What's the best drumset you've ever played?

Pearl, Tama, Yamaha, DW, Ludwig, Premier, Mapex etc.

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Post Sun Sep 24, 2006 11:44 am

I've played DW, Pearl (for 16 years) and all the backline kits I get these days all seem to be Yamaha, Maple and birch customs. I'd have to say it's a toss-up between recording customs, and my Taye TourPros (seriously). I am pinching myself every time I play these babies, particularly the big drums, the sound enginners can barely control all the low end (for real).
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Post Mon Sep 25, 2006 11:11 am

DW Collectors kit - 7 pc. for soundcheck in the Acer Arena - EPIC! :D
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Post Mon Sep 25, 2006 10:40 pm

My main kit: WFL Green Sparkle, 14x26, 10x14, 16x16, 16x18, matching cannister throne, '62 Ludwig 6.5x14 Alloy Supraphonic. I've been playing this kit since '94, and it cuts every other kit I've heard or played.
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Post Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:23 am

bunnybunny wrote:
juNgle beatZ wrote:I never had the opportunity to play anything better than Yamaha stage custom :roll:

SCs are great kits IMO. The best kit I played was Gretsh Catalina Birch. I really love those babies

THANKS man :wink:
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Post Wed Sep 27, 2006 2:20 am

Drum are drums for the most part. Especially all the custom jobs that use the same Keller 8-ply maple shell. HELLO people! It's the same drum! Anyway... These stand out to me:

I endorse Medicine Man Custom drums. They are super thin 6-ply maple with an inside bearing edge. Not a double 45 where it meets in the middle of the shell, but where the head meets is actually on the inner edge of the shell. Perfect punch, with beautiful low end. They're the loudest drums I've every played or heard. Definitely my #1.

DW is the standard.

Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute is really beautiful but a little bright for my taste, still very awesome though.

Mapex Orion has a sound all their own. Unsurpassed sustain on toms. Best kick.

Starclassics are hit and miss.
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Post Wed Sep 27, 2006 3:17 am

Yamaha 6 piece Bladk Laquire Recording custom 12" 14" mounted toms 16" 18" floor toms 24" Bass Drum W/14" ludwig Black Beauty Snare, Axis double pedal, 14" Zild Hi-Hats 14" 16" 18" Zild Platnum med. crashs 22" zild ride. W/ Custom Anvil cases one fit the two mounted toms, one case fits the two floor toms, One case for the the Bass and a custom trap case. I loved it perfect tone for any room or mic set up for outside gigs. :D
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Post Sat Sep 30, 2006 7:10 pm

I totally agree w/loop...Yamaha's Recording Customs and my Starclassic Performer Birch.
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Post Sun Oct 01, 2006 11:10 pm

I've smacked a DW kit before at the local drum shop. Pretty damn nice. But the nicest kit I've actually played on would be my Pearl SMX kit or my old drum instructors Mapex Saturn Pro. That was a nice sounding snare!! :D
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Post Tue Oct 03, 2006 1:38 pm

Well lots of great kits over the years. Brady jarrah, Ludwigs vintage 60's, Pearl MLX, Pearl BLX, Sonor Delite, TAMA Superstar maple etc etc.
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Post Tue Oct 03, 2006 11:37 pm

Sonor Designer Series
or the Yamaha recording custom tuned real nice of course
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Post Wed Oct 04, 2006 9:07 am

i would have to say my Tama Starclassic maples with Evan g2 clear heads. Ihave them tuned using a dial and they sound superb!!!!!

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Post Sun Oct 08, 2006 4:34 pm

Most difficult question I have read here yet. (My 1st day!)

Tama StarClassic Birch (or was it Maple?)
Yamaha (old thing)
Slingerland (old thing)
Sonar (new thing)
Pork Pie (1998ish)
Premiere (small tommed "jazz" kit)
and my 1st kit- the "Buddy Rich 'Rhythm Pro' "! (from Sears)

Also like- (sorry folks) Roland v-drums. I know I know.
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Post Mon Oct 09, 2006 1:12 am

I thought I'd answered this one, but:

The answer is of course;


Yeah, Baby! Yamaha RC 9000's! :D
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Post Thu Oct 12, 2006 8:18 pm

the best drumset i've ever played would have to be a Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute 7-piece kit in black sparkle finish. it had evans ec2 heads and it was perfectly resonant and dead at the same time. really bouncy cymbals too. zildjian k's i think?
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Post Fri Oct 13, 2006 1:22 pm

The best sounding drums i've ever played are my Pork Pies. But i chalk that up to my head selection and my being able to tune them. I've played on DW's and Starclassics but have always hated they way they sounded. Mostly because the drummers had them tuned really deep so that they barely sang at all. To me it's pointless to buy expensive drums if you're just going to tune them that way. Personal preference i guess.