Not sure if this is sad or not but I volunteered at a local drum shop to help unbox and set up new drum kits. The shop is moving to a new much bigger location so I rode down there on my motorcycle on a rare 70 degree day here in NH, and spent 3 hrs unboxing and assembling a bunch of new kits. My Favorite (and this is just the unboxing and assembling process not sound or anything else) was the Tama Starclassic B/B, burgundy with a racing stripe, and an absolutely stunning Yamaha RC in Piano black. I also unboxed and open a SC maple in the Emerald Pacific Walnut Burst and that was gorgeous as well but that racing stripe looks so much better in person.
I also unboxed a few gretsch birch renowns and marquees which were very nice, The least impressive was the Ludwig Keystone X, right out of the box all the tension screws had to be run down and back out a few times before you could insert and turn them by hand, I hate that and the hoops had a little slop in them.
Ya gotta be a special kind of drum nerd to waste 3 hrs of a perfectly good day to unbox and assemble drum kits but I loved it...LOL