Inexpensive? Yes...but I LOVE THEM

Ransan

Senior Member
Over my time here on the Forum, I've seen many posts about upgrading your drums. Most of us started out on a beater kit that got us through some good times & took a licking. But then opportunity knocked & we upgraded to our "holy grail" kit. One that does everything you could ever dream of & is probably the one you'll keep for life.

This begs the question: Has anyone ever had a mid-level kit that they just loved? One that did the job a higher end kit would do & yet you didn't feel the need to upgrade? One that you take a ribbing for by your friends in the form of, "You still playing on that bar basher? Dude...2021 called, they have a new kit for you." Yet you ignore them because you know what you have is all you need?
I have found my holy grail of kits with the Ludwig Vistalite that probably more in line with your answer to the second.

However your second question definitely makes me think of my Pearl Sessions, but they also make me think of my old PDP FS series kit too.

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! 🤣 ;)
Stop it! 🙂
You have inflicted yourself and us with your suspect semantic drudgery in the form of topicals around here so much so, you have our guy @GetAgrippa talking in not mathematic equations but functions and they’re relative!
 

Darth Vater

Senior Member
I have found my holy grail of kits with the Ludwig Vistalite that probably more in line with your answer to the second.

However your second question definitely makes me think of my Pearl Sessions, but they also make me think of my old PDP FS series kit too.


Stop it! 🙂
You have inflicted yourself and us with your suspect semantic drudgery in the form of topicals around here so much so, you have our guy @GetAgrippa talking in not mathematic equations but functions and they’re relative!
I refuse to enter the arena of loquaciousness occupied by our thesaurus inspired and verbose supreme leader of Pearl fan persons. Not only that, I will not subject myself to voluminous diatribes of Mr. GetAgrippa unless absolutely necessary. If can't you say it in a couple sentences, I'm scrollin' on by. ;)
 

s1212z

Well-known member
I recall a budget Pearl Wild 500 sounding fantastic that I used in a practice space set. Also had a ZHT 20" flat ride that sound fantastic as well, another budget cymbal.
 

C.M. Jones

Well-known member
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.
towards the bottom of the page
My seven-year-old son, who started on a practice pad a few years back, is playing a Pearl Roadshow Jr. right now. A well-built set overall. Like all Pearl hardware, the bass pedal and hi-hat stand are impressively durable. Are the shells crafted to top-notch quality? No, but I wouldn't expect them to be at this level. The Roadshow Jr. does what it's supposed to do: provide a friendly, low-maintenance playing experience for the introductory drummer. It's holding up nicely, and I highly recommend it to anyone in search of a kid's kit.
 

someguy01

Well-known member
My $329 90s era Premier XPKs.
First time with birch, it's impressive, I wonder how the eucalyptus center ply effects the tone.
They're well made drums, sound hardware, and they hold a tune.
Previously, it was the PDP CX kit I had way back when.
 

wildbill

Platinum Member
My seven-year-old son, who started on a practice pad a few years back, is playing a Pearl Roadshow Jr. right now. A well-built set overall. Like all Pearl hardware, the bass pedal and hi-hat stand are impressively durable. Are the shells crafted to top-notch quality? No, but I wouldn't expect them to be at this level. The Roadshow Jr. does what it's supposed to do: provide a friendly, low-maintenance playing experience for the introductory drummer. It's holding up nicely, and I highly recommend it to anyone in search of a kid's kit.

"....Inexpensive? Yes...but I LOVE THEM..."

Either you don't get the point of this thread or you're being intentionally obtuse.

Either way - I'm out.
 

C.M. Jones

Well-known member
"....Inexpensive? Yes...but I LOVE THEM..."

Either you don't get the point of this thread or you're being intentionally obtuse.

Either way - I'm out.
Huh? You referred to the Pearl Road Show. I replied that there's a Roadshow Jr. in my household and that it's a good kit. It's also inexpensive. How in the name of logic and reason is that "obtuse" content?
 

NackAttack

Well-known member
I had a set of exports for around 13 or so years. I had the means to upgrade them after about 4 years but I liked them and saw no need. The reason I eventually sold them is kind of a long story and I wasn’t keen on the idea but I ended up with a set of Tama Starclassic Performer B/Bs.
 

Bozozoid

Well-known member
From day one I've been perplexed why to my ears budget kits sounded better. I just want deep..dark..ill argue to the end that I've heard R.O.C. kits that I liked far better than some D.W. kits. Rounded edges..covering over lacquered finish..pourous Luan with nice edges (even). I can't tell you how many conversations I've had with drummers at shops scratching our heads why people flip over the DW stuff. This is a thread where we all have to be outside grilling sipping some brew and getting DEEP into this.
 

ron s

Senior Member
Inexpensive sets - Ludwig Element Birch - paid around $600 for it and it has paid for itself many times as it is my primary gigging set. Aquarian heads, upgraded Atlas hdw ( atlas mounts, and rods for cymbal mounts) . Set sounds great and sets up/ breaks down quickly and no problems.
also Ludwig Club Date SE - hdw not quite as nice, but also sounds great and has gigged many times with no issues.

Relatively inexpensive ( for USA made) classic maple - love it too much to take it out to play in bars. Hoping to get a gig where we have some distance from the crowd and bring that bad boy out for the world to see in all its Mod Oranew glory.

I can say I’m happy with all my gear and not looking/ needing / wanting anything else…
 

PorkPieGuy

Platinum Member
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.

I’m so happy you got that snare drum and that you are enjoying it. There’s nothing like the perfect snare drum! Pearl makes some of the best out there.

I’m having a really hard time not gushing about my new 14 x 8 Black Beauty. I’m waiting until I have about 20 gigs under its belt before I say much of anything else.
 
I have mentioned this before. I have a Tama Imperialstar ($700 new?). I added a third 8" closed tom and 6" and 8" DW Design Series concert toms. The kit meets all of my needs and I dont see a need to upgrade. Very happy with the sound and quality.
 

roncadillac

Member
My favorite "cheap but great" drum product would be those mapex steel piccolo snares. They are fantastic side/effect snares, work great as a gigging/back up snare, they record well, they look nice, and they can be had for usually around $60 brand new.
 
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