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    In your opinion what is your favorite/best professional grade drum set, Tamma star classic, pearl master series, gretsch renown, DW performance, and obviously many more by each of these companies and much more companies. Thanks!

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    There isn't one.

    It's all about what you preferences are.

    Much like shoes, jeans and anything else that can be tailored to FIT.

    Drums are much the same way. Especially high end kits....
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    Is there one of the ones i posted that is noticeably not as good as the rest or noticeably better than the rest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EddieV View Post
    There isn't one.

    It's all about what you preferences are.

    Much like shoes, jeans and anything else that can be tailored to FIT.

    Drums are much the same way. Especially high end kits....
    /\ This. Matter of fact, you could get into quite the discussion around what actually defines a "pro" kit. These types of questions, while valid and useful to generate lots of thought, generally don't help you in terms of making a decision on what kit to buy. It's what you like.......period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbean View Post
    Is there one of the ones i posted that is noticeably not as good as the rest or noticeably better than the rest?
    The quality has improved so much through the years that you really can't go wrong with any of them.

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    definitely a super opinionated question and location too.

    Also there are SOOO many new faces out there producing some wild stuff. Like SJC drums. I'm really liking some of their custom stuff.


    One of my favorite companies from a long time ago was Nooble and Cooley. But I see no one with their kits. I had a chance to buy one years ago but couldn't afford it.

    I'm also a big DW fan but I know a lot of here have super mixed reviews. Either love them or hate them. They're great or they're over priced and over rated yadi yadi yadi. All personal opinions and preferences.
    14pc Yamaha Maple Custom Vintage (24pc in total) | 12pc PDP X7 | 9pc Ludwig Jr. | 9pc Pork Pie ZebraWood | 7pc PDP Classic Concept Maple | 4pc PDP Classic Concept Maple BOP | 5pc Sonor International | 5pc Ddrum Dominion | 5pc Orbitone | 4pc Sonor Martini | 65 Snare drums and growing!

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    I am in the market for a new one soon and just wanted to see if there was one over the top that I should get or one that sucks that I shouldn't get. Im leaning towards gretsch renown or DW performance.

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    Difficult to give valuable advice based on the information that you've provided. Plus, you're confusing things. In one thread you say you're going to get a Catalina kit. In this thread.......you say Renown or a DW Performance. You're all over the place.
    Last edited by inthpktplayer; 11-25-2015 at 10:38 AM.

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    yes i understand, after reading some of guys thoughts and some other forums, Im just going to forget the mid grade and go to a better nicer kit

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    Buying a Ferrari or Lamborghini doesn't make you a better driver.
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    yes but if i buy a midgrade drum set now then in a year or so I am going to get a better one, waste of money

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    I've frequently wondered the same thing (except I include Mapex Saturns in my 'which is the best' list)

    I currently believe the best one is the model in the prettiest colour. My opinion may have changed by the end of the week.

    If you are going to make such an important and expensive purchase I would wait a while, have a good look around to see what is available and try to make a decision based on your own preferences. There is no harm asking other people's opinions but tastes differ - what sounds good to one drummer may not do it for you.

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    Setting the context, you asked about PROFESSIONAL GRADE.
    Many, many drum-makers provide some excellent shells...........I really do like all of them...........and why not ?

    I realize I may be in a small group here but, I would first look to buy American-made.

    That quickly limits my choices.............I very much appreciate the QC of DW but I think the big lugs on the Collectors are not their best............I would also likely ignore the boutique provisions..............so I would have to choose between making a custom order for Gretsch USA or Ludwig Legacy/Custom Maple.

    I love all three of those lines and would be very proud to play/own all of them.

    Once I owned one of those preferred lines, I would be comfortable to add anything else to have options.
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    I concur with Ricardo as I too prefer to go American made having played Ludwig drums exclusively for the past 35 years. IMO, the Gretsch and Ludwig heritages are unparalleled in the industry today and for me that is extremely important. Every time that I sit down to play I feel like am standing on the shoulders of giants ...

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    Ludwig Legacy Maple.
    Last edited by inthpktplayer; 11-25-2015 at 03:59 PM.

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    OK. I'll jump. Get the DW Performers set in your listing. Great stuff, and good resale value.

    Personally, considering only those in your list, I'd go with the Tama Starclassic because of the plethora of available finishes (especially the White Marine Pearl), cast hoops, and tremendous hardware fixtures.

    So, there you go. Go get that DW kit TODAY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dangermoney View Post
    IMO, the Gretsch and Ludwig heritages are unparalleled in the industry today and for me that is extremely important. Every time that I sit down to play I feel like am standing on the shoulders of giants ...
    Well said, DM.
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    Here's the bottom line...American made shells, Ludwig metal snare and Zildjian cymbals, and I promise you, play any venue in the world, with any group of instruments and musicians, playing any genre, and you are going to sound VERY GOOD to FABULOUS. No if's, buts, or ands!! The only factor would be your ability to tune drums, good head choices and of course sound people (if this applies)

    all the best...
    Last edited by kay-gee; 11-25-2015 at 04:56 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EddieV View Post
    Buying a Ferrari or Lamborghini doesn't make you a better driver.
    ^^^^100% true.
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    I believe Mike Portnoy said it best....when you get into that levelof set theyre all quality. Its just a matter of preference.

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    All the legit brands have some great stuff at the upper end. I play a Saturn kit, and have been nothing but happy with it. That said, I've played some really nice collectors kits. They sounded great, but not necessarily better than the Saturns. It really is a matter of personal preference. Let your ears decide.
    Mmm... Saturns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weezy View Post
    All the legit brands have some great stuff at the upper end. I play a Saturn kit, and have been nothing but happy with it. That said, I've played some really nice collectors kits. They sounded great, but not necessarily better than the Saturns. It really is a matter of personal preference. Let your ears decide.
    Even some of the mid level stuff is more than worthy these days.
    I too own Saturn (lV) drums and Ludwig Elements.. Each has its own sound.
    It's hard to say what would be best for you. You need to try and get out there and play one different kits and see what has your voice.
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    love my yamaha recording custom and mapex orion

    both now discontinued but are rare gems

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    Quote Originally Posted by dangermoney View Post
    I concur with Ricardo as I too prefer to go American made having played Ludwig drums exclusively for the past 35 years. IMO, the Gretsch and Ludwig heritages are unparalleled in the industry today and for me that is extremely important. Every time that I sit down to play I feel like am standing on the shoulders of giants ...
    awesome analogy. Always been my belief, but never knew just exactly how to word it.

    all the best...

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    If the drum fairy came to me and said "Joe, you can have one kit, any kit you want, I'll pay for it, what kit would you like?"

    I'd take a Sonor SQ2 kit.

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