This is commerce 101; we look at the price and ask 1) Does is meet quality expectations? 2) Is priced accordingly? In this case, yes to some but this is completely subjective, we are entitled our own opinion here otherwise we'd all be playing Pearl drums.I'm not certain that statement is true. The snare obviously meets C.M.'s expectations. It's his money. What gives anyone else the right to be critical? I don't understand that thinking, I guess.
As already stated, I think it seems like a very fine instrument but the price point seems off comparatively. Anyone here can say this because they buy drums too. There are now alot of solid shells on the market as well, so unless you have absolute brand loyalty as exhibited here, many of use will compare as such.