Been buying shell packs and cymbals from a mom and pops music store in my town since 1981 . Nothing short of being a loyal customer. New 5pc. Gretsch USA Custom kit in 2013, New Gretsch Renown 5pc. '57 MotorcCity Onyx in 2011, New Pearl '07 7pc. ECX double bass kit in 2008 and a used 5pc Pearl '06 Session Studio in 2010, plus scores of top line cymbals and many months of drum lessons throughout my 20's. The Pearl kits are gone now but I still have the Gretsch kits I bought from this store.
Took my 12 year old son to his guitar lesson at this store last week and found a "'new" 2007 5pc. DW Collectors shell pack in Twisted Exotic lacquer finish I've been eye balling since '08 discounted to $3300 USD. It's obviously been played out as a floor demo for nearly 9 years on their showroom floor. The heads are shot but the finish is in mint condition. Don't know why a store would think they could sell a kit at that price when 75% of the folks are blue collar workers who live near the store (like me).
The store told me they would sell it at a "VIP" price for $2500 + (8%) sales tax. I'm thinking of trading in my Gretech '57 Renowns to knock off some of the balance for this kit. Had the Renowns on my local CL for 2 weeks but not one hit and the wife is furious over the thought of me buying another kit. But it's one of my dream kits and here's my dilemma.
My health is weaning and I see the writing on the wall. If I don't "go for it" now, I'll never have a chance to own the two kits I cherish the most. The USA Custom was the first on my bucket list. The 2nd is a DW Collectors kit which is within arms reach but the wife is not happy about my need for another kit due to my health. I own 7.
I finally came to a conclusion. I'm going to go for it. Regardless on how much I lose on the trade in for the Renowns, I need to conquer this challenge in my life before it's too late and I'm going "all out". I'm crazy but it's the only thing that's keeping me going, owning a DW Collectors kit. I'm up for the challenge and it maybe my last. Drums have been in my life since I was 19. I'm pushing 60. I got my 1st job at 14 and have been working hard every day since. I think I'm due...
Rack toms: 8" 10" 12" and 14" hanging tom. No snare.