When I bought a basic 4-piece Collectors (just plain ol maple with rings and a wrap) the cost wasn’t much more than what you’d pay for a stock Pearl Reference kit. A lot of the available Collector kits I see on the market have something “special” done to them, hence the cost that makes everyone believe that all Collectors kits are stupid expensive. But I think bread n butter Collectors aren’t that out of reach. They’re like tickets to Disneyland - everyone complains about the price until they see that ALL of the theme parks charge about the same.It's a little frustrating to me about the Collector's endless options that in a way you're paying for what you could buy, rather than what you did buy. I'm not saying that's bad, just frustrating. On the other hand that's the beauty of the Performance I suppose.