I read these stories by some of you who bought kits from the big online dealers. Getting a used kit that was supposed to be new. Getting the wrong sizes. Quality control issues. If I ever buy another new kit--which probably wont happen--I'll order it from a local shop. That way, you can deal with problems before you pay; or let the dealer straighten it out with the manufacturer. My last set was sent directly to me from Canopus. And they were perfect. Their QC is off the hook, with each drum shell holding a sticker inside that was signed off by four of the builders.