So I currently own a PDP X7 kit and I'm looking to buy a new kit. I am stuck whether to buy a Dw Performance kit or a Pearl Masters MCX kit. Any feedback would be appreciated.
I agree with him, they are in my opinion professional too, the only thing I could think of is a thinner 4 ply shell with a Pearl Master kit but that's about it. You could always add die cast hoops, it adds more weight creating a lower tone.My feed back is that for all the money you spend, the improvement in tone will be negligible. PDP's have nice maple shells, 32 TPI tuning rods, and the build quality on my CX kit is flawless. Flawless. Perfect edges. The only slightly negative thing I can say about them is that they didn't use the clearest maple for the shells. So what? Maple sounds like maple no matter the coloring. For the life of me I don't know why they are considered second class. The hardware is not cheap, I took a single lug off and it has some heft to it. So great shells, flawless edges, hefty hardware, Nice chrome, 32 TPI tuning rods, what's not pro about them? Nothing that's what. My PDP's are pro drums all the way. I wouldn't hesitate to use them anywhere. (And I got them for $125.00)
I'd buy a great set of cymbals instead. I know you probably don't want to hear this but to me getting the DW's or the Pearls.....it's like moving from a BMW to an Audi. Lateral move.
That said, if you must shed the PDP's.... I'd go with DW just for the 32 TPI rods.
He does raise good points. All Saturn's I've heard/played always had a deep dark powerful sound.As has already been said both kits are nice, well built drums. Of course, I think you'd be hard pressed to find ANY drums in the $1500-2000 range that weren't.
If you're looking for a different tone from the maple drums you already own I don't know if looking at two other maple kits is the way to go.
I'd throw Mapex Saturn or Tama Starclassic B/B into the mix. They're well made, similar in price, and I think the interior plies of walnut (Saturn) or bubinga (Starclassic) might help get that lower tone you're after.
Sounds like what you need is a good console and microphones for your existing kit. You do know the sound you hear on CDs is processed, right? I've mic'd kits and with creative tuning and EQ, can make any kit sound like anything. I'm sure it's sacrilege to say so, but it's true.I want the one that will give me the lower fundamental tone.
Ha ha - score! That's my kind of deal....My PDP's are pro drums all the way. I wouldn't hesitate to use them anywhere. (And I got them for $125.00)....
I don't think I'd want non-standard tensions rods. But that's probably because I've got so many spares laying around. Not a major consideration when you're talking about a higher end kit..... I'd go with DW just for the 32 TPI rods.
Maybe different heads and tuning on your current set would get you there.I want the one that will give me the lower fundamental tone.
I've played on (and tuned) two. It's a punchy sound not so much bright or dark. But to get more of a lower pitch just use different heads. They are very versatile in my own opinion.I have started to consider Tama Starclassic Bubinga Birch. The only concern for me is I used to have a pure birch kit and I find they are of higher pitch than maple in my opinion. Please if anyone has one or has heard one of these sets, let me know how they sound.