Originally Posted by rmandelbaum
Most mid level kits thses days are actually very nice, Grestch, pdp, tama, ludwig, etc. they all make all maple kits that can sound great with good heads.
Tell me about it. I get pissed skimming through Craigslist and looking at chain store prices these days. When I was rounding up all my crap (decades ago), "cheap" meant that nasty vertical mahogany grain or with the zola coat or whatever inside the shells, and cheap chrome on the hardware that flaked off after a while.
They've got a lot of nice stuff to pick from these days for peanuts. Can't speak on the current cymbal
situation, but at least they've got the drums knocked out.