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  • Sess or masters...THE OFFICIAL REVIEW

    http://www.drummersdigest.com/en/ind...=130&Itemid=25
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  • #2
    Nice, thanks! Nutzo, do you got any sound clips of your SMX? (sorry, this has probably been asked a lot)
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    • #3
      Thank you very much...just what i needed!

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      • #4
        Thank's nutzzo
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        • #5
          Just out of interest how is the review "official?"

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          • #6
            Thanks guys, I'm glad you liked the article.
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            • #7
              Can a hoop really make that much difference?

              I've compared my BLX (which has superhoops and no RIMS / ISS / Optimounts... the tom brackets are on the shell) to a BRX and can hear no notable difference.

              By the look of it, the session series are basically BLX / MLX shells with masters lugs and ISS. If I were buying new now, I think I'd find it hard to justify a Masters kit and would probably by a session birch set.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by chrisp
                Can a hoop really make that much difference?

                I've compared my BLX (which has superhoops and no RIMS / ISS / Optimounts... the tom brackets are on the shell) to a BRX and can hear no notable difference.

                By the look of it, the session series are basically BLX / MLX shells with masters lugs and ISS. If I were buying new now, I think I'd find it hard to justify a Masters kit and would probably by a session birch set.
                They have Optimounts, not ISS.
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                • #9
                  And a hoop makes difference. That's why Sonor Delites use die cast on snares and flanged hoops on toms. It's all taste. A friend of mine actually changed the hoops of his Masters to flanged SuperHoops since he wanted a little brighter and livelier, not so controlled sound on his toms. The differences, though, are all about a little fraction of the whole sound. So we're not talking revolutionary changes in sound, switching hoops.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by champdave
                    Just out of interest how is the review "official?"
                    That's what I'd like to know.The writer did NOT even mention the superior finishes on a Master's kit vs. a Sessions.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by russb66
                      That's what I'd like to know.The writer did NOT even mention the superior finishes on a Master's kit vs. a Sessions.
                      Let's just clarify one thing here. We at Drummer's Digest never called this article "official" anything. We simply responded to a reader's letter. He wanted to focus on sound, and so we did. But, we also mention looks. However, I didn't want to go too deep into the finishes, since you can order a Masters kit in a session finish, and probably vice versa (Pearl guys?). Also, I consider some of the session finishes to be just as good looking as the Masters.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jake
                        and probably vice versa (Pearl guys?).

                        /Jake
                        Nope just sessions on masters..
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                        • #13
                          Cool, the editor of Drummer's Digest posting on the forum!

                          I agree with the article, I think it did mention Master's has more variety and a more expensive finish.

                          Before reading the article I had already decided I'll be ordering a Sessions over Masters. Not having bottomless pockets has something to do with it but I would probably want to change the die cast hoops to either superhoops or Yamaha aluminum die cast - which in the end would cost more than buying Yamaha Absolute series drums. I would love to have the Masters lugs on my drums (and slightly better grade wood/finish), but the added cost cannot justify the difference to me.
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                          • #14
                            The lugs on Sessions and masters are the same nowadays.
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                            • #15
                              another thing, is the masters are available in more sizes. esp the kicks.
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                              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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