When I saw Dennis Chambers put them through the paces, I felt Pearl was on to something. A lot of pros are using them as gigging kits. I have a Reference Pure kit and I'm fighting the urge to get one (I don't think I work enough to have a "gigging" kit these days - but that Tony Williams yellow would be cool). Because these are maple, they're a much better choice than an Export, I think. I think the price between shell pack (DM), and complete with hardware (Export) would make one pause and consider a full maple kit.Fair enough! Like I said, I haven't even seen one, much less fiddled about with it. If you think it works, it works.