Re: Vintage Vs. Modern
I know for the most part hardware has improved, although, I've never had a problem with Rogers hardware, in fact they started the whole ball and socket concept years ago.
Yes, I will agree that modern drums are more consistant in shell construction, but that's part of the problem. Back in the day, each company had their own way of making drum shells and a lot of those older kits were all hand made. These days it's all done by machines, except for the painted finishes and that's why they all sound alike. I like the inconsistency of some of the vintage drum shells, it gives them their own distinct sound.
Rounder bearing edges, different plys of wood and thinner shells with rings also contribute to this..