I played on a Catalina maple, very nice sound. the others i cant vouch for. i will say, when you buy a kit, as soon as you bring it home its "used" so don't overlook the used market. Its not all abused and the price is usually top level gear for mid level price. when someone pays a lot of money for a new higher end kit, they usually take care.I have bought both new and used and honestly, no one knows what it was when you acquired it so it shouldn't matter. Just my opinion though, if you are set on new, that's your choice ( someone has to buy them new at some point.).