Way too many long posts in this thread to read, so I'll get straight to my point. If you are gunning for a Birch Sonor kit you absolutely have to try the Birch infinites. Oh my... They are lovely sounding drums and 1/3rd the price of SQ2's. Still German made with Finnish Birch. Its like a "poor man's" birch SQ2. Actually, it's the "sensible man's" birch SQ2.