Re: pdp x7 maple a good buy?
I bought the X7 kit back in January, but not the maple one. It's the same hardware and everything, just different shells. I love my X7. And now that they come in maple, what's not to like? You will have a hard time finding another 7 piece set in the same price range and the hardware on the X7's is very nice as well.
I thought they even sounded good with the stock heads, but for the sake of a little bit of noise control, I have replaced them with Pinstripes. I actually ended up liking the control the pinstripes gave me, and with the A Custom cymbals, it works out very well.
Bang for the buck, this kit is high on the list, along with the Mapex Meridian and Gretsch Cat Maples, but I don't think you're going to get a 7 piece for the same money. Go play one and decide for yourself, but I think you'll be pleased.
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