Thanks for the kit-love. I'll definitely get more pics up asap.
I did indeed forget to list the 18" floor tom.
I had DW put leg mounts on the 14" so I can choose to rack it or put it on the floor to the left of my hi-hat. Just liked the idea of the flexibility!
It would be nice to finish off the kit with a 6", but DW doesn't make 6" shells, and I would have to go with a Keller shell. That would probably be fine, and I may still do it, just to get that extra tonal variety. The 8" sounds killer.
The 23" kick is finally starting to feel right to me. It felt a bit flat at first, and I think it needs to be tuned up a bit to bring out the tone. When in front of it, the deep thud in your chest is breathtaking. I had another DW kit for 15 years prior to this one, and it was really weird playing the new shells at first. After a few months, I can truly say these crush the old ones in depth, tone, and warmth.
The snare is powerful, rich in tone and very sensitive. No need for me to add another snare for some time!
I went with the satin hardware which I was a little concerned about, but am utterly satisfied with now having lived with it for a bit. It just gives the whole kit a much more modern, sexy feel, in my opinion.
A few more pics. Don't have the right space to step back and take a real "driver's seat" shot, but hopefully these will add something. I went for a pearlized finish on top of the lacquer fade...came out just right!