I hear ya pal! I've got the Mapex Pro-M but once I chuck all my cymbals, black panther snares and hardware into the equation it totals about £4000! Its depressing when you spent more on your drums than you did on your car hahahah. I suppose I built the kit up over a period of a couple of years though so the actual impact was a lot less! Enjoy the black panther! Those thick maples are gorgeous!!!!!I find it surprsing how quickly gear mounts up. I mean my kit is fairly modest at mapex M-Birch, but by the time i add in my extra hardware, cymbals, and the new snare i fancy. We're looking at an insurance replacement value of over £2000. It really doesnt take long to sneak up on you.
Whats funniest is... i intended to get a cheap kit and some basic cymbals to get back into drumming. It kinda spiraled when i found a kit about 4x better than i could afford on the used market for a bargain price. Couldnt justify a good kit with crappy accessories.
Cant wait to get my black panther snare in 2 weeks