Inexpensive? Yes...but I LOVE THEM

C.M. Jones

Well-known member
" . . . they have a new kit for you. Yet you ignore them because you know what you have is all you need?"

That encapsulates how I feel about my entire setup:

Snare: Pearl Music City Custom USA

Toms and bass: Pearl Session Studio Select

Cymbals: Zildjian A Avedis

With the above appointments, I can record and gig with equal success. Unless my gear is stolen or damaged, my needs (and wants) are fulfilled. For years to come, heads and sticks will be my only acquisitions. You can tether me to that announcement.
 

mikyok

Platinum Member
If it wasn’t for a 6 month delay and 2 failed orders I too would be the proud owner of a World max NOB! (y) :)
You have got one but it's got the Ludwig badge on it.

They're great snares, used mine for recording and live. It just cuts through everything and the tone is there as well.
 

cbphoto

Gold Member
Has anyone ever had a mid-level kit that they just loved?
I’ve played maybe a dozen mid-level kits in various churches: Gretsch Catalina, Tama Superstar, Pearl Export , Yamaha Stage.

Without exception, they all sounded really great with new heads and all cleaned up. It was always the hardware that got abused and mangled, and it happened on all brands.
 

Darth Vater

Senior Member
" . . . they have a new kit for you. Yet you ignore them because you know what you have is all you need?"

That encapsulates how I feel about my entire setup:

Snare: Pearl Music City Custom USA

Toms and bass: Pearl Session Studio Select

Cymbals: Zildjian A Avedis

With the above appointments, I can record and gig with equal success. Unless my gear is stolen or damaged, my needs (and wants) are fulfilled. For years to come, heads and sticks will be my only acquisitions. You can tether me to that announcement.
I wouldn't classify your setup as "inexpensive".
 

C.M. Jones

Well-known member
I wouldn't classify your setup as "inexpensive".
Neither would I. I know I've got great gear. Even better, it's the exact gear I want, and I feel fortunate to possess it. My response wasn't directed toward the price-point concept. I was addressing the question of being content with my setup and having no need (or longing) to replace it or expand it. That's a very satisfying condition I don't take for granted.

I doubt gear gratification has much to do with entry-level, midrange, or high-end affiliations. It's more about finding what calls to you and works for the music you're playing -- as well as for the settings in which you're playing it. It's a highly individualistic equation that can defy the hierarchies of price tags.
 

Darth Vater

Senior Member
Neither would I. I know I've got great gear. Even better, it's the exact gear I want, and I feel fortunate to possess it. My response wasn't directed toward the price-point concept. I was addressing the question of being content with my setup and having no need (or longing) to replace it or expand it. That's a very satisfying condition I don't take for granted.

I doubt gear gratification has much to do with entry-level, midrange, or high-end affiliations. It's more about finding what calls to you and works for the music you're playing -- as well as for the settings in which you're playing it. It's a highly individualistic equation that can defy the hierarchies of price tags.
First word in thread title.......... "inexpensive".
 

PorkPieGuy

Platinum Member
Has anyone ever had a mid-level kit that they just loved? One that did the job a higher end kit would do...

I've liked and been impressed with mid-level kits, but I've never really loved them because I would find myself always looking for something else. When I bought my Pork Pie USA kit, I stopped looking at drum sets for a decade. The only reason why I bought another set is because I took my Pie kit to church and left it there. I learned about Ludwig Classic Maple during this time. I still have a lot of love for Pork Pie, but I love the kit I'm playin now. To my ears, a mid-level kit won't touch it.
 

Darth Vater

Senior Member
LOL, I could buy this used Renown set and still put the extra $300 back in my pocket for what you paid for that snare. C'mon this thread is about el cheapo stuff. You're an elitist now like us other gear whores!
 

Seafroggys

Silver Member
I do! My Sonor Force 2001 was at the time a mid-level (though might be considered more entry level in this day and age) but it's still my main recording set. I don't gig with it much anymore, I have other, higher quality sets in gig bags ready to go so it's just more convenient. But it's still my favorite.
 

Otto

Platinum Member
Premier XPS...got it new around 1995.(teal finish turned out to be a good choice)

It is considered a mid-level set...I couldn't really imagine a better set of shells. I really like the birch overall. Bearing edges are flawless...but not all of the floor models were cut properly-possibly custom mis-cut...was fortunate to understand the issue when I was shopping)

I really don't need new shells...but my cymbal/tom stands could use some replacement...along with a lifetime supply of sticks(Rock and Jazz natural finish plastic tipped Vics would be fine) and ambassador weight heads(not too picky on brand but I have traditionally really enjoyed Remo)

It's an odd market...I get confused when I sit at some 'High End' shelled sets and try to do the math on paying so much more for what I am hearing. As most understand, the sound is usually in the heads, beds and tuning (well, and playing of course : )
 

C.M. Jones

Well-known member
You're an elitist now like us other gear whores!
Though I decline admittance to that hapless clan, I do appreciate the generous offer.

If you want to get technical, my Session Studio Select toms and bass could be defined as midrange from a price perspective, though Pearl does market them as a professional line. I got them not because of the rung they occupy on the status ladder but because I really love their tone. They have a special something that sets them apart from the Masters offerings. It's not that I dislike the Masters. The Sessions just appeal to me more.
 

wildbill

Platinum Member
Though I decline admittance to that hapless clan, I do appreciate the generous offer.

If you want to get technical, my Session Studio Select toms and bass could be defined as midrange from a price perspective, though Pearl does market them as a professional line. I got them not because of the rung they occupy on the status ladder but because I really love their tone. They have a special something that sets them apart from the Masters offerings. It's not that I dislike the Masters. The Sessions just appeal to me more.

You'll be eligible to post in the thread when you love your Pearl Midtown set. ;)
 

Darth Vater

Senior Member
Though I decline admittance to that hapless clan, I do appreciate the generous offer.

If you want to get technical, my Session Studio Select toms and bass could be defined as midrange from a price perspective, though Pearl does market them as a professional line. I got them not because of the rung they occupy on the status ladder but because I really love their tone. They have a special something that sets them apart from the Masters offerings. It's not that I dislike the Masters. The Sessions just appeal to me more.
I think you're trying to play both sides of the fence there bro. I read that review of that $900+ snare you're now sporting. The export and stage custom peeps don't take kindly to that type of ostentatiousness! 🤣 ;)
 

C.M. Jones

Well-known member
I think you're trying to play both sides of the fence there bro. I read that review of that $900+ snare you're now sporting. The export and stage custom peeps don't take kindly to that type of ostentatiousness! 🤣 ;)
I don't play sides of fences. I cut fences down to facilitate trespassing.

I'll still be playing my Music City Custom snare ten years from now. It's the snare I wanted for a lot of different reasons. Ostentation wasn't one of them.
 

wildbill

Platinum Member
The Pearl Midtown is a fine set of drums. Their dimensions wouldn't do it for me, but I find no fault with their quality.

Oops - I meant Road Show. I'm not that familiar with Pearl drums, I had to look it up.
Four configurations with 18, 20 and 22" bass drums.
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