Re: I built my own drumset
Mista - I got the shells and hardware from Drum Foundry. They have good service and prices and make some really good bearing edges. I never could get the lugs to photograph well. I have a pretty crappy camera. Up close, the lugs don't quite looks as good as real brushed steel, but it'll do. Like Drozzy points out, taking a 3M pad to the hardware is not the best manner to go about getting a brushed or satin finish on the hardware. There are some pros out there who can bead-blast hardware for you. If I ever go this route again, I'll get the bead-blasting done.
I just started on my next project. A stave kit. It'll take me a few months to get this done.