Hi, I am a new guy here. I have been reading a lot of posts and now I am ready to ask a question.
First, a little bit about me. I have been playing for about 22 years. I have been in bands for 21. I have had neumerous kits over the years from junk to grand. I am currently playing a 1985 Tama
Imperial Star that I bought in 1993 and I love it, but that 80s experimental stuff with the Mohogany shells is getting tired. I play a 16X24, 14X15, 16X18 configuration all flat and really low. I also use a Premeir Heavy Rock 9 snare.
I need the new drums to do triple (at least) duty. I play in three (for now) all original bands; a Surf-Punk band, Pop (Very Foo-Fighters) band, and an Alt-Country (Very Sun-Volt, Uncle Tuepelo, Wilco) band.
I have been doing a lot of research lately into buying a new kit. I would love a set of DWs
in an exotic wrap with a high gloss laquer. However, price is preventing this. 3K for 3 shells is a little steep for my budget.
So, I have been looking at some smaller custom manufacturers using Keller shells and 2.3 mm hoops (just like DW
) and I was looking for a little help if anyone has any experience with any good brands.
So far I have been looking at, Medicine man (a little pricey), Jeff Kirsch (I reaaly like these), C&C, Jackson, SJC, Phattie, FVF (U.K.), RJS, and the one I am leaning towards Tech Time (Canadian). I have also been looking at some stave drums (Lignum, Joshua Tree, Artisan) but that is another ballpark ($$$$$$).
I am trying to stay around $1,500 US for the 3 shells with RIMS-type mounts.
As for the shells; I am looking for 18X22 , 10X12, 12X14. All virgin shells with RIMS-type mounts. Preferably in an exotic veneer with a laquer (maybe fade or burst) finish. No Wraps!
I am also looking at American made Ludwigs
(already priced exotic w/ laquer and mounts for 1600 bucks) and Mapex
(too much money).
Any help would be greatly appreciated. So thanks in advance.