No this isn't a joke. I recently went to a drummer's house and he had 4 MIJ kits and told me he was looking for more. They all had names I had never heard of (like Del Ray), they had cheap hardware and frankly they sounded like...well let's say subpar in my opinion. I spoke to another drummer I know who said he knows someone who is always buying MIJ kits and snares. Maybe it's me.. I just don't get it. I fully understand vintage collectors who want classic Slingerland, Gretsch, Ludwig and Rogers kits. But why MIJ stuff like Del Ray and Kingston????