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    Quote Originally Posted by shoedaddy View Post
    Anybody know where you can purchase Premier in the U.S. right now? They seem to be impossible to find. I briefly owned a Premier Artist rock kit that I got from one of the online megastores for a closeout price of $499! Unbelievable price. It was a great kit in the Rosewood finish and a giant brass snare (7x14, I think).

    BUT--the box it arrived in was shredded. Surprisingly, it was okay except the hoops were warped slightly, and I couldn't get them replaced. I should have kept the kit or at least the snare, but I foolishly sent it all back. I wouldn't mind having that back!

    I'd love some help in getting another set of Premiers...
    I wish I knew...Its been told to me that they have not shipped new stuff to the US for a couple years now and what ever is left over is what you get..Mostly Cabria kits which they do not make anymore...The nes catalog is out and no one in the US is selling anything..Its a shame really, I guess they did have lodgistic problems shipping drums fast enough and people did not want to wait...I know one thing I will never sell mine no matter what and I make sure to take damn good care of it ! Parts are a nightmare to try and get...I was able to get a double tom holder of ebay I wanted...I guess ebay is the best option now for a Premier Kit..

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    I have a Premier Olympic Rock (red) set that i picked up from my cousin for $150... i had no idea they were this hard to get i guess it was a steal for me. :D

    Especially since it came with 14" hi hats, 16" crash, and 20" ride all by Zildjian...

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    I picked up some Premier hardware last year from a shop down South, and they told me that Premier had pulled their US distributors....for what reason I don't know. They were clearing out their remaining inventory at that time.

    You can still find some Premier kits advertised, mostly on eBay, and leftover stock, but unless they establish a new distributor in the US, you won't see them around much here anymore I'm afraid.
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    They got a new distributor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quikstang2 View Post
    They got a new distributor.
    Is this verifiable? Source please?
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    i just saw the joe franco dvd, his solos are wild on his premiers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quikstang2 View Post
    They got a new distributor.
    AHA! I believe you're right! They now list a company in MA as their US Distributor.

    If you haven't checked out their website recently (I hadn't) you should do so. It's been completely redesigned and updated. It actually looks like they are focused on taking their marketing to a new level. Looks like they plan to stick around for awhile!
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    I heard from our friend Dean, from you-know-where, who is constantly at drum shops buying new stuff and talking to the drum guys about what's going on.
    I was just on their site when I was checking out NAMM pics that were being posted. I'll look again to see if they've changed anything. I'm glad we got them back. They could be my next new purchase... whenever that is...
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    Drool... My XPK Snare close up! enjoy

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    That MA distributer is no more...while they will be around for awhile, they are concentrating there efforts in the europeon markets...its going to be very difficult to get a kit here in the US anymore.So again, they have had that massachusetts distributer listed for a long time but they are no longer a distib. I acually called a while back , a few months ago I think looking for parts...memory locks to be exact and they told me they do not deal with premier anymore

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    Quote Originally Posted by billnolan View Post
    That MA distributer is no more...while they will be around for awhile, they are concentrating there efforts in the europeon markets...its going to be very difficult to get a kit here in the US anymore.So again, they have had that massachusetts distributer listed for a long time but they are no longer a distib. I acually called a while back , a few months ago I think looking for parts...memory locks to be exact and they told me they do not deal with premier anymore
    Thanks for that info. It's too bad, because they make nice stuff. But if you can't get parts...I might have kept the kit I had if I could have ordered a replacement hoop, but nobody that I could find could do it.
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    Hey guys, I am looking into Premier kits. Which is better, an APK kit or a Genista? I am a craigslist junky and found both for great prices, more like unheard of prices! $225 for the Genista and $400 for the APK!
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    At those prices... get both!!!
    Sorry, I haven't kept up to date on the newer stuff. I've got all vintage drums from them.
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    Here's my Cabria Fusion kit. The cymbals are all still current with the exception of the XS20 Medium Ride which has been upgraded to a HHX Stage Ride.





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    Love that combo, Chris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    Here's my Cabria Fusion kit. The cymbals are all still current with the exception of the XS20 Medium Ride which has been upgraded to a HHX Stage Ride.


    Nice kit man! Loving the white shell/black HW combo! Great choice in cymbals as well! I have several Sabians in my set up! Welcome to DrumChat!

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    Hey Chris, Welcome to Drum Chat!!

    That's a VERY sharp looking kit!
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    Cheers guys, thanks for the welcome

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    Nice Cabria Chris. Black on white is soooooo good looking.
    Plan on getting rid of that medium XS20 ride? I could use one...
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    Quote Originally Posted by quikstang2 View Post
    Nice Cabria Chris. Black on white is soooooo good looking.
    Plan on getting rid of that medium XS20 ride? I could use one...
    Thanks mate, I've bought a HHX Stage Ride so the XS20 Ride is currently on eBay.

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    Haha! I just noticed you're in AU. Shipping would be a tad costly for me. Well, at least you got a great replacement and a killer kit to rock out on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by quikstang2 View Post
    Haha! I just noticed you're in AU.
    Yeah I figured that

    Check out eBay though, I've picked up all my cymbals for awesome prices.

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    My local music store has had a re-assurgance of Premier products recently, a couple of years ago there was basically no Premier stuff, they have some real nice vintage kit's in there now. They've got some of the newer stuff too, the APK's and Olympic's, but I don't know which ones are the better kit.
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    The new APK's are better than the Olympics, but the XPK's are better still. They're the 'low-end' maple kit. The APK's are maple/basswood.

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    hmm, maple and basswood.. mixing the low with the high? brilliant!

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