Dale wrote:All my Brady gear was stolen years ago. Along with a shitload of other gear.
That is TERRIBLE!!!!
I think that warrants death to the theif...
I didn't know Brady had fell off like that. My snare is a few years old and when I ordered it, it was directly from Chris Brady...I got lucky I guess and had an awesome conversation about the instrument with him. I covent that drum, i'd let everything else go before that.
The Starclassics are an excellent choice then...I believe that DW has followed suit in a substantial quality drop off & well Gretsch has never been worth the money EVER!!! The jasper shells are a crock of shit, and not worth the extra money in my opinion. "That great Gretsch sound"...great marketing ploy & an excellent catch phrase that has fooled the masses into buying a decent shelled kits with garbage hardware for way too much money.
Ever see Spirit Drums?? I think they may be out of your price range, but the whole idea of the entire kit coming from one Ironwood tree intrigues me.