So about how I was only going to open them at christmas... well, I had to open them to make sure they weren't damaged anyway so my parents decided to let me go ahead and set them up. Somehow I think they were a little excited to see them set up too.
Anyway here they are set up... just spent all morning getting everything just right and adjusted and doing some tuning. My first impression is WOW-- these drums are great. I can't complain about anything. The hardware that was shipped is all great, they look beautiful and they sound as good as they look. I have already discovered (almost by accident) that the toms have pretty wide tuning ranges, at least compared to my old set. The seller thankfully had already replaced the heads (according to the ebay page about 6 months ago) and they're in pretty good condition. The kick sounds sexy and the toms are big and warm especially for their sizes. I'm very satisfied with the kit. Without further ado...
Gretsch Renown Maple
22 x 18- Aquarian SKII clear w/ remo white falam slam/Black gretsch logo front head
8 x 10- Evans EC2 clear/Evans G1 clear
9 x 12- "
14 x 14- "
5 x 14 Ludwig Black Galaxy Acrolite snare- Remo coated amb/SS clear amb
Paiste Giant Beat 14" Hi hats
Paiste 5o5 20" Ride
Paiste Traditionals 20" Medium ride
Sabian Aaxplosion 20" crash
Flying dragon kick pedal, assorted hardware, vic firth sticks