So, I had an opportunity to NOT have to unload my entire drum set this weekend at one of the venues we played. Instead, I played a set of the newer Gretsch Renowns which was the house kit. I noticed that they didn't have the silver sealer inside, but they were finished quite well! They were flawless! They had a set of clear emperors on the batters and the factory single-ply clear heads on the reso sides. Wow! What a terrific sound! Now, I'm gonna go get a set of emperors for my CM kit. Those drums were stellar, and I would NEVER hesitate to play a set like that again. I've played an older set of Renowns, and they were great; however, I played them in my basement which is a terrible room. It was nice to play one in a great venue! I also added my BB 14 x 8 snare and my Heartbeat cymbals. If the USA version of these sounds better, I really don't see how.