Do you have a set now? If not, would you buy that set just by itself if it wasn't part of a package deal, or would you rather look for a different set?
Do you think you would use those cymbals - 3 A crashes and one zbt? crash and one A ride. Or would you rather look for individual used cymbals that you'd be certain to use.
I don't think there's enough info about what you already have, and what else you'd be looking at other than this package deal to be able to be much help.
I was trying to keep it about the gear but reading you comments I get the point . And it has made me think more about my needs vs. my wants . I didn’t want to be so long winded about myself, but I see how a whole backstory might help . So here goes , ..... don’t fall asleep now.
Currently playing the same Franken-kit from my early teens . Drums....10,12, 70’s Ludwig chrome o wood concert toms paired with a 12,16,22 70’s pearl , wood-fiberglass 3 piece , 8,10,12 Roto toms ( not in use now , and yes ,
I was an 80’s mostly rock drummer lol !) and a1968 Ludwig supra. So basically yes , in need of a kit .
Cymbals are 1960’s 14” zildjian hats , 80’s zildjian 18” high China , Paiste 2000 sound reflections 16” thin crash ( they’re all in great shape), one Paiste before they were Paiste 20”ride ( not great but does the job ) and two unknown 16 and 18 crashes ( they just down right blow ),
Hardware ( mostly in great shape ) is ..... Ludwig snare stand , 3 pearl various boom stands ( like new and serve their purpose) a falling apart vintage Gretsch hh stand , various 80’s single kick pedals all of which work and are in great shape .
Believe it or not , with tuning and other tricks , I could ( back then , 78-98 ) get this kit and other gear I had back then to sound pretty damn good for rock, blues and various other stuff . I say above , 78-98 because that’s when I packed it up and put it away at age 32 . One child age2, wife pregnant with second , bought house, work work and more work ....on midnight to 8 shift , coming home and taking the kid handoff from the wife while she went to work her full time job ,.... many here know how it goes . I slept 4 to maybe 5 hours a day for 14 years doing this til they were all in school .The only drumming I did other than a jam here or there on friends kits was in the F.O.P ( fraternal order of police) bagpipe band since the early 90’s til present .
Kids are older ( youngest is 15 of 3 girls ) so I have some time to devote to what i have always loved . I’ve been shaking off the rust on this franken-kit for a little over a year now and it’s definitely helped and gotten me back to some semblance of my old self , but at this point it’s condition and sound is holding me back and makes it unenjoyable and not want to play ( I do it anyway to get the time and work in ) .
I play mostly rock, blues, and am enjoying some heavier ( various forms of metal ). But I enjoy and like playing most genres. I’d eventually like to play out and gig again as I’m now mostly retired . I’d like a decent intermediate kit . Used , as others on the forum have said its is the way to go . For me anyway.
Like some others here I enjoy a larger kit ( fun for me ). Ideally I’d like a 3 up 2 down , but not stuck on it depending what I find used .3 up, one down would work also . I like 3 racks I always have , I’d even do 4 but don’t need to. All depends on what I find out there . 8,10,12,14,16 ,14,22 works , but 10,12,13,14,16 or 16 18 Might be better . I’d like the ability to go big or small , depending on what or where I’m playing . But I wouldn’t pass up a great 5 piece ( 2 or 3 up and 1 or two down ) , but it’d have to be a steal of deal .snare not needed at this point as I can get by with my Supra for most everything , but no aversion to a kit that comes with one . I’m not stuck on any brands ... drums or cymbals , but am partial to and like sonor, Tama and pearl , zildjian or Sabian . I like a deeper fatter sound in the lower to mid tuning range . I looked at and liked and passed up on an 8 piece sonor ascent in 8, 10,12,14,16, 14 and 2x22. In hind sight I should have bought them , but it was the first set I had looked at since playing again , and first time dealing with the Craigslist crazies , and that deal fell through . There were a dozen or so since and for numerous reasons beyond my control
( Craigslist ?) they never worked out .
Budget wise I’d say around 1500 to 2k all in is where I’d like to be . But that’s not to say if I found a kit for 1500 to 1800 with some hardware and picked up cymbals I like going forward that I could t do that as the funds became available .
I think I’d be happy ( for a while ) with this pdp kit , and I know it doesn’t have to be the last kit I buy , but after dealing with this guy ( ?) and after some of the questions posed to me in this and writing this and thinking some more , I don’t think it’s for me in the long run . It wouldn’t be a bad purchase , but my desire to get into something better may have been driving this . I’m gonna keep looking and thinking, and researching . I’m a , ..... I’ll know it when I see it / hear it / play it kind of guy I guess . I COULD go on about more about myself but I’ll spare you the boredom .
Thanks to all the responses and thought provoking feed back . It’s helped tremendously ??
Bare with me guys . With your and the forums help . I’m sure I’ll be into something I like and fits my needs soon enough . Gonna go beat on the Franken-kit now for an hour or two ???.......?