Sadly the nearest drum store I know of is a 4 hour drive away, in a city that I hate trying to get through. Last time I went there for a concert, and I was nearly hit 4 times by people running red lights in the half hour before the doors to the venue opened.I used to work at GC and man it sucked! ...And from what I hear now, Sam Ash is going full on corporate too.
Giant corporation BS from my experience. The mark up on drums was so low that it was impossible to get a decent check. Customers always haggling you for the better deal but you get bent over in the end.
I was making basically $125 week working full-time. Not sure if things changed, but it was always getting customers who came in and said...
"What can you do for me???" hahaha, the start of an impossible business relationship between customer and sales person. As much as I love musicians, about 80% of them are super cheap and won't budge on a deal.
The turnaround of employees in the drum room seemed super fast. Kinda sucks to see a new employee there behind the counter every couple of months...
Gearwise, some of the kits are good, but the cymbal selection always is about the same every time. Usual Zlidjian A's, K customs, Zs, etc. Won't find boutique gear like Maxwell's in NYC, but you'll get by.
Great place for getting sticks/heads and small things, but when I make a serious deal on a kit or cymbals, I try to find a drum specialty store.
Are there any around you? Sorry about the mounts...the kit looks damn cool. I would definitely go back and complain until you get the right stuff that belongs to your kit.