of this drumset is an 8.5/10. It's in very good condition, with only minor signs of wear. Kit comes with Pearl Superhoops. This is a gloss lacquer finish. This kit's sizes are 8", 10", 12", 14", 22", 14". These are maple shells.reverb.com
Slightly used Pearl premium maple Masters Series 6-piece drum set. This drum set was custom made in 2009. This set comes with gold hardware and comes in a Walnut Lacquer finish.Drum sizes:- 10" x 8" mounted tom- 12" x 9" mounted tom- 14" x 14" floor tom- 16" x 16" floor tom- 20" x 18" bass drum- ...reverb.com
Heck, here's a set of Saturns for $1200. You would have enough $$ to get a very decent snare.
If it were me, I'd go with these: