That's a huuuuge step up from the Exports for sure!
I think the PDP is still your best option if you can afford it. My second choice would still be the new-ish Exports.I asked the same question on another forum about that white pearl export vs that new pdp custom maple and everyone was saying that it's overpriced and i could find much better drums and cymbals for a budget of $1100. All the kits they suggested aren't available to me but i found some new ones on gumtree this morning.
How do these Tama kits compare with the pdp custom maple or the export?
1. Tama Stagestar ($950): https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/loganholme/percussion-drums/tama-5-piece-drum-kit/1208813607
2. Tama Stagestar ($1080): https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1026003684397901/
3. Tama Imperialstar ($850 plus $250 for cymbals): https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/537234947059335/
Thanks for the help guys