Of all the kits i have owned, My 1990's Premier APK sounds as good to my ears and many people who are drummers comment on the sound of my kit. I have owned Masters, Starclassics and Ludwigs. Maybe it's just a great one off kit i don't know.
What are your thoughts on them ?
They went thru a number shell wood combo's, during their production ...... best info I've found is ..........
"There generally is a lot of misinformation regarding The APK( and XPK) lines from Premier.
The APK line has been produced in a number of different varieties over the years, both in England, and in the later years made in Taiwan.
The misinformation being passed out orginates from people mixing up the different varieties, and also sometimes dragging the Cabria series into the whole mess.
There generally are 3 varieties of the APK line that show up often.
The MKI APK Royale from the early 80's. Speedboat lugs. These had nice shells with re-rings. Available in laquer(xpk wasn't around yet) and wrapped finish.
The MK II Apk from the late 80's. Long hi-tension lugs.These had ply shells (yamaha style) made out of meranti(also known as Luan or Philippine mahogany) black stained interior. Wrap finish only."
MK III APK from 94. Small low mass lug, later used on the Artist series. Wrap finish only. These had for a short time a shell made out of mdf (mostly found on kits with the crazy abalone or satin flame wraps). After a year or so the shell changed back to a ply lay up made out of meranti and eucalyptus with interior birch ply.
The easiest way to tell the difference between a kit with mdf shells and a ply shells is that the mdf shells were black inside, and the ply shells had natural interiors. This only applies on post 94 low mass lug APK
The made in England production of APK seized in 98/99.