I'm amazed you've only had 2 x kits after all this time!god I love threads like this!!!
and LOVE all of the huge kit love!!! You can tell the avg age of the people here
my first set; used from 1974 till now: dads 1955 Ludwig. I still use it today in my jazz and rockabilly band.
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and my 2nd set ever. Bought new. 1994 Pearl Master Custom Maple. Also still in use in my rock and metal bands
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I have only owned 2 lits, but I also have my own marimba, marching snare and quads, and a bunch of aux percussion stuff.
I "collect" cymbals though
Also, have you ever considered one of those offset double bass pedals to put the bass drum in the centre?