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Old 05-31-2010, 04:50 AM
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Default OCDP Newport 5pc

So I was in the market for a new kit in the $1000 range. I wasn't to familiar with OCDPs mass produced kits so I did some research and found a even mix of positive and negative reviews (on a side note I didn't realize there are so many TB haters lol). This left me bewildered so I went to my local store and took it for a test drive. I played a Newport kit that was setup for their drumming competition. I was pleased with what I saw and heard. NA rock maple shells sound warm and open. The lacquer glass glitter finish is flawless and deep looking including bass drum hoops.The hardware is big and burly and has nice quality "feel". l enjoy some of the details like memory locks for floor tom legs and the offset lugs. The only thing I'm on the fence about is the satin finish. I agree It's a nice contrast to the shiny glitter finish. I'm just not sure how it will hold up over time.

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12x19 TT
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Remo Ebony Ambassador Resonant

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15 SE HiHats
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Old 05-31-2010, 11:15 AM
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Nice kit! I've gotta say that i've completely fallen in love with the matte hardware i've seen on alot of kits lately!
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Old 05-31-2010, 04:54 PM
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Looks really nice! China and Taiwan are really stepping up their games these days!
Alot of really great instruments coming from over there for sure and the OCDP looks like no exception!

side note: If you haven't already, bag those tacky little gold stickers on the suspension mounts and kick spurs. ; )
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Old 05-31-2010, 06:32 PM
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It looks like to me that the Newport series is as nice as all the others in the $1,000 mid price range.

I would love to hear from any owners of a kit in this series.

When it comes to all the features you can get now for $600 to $1,000. Drummers have it so much better than they did just 20 years ago.
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Old 05-31-2010, 06:42 PM
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When it comes to all the features you can get now for $600 to $1,000. Drummers have it so much better than they did just 20 years ago
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Ain't that the truth!

It's making my decision making really tough!
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Old 05-31-2010, 07:27 PM
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hmm think i prefere your ddrums wih all giant beats :P lovely kit though hope you like them
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:30 PM
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If the sound is as sexy as the look, then you're a really lucky one !
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Old 05-31-2010, 09:27 PM
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I think I played a Newport kit at a Guitar Center once... I really liked the bass drum, but I think it was the heads and poor tuning that made me absolutely hate the snare drum and kinda meh off the toms.

I'd imagine with proper tuning and everything those sound awesome, and they look pretty snazzy too.
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Old 06-01-2010, 03:33 AM
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Your kit looks sexy with that DW hardware and those Paiste cymbals. Just take those "Made in Taiwan" stickers off and you're ready to go. Congrats on the great looking kit and I hope it sounds as good as it looks.
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Old 06-01-2010, 04:09 AM
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Man, that is one stunning kit you've got there. Simply flawless!

I feel like a kit should be something YOU enjoy, in all aspects. Playing it, owning it, and just looking at it.


I'll say it sounds like you're darn proud of it!
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Old 06-01-2010, 05:25 AM
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why does the snare have chrome hardware and the rest of the kit has matte? I like the chrome hardware better by the way, at least with the silver sparkle finish.

The kit looks really sharp though. I think some of the ocdp hate is direct towards the avalon and venice lines. I have seen a few of those kits in the store and the wrapped finishes look really crappy. A few of the drums had uneven seams. I also saw dark colored spots inside some of the shells and even on some of the bearing edges. These newport kits seem to be a higher quality.
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Old 06-01-2010, 04:56 PM
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That looks very nice!!
Is the ebony pinstripe on the snare only for the looks, or does it sound good too?

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Old 06-01-2010, 06:28 PM
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Thanks everyone for your nice comments.


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Nice kit! I've gotta say that i've completely fallen in love with the matte hardware i've seen on alot of kits lately!
I like it too. Hopefully it holds up. Only time will tell.

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side note: If you haven't already, bag those tacky little gold stickers on the suspension mounts and kick spurs. ; )
They're gone for sure. I just wanted people to see the kit as it comes.

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It looks like to me that the Newport series is as nice as all the others in the $1,000 mid price range. When it comes to all the features you can get now for $600 to $1,000. Drummers have it so much better than they did just 20 years ago.
You are right. This segment has grown quite a bit over the years. Thanks to overseas manufacturing being so inexpensive.
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:49 PM
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hmm think i prefere your ddrums wih all giant beats :P lovely kit though hope you like them

You mean this one... I still have it and still love it :)

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Old 06-01-2010, 08:14 PM
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why does the snare have chrome hardware and the rest of the kit has matte? I like the chrome hardware better by the way, at least with the silver sparkle finish.
The Newport kit doesn't come with a snare. The snare you see was a separate purchase. That's why it has chrome hardware and different badge.
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Old 06-01-2010, 08:41 PM
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That looks very nice!!
Is the ebony pinstripe on the snare only for the looks, or does it sound good too?

Bram

I had done this years ago when I was broke and couldn't afford a new snare head. I put on an old pinstripe head I had laying around. To my surprise it didn't sound half bad. So after some experimenting I was able to getting sounding really good. The secret was putting a flam slam on the underside. Now the snare has the tone I want which tends to be a little more "ring" than most drummers want but is well suited for the reggae-punk style of music I play. The fact that it matches and looks good is just a bonus. :)
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