I completely agree with your MCX assessment josh.
Eric G : Pearl,pAiSTe,Remo,Vic Firth,SKB,Roc n Soc,Roland V-Drums. Icon 501. Masters MCX Chestnut Fade
22"x18",10"x8",12"x9",16"x16". Ian Paice Snare. Why not ...
Depends on what your used to. I played Export kits for years. When I found the Sessions Elite kit for cheap it opened my ears to the joy of a better wood kit.
Now that I have a MCX kit, it's like night and day. They are amazingly thunderous and warm. I love the tone they have and that's with used Pinstripes still on them.
I haven't even mic'ed the MCX yet. I'm almost afraid to! I've lived here 17 years and no complaints from the neighbors yet. But when I do mic them...it maybe a different story.
I've never played a DW kit because, well....they're not Pearl! DW does make a nice throne though!
Thin, all-mahogany shells with sharp 45° "Masters" edges will give you deep, low, fat sound, but with attack, provided by the edges. That combination sounded really nice to me.