I know I'm a lil late on this, but I've played on a GP before. The girl who owned them had replaced the heads, and gotten a new pearl snare, but it still sounded a bit off. I basically use her kit for a practice kit when my band practices over at her house, but each time I spend like 45 mins trying to tune them up. So far I've only gotten a moderately pleasing tone from the highest tom. Snare is awesome though. I also use my cymbals because the GP cymbals sound like trashcan lids. The hardware is also crap, but a little bit better quality than a lot of other entry level stuff I've seen.