Thanks for sharing those facts about the evolution of the XPK. Do you still have a Premier Kit in your shed? (You know before the Cabria range started coming out?)
I visited your site and saw a couple of premier snares. How often do you use each of them?
I found with premier, their hardware is pretty much top notch, plus there is consistency (nothing drastic about clamps...and if you had an old clamp, and a new clamp...they would be pretty much interchangeable (aside from the advancements of the new clamp of course)
Hah...who am I kidding...Pearl sort of has the same thing going on! (and I bet other manufacturers as well.) I might juse be biased.
mikeellis wrote:Some info for you guys...
The APK range started life in 1985 as the Royale APK, the Royale range was introduced in 1983 to replace the Premier Club series, which itself had replaced the Olympic line that had been around since 1937. APK was the acronym for 'Advanced Power Kit', offering drummers on a budget the chance to own a kit in 'power' sizes.
By 1987 the Royale range had been reduced a single headed beginner kit and both APK and Royale were sporting the single tension 'speedboat hull' lugs. By 1989, the XPK range was introduced and the Royale disappeared and both A and XPK now having Premier's classic hi-ten single braced lugs.
The difference between A and X is A are wrapped and X are lacquered, otherwise they are the same. The wood used over the years has changed, originally made from luan then with a birch veneer over merranti and by 1997, they were a birch/eucalyptus/birch 'sandwich', they also were fitted with the small 'mini-mass' lugs at this time. The APK line was discontinued a few years later, replaced by the Cabria range and XPK followed shortly after.
Recently Premier has reintroduced the range with the Cabria XPK, Cabria APK and Cabria PK series.