Wow thanks for being so helpful guys! I now know this kit definetly isn't a fake, it's a mid 90's starclassic performer series in amber gold.
What I'd do being you is I would get back there and tell them they were wrong, so wrong...
You believe them and in their professionalism but in the end you dont end with maple shell so asked them if you can pickup a snare, or a cymbal stand or at least some sticks ! Ah Ah Ah !!!
haha yeah well i don't think i need to really, i didn't buy them 'cos they were maple and it's still really good value, but i will enquire as to why they said this when i go to pay my £2.50 which i owe them. I do need some sticks actually...