Still a big shame. Compared to even the Starclassic W/B this is a step down. This really shouldn't be called the Starclassic feature wise. I believe good hardware really makes a kit worth it, but seeing these featues (or lack of) at 1400 dollars really makes me think this is an overpriced kit. The hardware and features are incomparable to other kits of this price range.I fear that Tama will be cheapening the “Starclassic” branding to some degree by skimping on the hardware. Pearl did something similar with the venerable “Master’s” line. I do understand the need to compete with the others in the industry though at this price point. They’ll sell a lot more of these kits than Stars.