I really don't have anything against Pearl other than those dopey looking tom mounts of theirs. They look like shower heads! Aren't they the leading seller of drum kits? You better steer clear of those Saturns! Peeps will make fun of their funny name and goofy badges. I guess every drum company has their peccadilloes. It's all subjective in the pro segment. For high end I'd go Sonor and Tama Star over DW and DW is not even close. For the $2500-3500 segement I'd go Ludwig CM and Gretsch USA. $1500-2500 would be Mapex Saturn, Tama Starclassic, and Gretsch Brooklyn. Below that would Gretsch Renown and that is probably where I'd stop. I don't like buying kits where you immediately need to swap out all the heads. A pro kit should come with some good heads. That's just me. YMMVTo be honest, Darth, though I'm a devout Pearl disciple, I do find those Satanic Mapex shells of yours quite tempting. They're infused with beguiling evil. Even a pure-minded fellow like myself can't ignore them. I'm off to Confession now.