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  • #16
    I got sent stainless steel tension rods with my SMX anyway, was a nice surprise. Tension rods are cheap as hell if you want to upgrade anyway. It still basically stands that you can buy a Session and upgrade all the hardware for less than you can buy a Masters. The only real difference is that point is the finish, and I couldn't really care less. My SMX in Marine Blue Fade looks amazing, and I prefer it over any Masters finish I've seen. (Can't say the same for Session finishes VS Masterworks finishes, naturally.)

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    • #17
      ^ To that point, it all comes down to personal preference. There's no bother arguing about that.
      Originally posted by ConnectiveTissue
      drumm55insane is for the most part, a tool
      Nailed it.

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      • #18
        This debate will rage on and on. There is no question that a Sessions kit is worth every penny, and then some, compared to a Masters. I do believe however, that a Masters kit is worth every penny also. It all boils down to how many pennies you have, and if the extra MAGIC of a Masters kit is something you want. Now, if Pearl would just offer a Sessions kit in a Natural finish.
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        • #19
          Originally posted by phips
          This debate will rage on and on. There is no question that a Sessions kit is worth every penny, and then some, compared to a Masters. I do believe however, that a Masters kit is worth every penny also. It all boils down to how many pennies you have, and if the extra MAGIC of a Masters kit is something you want. Now, if Pearl would just offer a Sessions kit in a Natural finish.
          Good post! I believe that Masters are worth every penny too - the reason I bought Sessions actually had to do with justification - I felt I could justfy spending around $1000 for a 4-piece shell pack and I couldn't do that with the Masters - I'm not a good enough player. Yet.
          Patrick G.

          "95% of the average 'weekend warrior's' problems could be solved by an additional 30 minutes of insightful practice." -- Anonymous

          "Let's be honest... drummers don't have piles of money laying around, just piles of drums." -- Gord the Drummer

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          • #20
            I just purchased an MRX in natural finish, and am stoked with it. I was absolutely considering a session, but got a second hand masters shell pack for a great price - a few hundred less than a session without the snare and h/w..

            I've played the two side by side, and I prefer the Masters, and that's not just me being a w&*ker because I bought a masters. I was seriously tossing up between the two.

            I do notice the diff in the tuning - it seems a lot smoother on the masters, even on a used kit (s/s rods and brass inserts), but maybe it's me. I'm not a super spec-head.

            And don't forget the 10 lug B/D.

            Natural maple finish..... MMMmmmmmm.... The finish is KILLER, without a mark on it. It has been a working kit too, which is a testament to the quality of the finish. I really like the session finishes (esp Marine Blue Fade, and Blue Burst on SBX), but the finish on the masters is superb.

            And don't forget the matching b/d hoops.

            Hoops is a preference thing. Mine sounds fine with the mastercasts... punchy and full, without too much overtone (which the sound men just gate off anyway...).

            I'm glad I went with the MRX, but the sessions are still great value. I would say to anyone, if you can afford a new masters, or care to wait around a bit and get offered a good deal on a mint condition, used masters, go that way. Otherwise - Go Session...

            But that's just me....

            BTW - I'm a Tama convert, too.....

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            • #21
              Curious - what was your prior TAMA kit and why did you convert?
              Radical 1

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              • #22
                It was an old Rockstar DX kit (wrapped silver finish) from my days touring in a "hair metal' band. It was well battered about and the wrap is starting to lift etc. We were playing hard rock in clubs etc, and I used to trigger a bit, so the sweetness of the sound wasn't so much of a priority. I used (and still use) a pearl Custom Z (CZX maple snare), for the big snare sound. I hired kits to record in the past.

                Zildjian cymbals.

                Basically, it was time to upgrade. I was considering a starclassic maple, but they are WAY overpriced (in Australia at least) for what you get. I wanted a certain config (10,12,14,16,22) and that was impossible to find 2nd hand and would have cost me the earth new. There was no point buying the Tama S/C performer (birch), or I might as well have bought the pearl session SBX for a lot less $$$.

                The MRX sounds SWEEEETTTTT!

                I've got a rehearsal tonight, so photo's should be in the masters threads in the next day or 2.

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                • #23
                  nice posts rueben, can't wait to see your kit. I love Natural finishes.
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                  • #24
                    see my post in masters

                    pics are in Masters - "bought me an MRX"

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                    • #25
                      the way my Session masters kit purchase went was like this:
                      I bought the session for $1259, I figured out that I wanted the 8x7 and 16x16 floor tom. Those two items would be about $550 extra. So the total price on the session would have been $1810.

                      The price for the BRX shell kit I ordered was $1799 plus my extra 2 toms(8x7 and 16x16) for $775. So the total for the BRX for me was only really $765 more than the Session with comparable sizes. IMO the Diamond burst finish is worth it.
                      Zildjian K, A custom
                      Masters BRX in Diamond Burst received 10-29. 2x22 then 8-10-12-14-16-18.
                      switching to Sabian HH and HHX on the masters :cool:

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                      • #26
                        IMO, the only reason to get a Masters is to get a MHX kit. Just my opinion
                        Turbo Christian
                        Keepin it Chuch!
                        CHRISTIAN DRUMMERS ARMY

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                        • #27
                          well the reason the Session series came around was because Pearl took the most popular Masterworks setup and made it into a line to bridge the gap between Export and Masters. i think it was a good decision, because you go from an $800 set to a $2000 set? but yes, Sessions are amazing, i have an SBX and i absolutely love it. i will never buy another drum set (unless i seriously gig)
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