Been a lurking member for a couple of years, while I've been taking lessons and trying to convince my wife I needed "real drums." I've been practicing on a Yamaha DTXplorer we bought for my son years ago. I'm about to turn 48 yrs old and have been flirting with drums for 25 yrs. Life has always just seemed to get in the way. About 2 years ago I decided I was going to dedicate what little free time I had to really learning to play. So I started taking some lessons and started looking at gear. Let's just say my wife is very....frugal. So I scanned and scoured the internet looking for the least expensive, decent used kit I could put together. After long last...I have on the way a 5- piece Tama Silverstar some Sabian AA hats and crash and a Zildjian A Ride. I grabbed some new stands namely a Gibralter 5707 HH stand and a PDP 800 Series Boom/Straight Cymbal Stand Pair. So a grand total OTD of $910. Hopefully it will all be in ok condition. Any way sorry to be long winded, I just wanted to introduce myself and say I'll try to be more than just a lurker (although that is my nature) in the future.