well, after much soul searching and well, lusting, i finally purchased a Joyful Noise beacon bronze 6 1/2 X 14. it showed up at my office yesterday, and i really haven't had much time with it yet, that includes serious playing time and pictures. amazingly heavy, this series is thinner shelled than the "studio" line, and this weighs 10lbs.!! i can only imagine how much one of those babies weigh, beautiful drum, i really like the simplicity and function of the strainer. i DID buy new Remo ambassadors to replace the "stock" JNDC logo heads, i will tuck those away, hey, original anything adds to value down the road. i am also contemplating a new stand, i currently use a Gibraltar JZ snare stand, and i LOVE Gibraltar stuff, but i'm thinking it may be a bit "shakey" for this beast. especially for such a $$ pricey investment.