Interesting - I was having the same thoughts- white sparkle gets you noticed on stage for sure . A friend of mine recently picked up an SQ2 kit in white sparkle lacquer and it is gorgeous .I like black kits too. My Sonor SQ1 is matte black and my Sonor Vintage Series are satin black stain. They look very classy, in my opinion. And most of my snares are black. But I think my next kit will be white sparkle.
I’ve not seen transparent black before, but I definitely like it. Very understated, very classy, very timeless. It’s the “little black dress” of drum finishes. LOLVery nice Tama Star finish indeed. Is it new ? Transparent black was fashionable during the late 90's, early 2000's. IMO this is timeless.
Oh and no - I don't think black recording customs are particularly pretty drums despite Steve Gadd playing them.So even gloss black on Gadds Recording Customs look Exportish? I think the blacks are different. If I see wine red I think “Exports”.
I had just dropped a good chunk of money on my Prolites and the two kits were kind of redundant construction wise what with both being thin shell Maple. At the time it made sense to get back some of the dough I had put out for the Prolites. I don't regret it as I love my Prolites but I'm here to tell you that Black Widow kit was a REALLY NICE KIT! It's a shame they didn't expand that model with maybe some other finishes and/or sizes.Just curious, why did you sell it?