When you play and listen to kits, pay attention to things like hoop and bearing cut. You will find that a 30-deg sounds different than a 45-deg, which will sound different from a round-over.Also played a Recording Custom kit and a Gretsch Renown kit, both w/ 24" kicks. Still cogitating; I felt that the recording custom was very focused, and the renown was more open? Maybe just my ears, but that's how they felt. Both super nice, both very responsive.
Ah, word. Appreciated. I've always paid attention to hoop design, but only enough to know which ones will chew up my sticks more, and I don't think I've ever paid attention to the bearing cut on the shells other than as another line in the marketing copy. This is good, I'm learning a bunch o' stuff.When you play and listen to kits, pay attention to things like hoop and bearing cut. You will find that a 30-deg sounds different than a 45-deg, which will sound different from a round-over.
After a while, you will find that kits with similar attributes bear a familial resemblance to each other, and begin to develop/understand what your preferences are.
The Signet was an attempt at an affordable low-mass drumset. I believe Josh at INDe contributed a lot to it. These kits sound phenomenal, and compete well with other low mass kits.
I'm a little disappointed in myself for forgetting to mention Inde right off the bat. I really love the wide-open tone those drums have, and I think the thin maple shells really sound fantastic. As far as the hardware goes I've added their tom mounts to my Ludwigs and they're really well built and extremely well engineered.Well, being a web developer and a former hardware guy, I'm not a huge fan of propietary or irreplaceable parts. But, they do sound good, even if I can't stand the Indian Teak finish. Just kinda seems odd to me, but I liked the other finished well enuf.
I haven't heard of INDe, but they have a great product photographer. Will check em out. I was reading someone on this board who was talking about a set of George Way drums. I'll add that to the list, too.
I wonder if that's why chad looks pissed in that pic?