By: Martin from Wilkesboro, NC - USA
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
I think that the product is fairly well made. The bearing edges are not the best in the world (sort of rough to the touch). Granted, I ordered my kit as a "dent and scratch," so it is what it is. While I'm not sure that it would hold up to the rigors of being on the road, I think that it will do just fine as a practice set and something to learn on. At this price point, a person doesn't have to be terribly careful about hauling them to some local gigs. It should make load in and load out a breeze as compared with larger kits.
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
Not a ton of features on a shell pack. The hardware seems like it will be ok. However, I must say that when I ordered my kit, it came WITHOUT kick drum spurs, which was very disheartening. This was intended as a Christmas gift, and I finally received the missing parts in the mail on Jan. 7th. The rest of the kit had already arrived the day before Christmas and the day after Christmas. I'm still not sure why it was shipped at two different times. In essence, I had this shell pack stacked up in the corner of my basement for almost 3 weeks while waiting for the bass drum spurs. I was happy when they finally arrived.
How is the tone?
I may be sort of biased b/c my other kit is a top-of-the-line Pork Pie kit which costs literally 10x what this shell pack costs. With that said, this kit doesn't sound too bad. I can't wait to get some remo ambassador coated heads on these to see how they sound. The factory batter-side heads are the exact same as the reso side - clear, single-ply cheap heads. I'm sure these will sound good as resonant heads, but they sound pretty bad as batters. I'll be changing these out sooner than later. The snare is ok. It comes with a coated head on the top, but the snare side head isn't that great. It just feels cheap. I had to take the heads off to re-seat them. I'll be a getting a coated remo ambassador for the batter and a something better for the snare side. Time will tell how they sound. The kick is nice. I think that there's a lot of potential there; however, right out of the box, I'm not exactly blown away. This is my practice set, and I'm basically using them as targets.
Your general opinion of this product.
I think for the price, it's a good value; however, for those that are new to playing drums, keep in mind that you still have to buy hardware, cymbals, and a throne. I really wanted a small bop drumset, and I already had some cymbals and hardware, so it worked out. However, if I was just looking for a drumset and I wasn't as particular about sizes, I'd be referring to craigslist first before buying new. These drums work for me, but I don't know if they work for everyone.
Was this item an overall good value?
I think that it's a pretty good value. Time will tell though. If you spend $399 on a shell pack, then spend another $300-$400 on hardware (don't forget the kick-drum pedal, hi-hat stand, and throne, which are minimums), then another $300-$400 on decent cymbals, the final number would buy a great set of drums used. However, going with a shell pack worked for me.
The pictures do not do the silver sparkle wrap on this kit justice. It's not quite as vibrant as a broken glass finish, but it's much flashier than the traditional sparkle wrap.