Nailed it. The plumbing mount, the round lugs, the old man wraps - I could never own a "vintage" kit as I cannot stand wraps.Pearl drums as long as they have that bathroom plumbing tom mount, DW kits as I think they're WAY overpriced ( don't like the lugs either ), I don't care for wraps, and lastly, anything smaller than a 22" bass drum.
Things that don't affect me are badges and company names.
Some of the best looking kits I've seen have been RED !!
I know YOU'RE joking but I mean how shallow is somebody who won't buy something because of name only? That's like saying you won't date somebody named Sue. WTF? I laugh when I read bold pronouncements like that.That's because you're a Mapex guy - LOL
I kid, I kid.
I loved my Mapex kit when I had it. Still regret selling it. It wasn't even a high end kit. Just a horizon birch 6 piece.That's because you're a Mapex guy - LOL
I kid, I kid.
I almost got the mars series with the 24. But a Ludwig element birch won for the price. The only negative about the mars was the 12 inch tom. I think a 13 would suit a 24 better. I have no regrets, just thoughts about what could have been. Both are amazing bang for the buck kits.I was looking for the best sounding used kits for the money I had. I tried Tama, Ludwig, Pearl, Gretsch, and DW. I preferred the sound of my maple M series Mapex drums to any of the others. If my budget was not an issue it may be different but even then, the sound of the Mapex I have played have been quite good.
This has nothing to do with the thread, but if you want to get your DW's sounding even better than they already do, take off those horrid rubber gaskets under the lugs. Especially on the smaller drums. It really makes an audible difference. I've been meaning to ask you if you've ever tried that.A Guru. Just could not justify the price. Even if I won the lottery! I would buy a Ferrari, a Leer Jet, a Manhattan apartment etc,.... and a couple more DW Collectors for sure. I would not buy any kit made in China or Japan and especially not a RED kit. Most of you know I'm joking, for those that don't, I'm joking. Except for the "couple more DW's" part.
My one rack tom has a rim mount. I like my kick mount, but the rim is just bulky and wobbly. So I took it off and bought a pearl snare stand with the floating tips and am much happier. Considering getting an atlas mount and painting it black to match my hardware.Rims mounts are right up there with legless "floor" toms---and Mapex mounts are so simple it makes me wonder why anyone would want to add 5 pounds of hardware for little or no gain in resonance!
Nice observation. Sometimes I forget that you're not the average low-browed brute, but somewhat above average . My kit is a '97 and came without rubber gaskets. Let 'em sing baby!This has nothing to do with the thread, but if you want to get your DW's sounding even better than they already do, take off those horrid rubber gaskets under the lugs. Especially on the smaller drums. It really makes an audible difference. I've been meaning to ask you if you've ever tried that.