Re: The name of the kit is influencing me!
After owning a Safari I have concluded that 16" is the smallest that I want to go as far as a bass drum is concerned. I really like my Safari and I find that the 16" BD is at the limit for me as far as depth of sound. Also, I would never be happy with a single 8" ride tom. 10" is the smallest that I want to play.
I also agree with Bo that the metal BD hoops are better replaced with wood. I never replaced mine because I only gig with my Safari on rare occasion. Most of the time is is left at a bands practice space where I play it once a week.
I kind of like old drums:)